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New member/customer. I ordered 28 chicks from McMurray hatchery, was sent a free exotic which I was really excited about. I got them Friday from post office as soon as they contacted me. I took my chicks home and immediately put them in my brooder which is in my garage. I have kept a heat light on them, fresh water and chick starter/grower. I have now had 3 chicks die, our exotic, a leghorn and a an austrolop. I am not accustomed to a mortality rate this high after chicks hatching. Is this normal?
2/27/2017 9:22 PM report abuse

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Survived our first winter in Montana. Girls did well even when it got to -22.
Your chicks have been subjected to more than just hatching. They were stuffed in a box and sent through the mail. They were bumped. They might have gotten left in a draft. When ordering chicks through the mail I always figure on losing 10 percent. It's the price you pay for getting the variety and gender you want. For that reason I ordered 3 cockerels in my next order. I only need one but am getting extras "just in case."
2/27/2017 9:34 PM report abuse