I have a group of Lavender Orpington chicks we received last Friday. They are not thriving at all. Two were dead in the box and the rest were *very* lethargic. They are just not normal, active chicks. Since they arrived, about half of them have died now including two today and two more that are ready to go at any minute. What would you guys do? They are acting the same now as they did right out of the box, no improvement. I have done everything we would typically do. I separated them into two different brooders as some were much larger than the others (two of the larger ones died in transit). Of course, I hoped they were just weak from the trip, but when they never perked up this weekend, I added some vitamin water/karo syrup. They appeared to be eating, just not as much as normal so we added some soft food (hard broiled egg). I don't think there is much more we can do. There is no way to describe it other than they are just not thriving. They appear very weak and just stand heads hanging. They are not active at all, very lethargic. They are eating some, just very minimal. I guess my question is threefold... 1. What do you think may be wrong with them? (Right now, I am leaning towards perhaps that they were exposed to something in transit like fumes or something). 2. What would you do? Would you just cull all of the ones that appear weak at this point? (that is all, but 1-2 of them though). 3. If you wouldn't cull them, what would you do? ( We are already trying some vitamin water and soft food/hard broiled egg). I am really not sure that anything can even be done at this point. We have been pretty lucky until now. I have never had chicks arrive in such bad shape before. I think they had to have been exposed to something in route. Whatever it is, they are just not snapping out of it. I know what I would normally recommend someone else to check for and we have already considered everything. They definitely arrived weak like this. The temperature is fine, no signs of cocci (they are on medicated Start and Grow), the feed is fine (a couple other groups of chicks have been eating the same feed and are fine). I really think something happened en route, like exposure to a toxin (or I suppose possibly overheating, but that doesn't seem likely).