I need a bit of help to figure out what is going on with my new chicks. I purchased 25 chicks from Meyer Hatchery. It was pretty cold while the chicks were in shipping. I ordered 10 White Rock, 3 Dark Cornish, 5 Speckled Sussex, 5 Gold Laced Wyandotte, and one Barred Rock, one Easter Egger. 2 Sussex were DOA, and 2 more died within minutes of getting home (a DC and a GLW), presumably from the cold. Over the next 2 days, 2 DC and 2 more SS died, one WR, Everyone else is alive, healthy, eating and doing great. I did a reorder, this time from a different Hatchery (Ideal). I ordered 4 White Laced Red Cornish, 5 Dark Cornish and 2 New Hampshire Reds. Again, it was pretty cold on the final day of shipping. Two were DOA again and in the first two days All but 3 have died. Now for conditions of the brooder, I have a 250 watt heat lamp warming up the brooder from about 10 to 12 inches up, but the chicks have places they can go to cool off if they are too hot under the light. They are all given medicated chick starter, constant supply of fresh water. The second batch also got grow gel the first day. I have handled them all and made sure there are no pasty butts. Nobody is panting under the light but they aren't huddled under it either. The ones that die become lethargic, refuse to eat or drink much and even after being given droppers of water from a small dropper, dont recover. They are also noticeably smaller than the survivors. Once we get past the 48 hour mark, the remaining chicks seem healthy and continue being normal chicks. Is this my fault? Is there something I should or shouldn't be doing for them? Is this a result of shipping stress? Stress from the cold during shipping? Just bad chicks? I have never had this problem in the past. Any tips or suggestions would be very much appreciated. Josh Kansas City area.