i knew i was running out of space as they grew (i didn't expect to have the numbers i did). i've been reading here & a book i had bought, then i got advice from theoldchick today & knew i better do something pretty quick or i was going to start having consequences. i fashioned a new brooder out of our german shepherd's crate (he gave his permission of course). i worked really hard to make sure drafts were not a problem. i bought waterer & feeder identical to the ones they had, trying to minimize their stress. THEN i did the hard deed. i've got a lady coming thursday to take half of my babies. i picked the ones i wanted to keep and keep the numbers i thought i could handle. i moved "my" babies into the new brooder. that worried me because i was afraid the stress would cause decline in some. three hours later everyone seems ok, almost. there was a little buff orpington girl who was starting to decline with all the pressure of the beginnings of over-crowding. i thought she was giving it up. i gave her (by dipping her beak into it) a slurp of sugar water w/electrolytes hoping it would get her up on her feet. she has since gotten up, drank some & eaten some. i don't know about the chicks, but this is causing me stress. oh, and lets not forget that my cats are now all re-interested. they had figured out they could not get to the babies, now there is a new opportunity - or so they think.