Sometimes you HAVE TO sacrifice some chicks to save others I hatched the prettiest batch of chickies ever! (48 strong and fluffy) but two late comers were "weak and sickly" but I moved the 48 healthy day old chicks to the brooder pen inside my big coop...... I should have put down the weak ones. They died anyway. But I rushed to put the strong chicks in the outside pen too soon..... The outside pen had 1/2 inch of water in it, (I sprayed my meat birds with the hose to keep them cool......) so I added pinshavings to make mud and covered up the water and everything looked ok until this morning.... Did you know day old chicks can drown in 1/4 inch of MUD? I lost about 14 total chicks and the rest I brought back into the house and put back in the brooder that they were in the first place..... Moral.... take care of the strong ones keep them on the brooder pen and just do not worry about sick weak chicks. Nature's way is best. I was so wrong..... I lost some pretty chicks and I am really shook up.