Hello, I hope someone might have some ideas....A quick history of our lil delawares... We ordered a straight run of delaware chicks... we received 15 we are guessing three different ages. Didn't get a straight/ exact age when I asked the seller. Anyhow, we are thinking they were couple days old (some), a few about a week old and a few alittle older maybe 2 weeks. Again these are guesses. When we got them two of the little ones were dead in box. One more little one died that night. We have a couple that didn't seem as fluffy as other (the older ones of the bunch) and a couple of the little ones we nick named droopy cuz their wings were drooping. We noticed last thursday two of them were sneezing/weezing. we immeadiately seperated them from the rest and went to southern states and bought VetRX and followed directions for that. The two that we quarrentined were a little one and a medium size one. The little one died on friday. the other one is still hanging in there- isn't sneezing anymore but does seem to weeze or gasp for air every now and again. Yesterday, another smaller one was acting really droopy all day. I listen to him , he was not weezing or anything but I did notice that when he would lay down he was VERY slow at getting up. Well, he died last night. This is breaking our hearts. We have lost over half of these chicks. Some of the ones left are very fluffy were as the others seem scruffy (thin not fluffy feathers) we have two little ones left and the rest are either the med. or larger size. One of the 15 is very obviously not a delaware. Not sure what happened there but.... My husband was telling a couple farmer friends what was happening with them and the both said sounded like worms to them. I see no signs of worms in their poo- My question is should I just go get some med for worming them and treat them all or what? If so what medicene am I looking for? We thought maybe it was a reaction to maybe the amonia in their poo- we raised 10 RIR from hatching to 9 weeks old and we did them no different then we did these. Only thing is we ordered live chicks for these because we couldn't get eggs to incubate. I make sure their area is clean and we have a red heat light for them. I am switching out the dirty stuff several times a day now so that I am sure the smell is not hanging around. We have decided we will never order live chicks or eggs through the mail again. It is not worth the risks to the chickens and it is so sad when these little ones don't make it. We are newbies at this and have hatched RIR with now problems. We hadn't lost any chicks until these delawares. Is it possible it is worms? Could they have come with an illness that is just now showing up? I am going to email the girl we bought them from and let her know what's going on and see if her delawares are sick at all but I would hope if they are she would have notified us. Anyhow I am hoping someone might have some thoughts, I don't want to loose anymore of these guys/gals. Thanks again for your advice!!