Picked up 11 chicks on Friday. As of yesterday I have lost 4. Although I've raised chicks before, this was quite alarming. You almost expect to lose one, maybe two, but this shocked me. Now I have some with poopy butt and I swear it's hard as rocks! Added oatmeal to feed this morning. I thought it was strange that I lost mostly Blue and Bar Cochins (1 Orpington). I say mostly because I had a Blue (supposedly) that looked so much like the Bars that I couldn't differentiate. They didn't have pasty butt but they seemed to stagger and fall over a lot. Are these particular chickens, Cochins, not as hardy as others? I'm doing all the right things I think. Would love to hear from anyone knowledgeable about these breeds and also how common is it to lose that many of any breed? I've also read about adding molasses to their drinking water somewhere. Plan to look into that. Ever hear of it? Tried it? Except for the PB, all but one that is having to be cleaned frequently, are active. I'm so freaked out about losing more that I'm beside myself! Have looked through the site and found lots about PB but none recent.