Let me preface this by saying, I am an experienced chicken mama. I hatch several broods of BCM's a year and raise and butcher at least 100 Cornish X a year, but these silkie chicks are making me crazy! My young son wanted to keep silkies as a little side business. He has 3 hens and 2 roosters who all seem healthy as can be. The hens go broody often and we let them set their eggs, putting eggs that don't fit under the hens in an incubator. We have no problems with hatches- most of the eggs hatch perfect chicks- but most of the chicks die within the first 2-3 days of life. They are chirping, fluffy, look perfect, and the next day they are dead. We have tried raising them in brooders with and without mama. We have put auxiliary heat in there to help the hen. We have tried different feeds. We have dipped their little beaks in water to get them drinking. They are in a clean brooder with clean bedding. Of 4 broods, we have only managed 6 healthy chicks that grew into teenager-hood. 75% or more die. I can't bear to see my son cry over these dead chicks any longer. What is going on?!