Heres the deal-
I have 8 eight-day-old chicks, and then added 15 one day old chicks, some silkies and frizzles, the older ones are ee's and BO's. The first chick to pass was a super small Silkie, we noticed it was smaller than the rest, but I thought it was moving and eating ok so we left it in with the rest.Then today I found 1 of the larger day olds that was a frizzle obviously flattened by the other chicks dead in the pen, and the last to pass was another frizzle, but when I saw it, it was laying on its' side, eyes closed and kinda gasping in a weird way. I have all the stuff required, proper heat with thermometer to check temps, daily fresh water (all beaks dipped to make double sure they could find water) food at both ends (medicated chick starter),they are in a big, 100 gallon horse watering trough for space, newspaper with shavings and straw on top.....
So anyone have any ideas as to COD? I figure the tiny one was just too small, and the flat one may have got squashed, but the last one was fine last night, but today I found it on the floor of its home gasping and then it died in my hand when I picked it up to examine it
Do they need more space maybe? They're tiny and only use half the space right now as it is. The bigger, older ones are not harrassing the newbies- I watched them for a long time to be sure. Is it normal to lose a few chicks when you have this many? Anybody have any advice on the why or how to prevent more deaths?