Tyler Ludens wrote:Have you tried to give them different feed? My chicks have never been healthier since I stopped using any kind of commercial prepared chick feed. I feed mine mixed bird seed from the grocery store and buckets of good soil from the vegetable garden, which contains worms and other critters. They start getting buckets of dirt at about three days of age. After about a week I start giving them bits of leafy greens.
I agree it's possible getting chilled has debilitated them. If no part of the brooder is warmer than 85, that is not quite warm enough for very young chicks, who need 95F in the warmer parts of the brooder during the first week.
Chart for chick temps: http://www.nutrenaworld.com/knowledge-center/poultry/heat-lamps-for-chicks/index.jsp
...temperatures in the brooder, and the chicks are not clustered together under the light, but moving fairly freely and sleeping separately: close to but not under the light...
Tyler Ludens wrote:If you have a food processor or blender, you can grind some of the food to smaller pieces.
As mentioned before, make sure the chicks have a cooler place to get to in case they're getting too hot. Also make sure they aren't panting.
chad duncan wrote:You might also want to consider trading the heat lamp for a 'mama heating pad'.