I have my first chicks - 8 bantam partridge wyandotes. While I really wanted light sussexs these are a better option for my children of 7 and 5. The chicks are 1 week old today. We have all been very excited. Almost all of my research for this adventure has been from you all at BYC -thanks its been great. Late this afternoon though one, who I think is a boy as it has lighter colouring and is light around the eyes, has runny poop, is lethargic, eyes closed - symptoms described by many of you. The brooder has sand in the bottom with temps between 27 and 32 degrees c. They have medicated chick food - not that they appreciate it as they chuck it all over. I'll try getting corid in the morning (it's midnight here in Canberra Australia) and if he is still with us give him some but also the 7 others. He's separated from his little family and chirping for them - makes me feel sad. I don't want him to die on his own. I've been sitting with him on my lap with a wheat bag underneath and a blue nappy wrapped around him but figure he needs a good sleep if he's going to make it. He's been taking water but no food. I'll wait and see I guess. Funny thing is as I am unable to keep roosters, if he us one I need to rehome him anyway. I hope I get to find him somewhere.