We ordered 15 welsummer chicks this Spring, got 17. 2 died within days of arriving. Then the chickens got sick, I assumed Cocci. At that time I had 15 welsummers & 12 Houdans. I lost 13 of the Welsummers & only 2 Houdans. A week later another Welsummer was dead. Looked healthy & fine at bedtime was dead in morning. I have 1 hen left of the original 17. I was given a Welsummer Rooster. Healthy, tame, sweet as can be. Yesterday perfectly fine, this morning dead. All my other chickens are fine. My Houdans & Silkies are doing great. The chicks we hatched a month ago are strong & healthy. I just dont get it at all. Do Welsummers not do well in some climates maby??? Any thoughts, advice, anything?? I REALLY want welsummers, or some breed that lays the super dark eggs, but I am getting very leary of trying again with them.