We decided a while ago, it would be great to get some chickens. expecting them to be fairly low maintenance, and good from a sustainability point of view. We got out first 2 in August 2012 and seem to have managed to kill 5 of them since. is this normal? The first two we got, (Salmon Faverolles) one died after the second night. It had a weird ball patch on it's bum, so maybe wasn't 100% healthy, but main problem with that one is that teh bulb in teh heat lamp went out in teh night, so i guess it got cold, although it did survive another couple of nights. When we got a replacement for her, we also got a third one (one Salmon Faverolle and one Pekin Bantam). One faverolle got sick just before Christmas, we took her to the vet (who thought she had gastro), she finished her course of antibiotics and died the next day (boxing day), she was about 22 weeks old. The next faverolle went the same way about a month later although she died on the second day of antibiotics, even though she looked a lot better that the first one who died. She got an autopsie and turns out she got some sort of stomach infection, which we apparently couldn't have done anything about. The pekin Bantam was then left on her own and got very broody, so we discussed with the breeder and decided to get her day old chicks, we got 2 polish, 1 peking bantam, 1 wyandotte and one autralorp. The mum adopted the other pekin pretty quick but it took a bit lonegr for the others. About 2 days after she adopted them all, i found the peking dead. Now 3 weeks later, we come back home to find the Wyandotte lying in the coop on her back on her own, but still breathing. Took her inside, put a light over her and tried to feed her a honey and water mixtur. She lasted about 30 minutes before she was dead... I think we look after them well, and I really don't know what else we can do, but it seems like a lot of deaths in only 8 months. Is this normal at all? Any help greatly apreaciated, it's really put me off getting anymore!