I'm feeling frustrated over this situation with some chicks I purchased from a silkie breeder in my area and am looking for some input from all of you. On July 5th, I took my 3 daughters to pick out some chicks from a breeder that's about an hour away from where we are. We ended up taking home 6 chicks, 3 silkies, a cochin, and 2 sizzles. I noticed when we got home that one of the silkies (the one my 9 year old daughter picked out) was real little and scrawny but decided to just keep an eye out on him. I put them all in a new brooder with all new bedding, feeder and waterer. My two daughters did handle their two quite a bit but then that's how I generally raise all my chicks so I was not too concerned. Wednesday night I noticed my 9 yr old daughters chick not doing well. It's crop was empty and it was chirping a lot. I went out to feed the older chicks and get a container to quarantine it and when I came in the other chicks had buried it almost completely. I quickly removed the chick from the brooder and spent all night making sure it got water and vitamins. It did sound like it had a crackle in it's chest but made it through the night. The chick died about 7:30 am the next morning while my daughter was watching it. When I notified the breeder and asked if I could come get a replacement chick for my daughter because she is just devastated, the breeder commented that she wanted to wait to make sure no more chicks died. I was ok with that even though I was fairly certain this chick was just weak and anything the chicks had any new chick would have also been exposed to at HER property prior to coming to me anyway but whatever. Fast forward 1 week. Today I get an email from her saying that she doesn't feel comfortable giving me any new chicks because she is just CERTAIN that the chick died because my daughter handled her too much and that she is upset that I didn't intervene and set some boundaries for her. REALLY??? She goes on to state that if I can assure her that I have told my daughter she can't handle the chick when it is young and set some limits and make sure she will follow them and only let my 9 YEAR OLD have supervised play time with the chick when it's old enough to handle then she will consider selling me another one. I'm sure some may disagree but I really don't think the chick died from overhandling. It certainly wasn't cold in the heat we are having and I didn't allow her to let it get too hot. It's not like I have never done this before for heavens sake, in fact one of my projects for my vet tech/poultry and livestock man. class was a study on animals and growth rate/health with and without human skin/skin contact. The ones with more human contact were by far the healthiest and had the best growth and development. I haven't responded to her yet because I am still too angry. I want to get my daughter a chick but I don't want to deal with this lady.. I am so mad!