In my first attempt at any kind of poultry, 2.5 weeks ago I bought 28 day old (or so) chicks from a breeder I found locally on craigslist. I am down to 19 today. I expect to make some mistakes as I learn, but this seems like a high loss rate. No idea if these guys are horribly inbred or something. I have done all the stuff one is supposed to do, although I have shied away from medicated feed on general principal. Is my loss rate unusually high? Maybe I am doing something wrong? We plan to try incubating some mail-order eggs next to add to the flock and hopefully learn the process.