Hello you all. I became a guinea mom for the first time last Wednesday. It's been rough. We ordered 15 lavenders and are down to 7. I really don't know what is going on. It seems the chicks are just gorging themselves on the food to the point where they are unable to eliminate any waste. They are constantly feeding. They are not drinking enough water so their poop is dry. You can see them straining. The temperature has been just right. Their food crumbles are 18% protein which the hatchery thought was high enough. I thought that maybe it was the wood chip bedding so I took those away on day 2. The chicks will be fine and running around one hour and dead the next, so frustrating! I tried giving them yogurt, they won't eat it. Acidilophus powder helped a little. We put an additional waterer in their area. I called the hatchery and they recommended an antibiotic which we got and began administering in their water last night. My question for you is this... how long do I give them the medicated water for? They are so tiny! The size of meatballs. I don't want to overdo it but I want them to get better. This morning they were all alive and happy. I think it is the first night no one died. I haven't slept since they arrived-- I've set my alarm to check on them every hour. I'm really exhausted. I got an email last Monday night that they had been shipped overnight but didn't get them until first thing Wednesday morning. It didn't appear that there was any food/water in their box when they arrived. It could have just been the stress of shipping and dehydration problems?? It did appear some had pasty butt but even after I cleared the area, got some waste out, and put antibiotic gel on their bottoms to keep it soft they still died. The ones that died had guts that were just heavy with feed. I'm afraid to give them any plant matter because I think the fiber from that would make things worse in their teeny system. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much. I love my little angels!