After much deliberation and research, my daughter and I decided to purchase 6 marans... We decided to keep them inside at a controlled temp for 6-8 weeks after bringing them home (they were 3 days old), within 5 days, we found 1 dead. I called the breeder and asked if we had inadvertantly done something to cause this...she assured me that no, we had done everything correctly. At 3 weeks, we lost the second one...no warning, nothing..at 10 weeks, we moved them into their coop which was at the end of June, during warm weather. The remaining 3 seemed to thrive. Unexpectedly, we lost number this past week, again no warning..no signs of sickness...and number 5 was found dead this morning....my question is, are they so specialized that they cannot be raised in a small brood or is there something genetically wrong with the batch? We have other chickens that are doing well, no problems at all. Any help would be appreciated!