All, I am new to the thread and have spent the last 2 days trying to find answers to why the 22 chicks I bought from Hoover Hatchery are now down to 7. First bit of information that has me ticked is that when I called the Hatchery about the first couple dying they said they were surprised any of them survived the shipment to the post office. I asked why they would have shipped them if they felt that they were at risk and they didn't have a good answer. I am not sure because I am in Maryalnd and we just had a good snow recently if the cold shipping temperature created such stress that they can't bounce back. But when I got them home this past Friday I quickly got them water ( with vitamin supplement in it and electrolytes) and showed them where it was and their food. They seemed to all get the hang of eating and drinking quickly and it was 95 in there brooder. They were all moving around and playful and non were huddling or scattered on the outside to make me think they were to hot and cold. I continued to check on them and then noticed that some then started laying down and acting very lethargic. Next thing was they were dead. Then this morning I woke up and 5 more were laying dead. I visited a couple stores to get some input and haven't gotten any information that seemed to help. My other concern was when they started dying I went and got more from a local store that had them. I got some that were 2 weeks old and I am not sure if the stress of traveling combined with more mature birds is creating more stress which could be adding to the deaths. I am not going to add any more birds until things settle down but not sure if anyone has any suggestions. Feed - Nutrena chick starter crumble medicated Water- I am on a well and made sure the water was not cold for them. Added the electrolyte and vitamin packs to water Poop - looks normal.