Hi there I got a lot of help from the good people on this site when I was incubating and hatching my 8 silkie eggs - now I'm back again asking for help with my babies. Yesterday morning I got up and checked the chicks - alas my small white baby had died, i had noticed it was a little quiet and not eating as much but i had no idea she was on deaths door - so now I have seven - who, touchwood all seem well - see pic: I think my temps are fine - they are 1 week old and temp is 93 - they have fresh water - I have only fed them chick crumbs - I have pine shavings, mixed with a little straw (which I didn't put down until day 3, when I was happy that they knew where their food bowl was) - I can't think what it could be - am hoping it was just meant to be, she was very small from the start, maybe something out of my hands? Another question - I have noticed my other white one bathes in the food bowl, do you think its time I put a sand bowl in with them (might they eat it?), what kind should I use, childrens play sand?, should I add crumbs to it so they can have fun scratching through it? Also, if I give them a little broccolli to play with do I need to cook it - was thinking more of a fun activity than food, any ideas what else I can give them for fun? they don't seem interested in the balls and toys they have got? today I cleaned out their bedding and instead of laying the shavings down I put it in 2 piles hoping they would jump into it but they just walked on it and didn't really scatter it. Sorry for the long post, I know you'll all forgive me - lol Thanx for any advice.