This is my first time trying meat birds, I ordered 15 from Murray McMurray Hatchery. I followed all of the steps that were suggested: made sure that the heat lamp was on and up to temp for 24 hours prior to their arrival, they had free access to warm water with sugar added, and food. They are in my garage right now which I am keeping the doors shut on so they don't get a draft. The morning I got them it was 40 degrees out, but the post office had them inside- got them home, dipped all their beaks and showed them the food. They all warmed up and seemed active and healthy. Within 24 hours 4 died- I literally checked them and everyone seemed bright and alert and mobile, 1 hour later 2 dead. The other 2 I found prior to dying and they were just weak. I put out some greek yogurt and they all seemed happy for the next few days. Got cable installed yesterday and the garage door was open for a little while but they didn't seem cold (they weren't piling up under the lamp) this morning I check on them- 2 dead and 1 that is now neurologic (right leg and wing aren't functioning). What the heck am I doing wrong?! I have raised chicks before (egg layers) several times and never lost a single one, and didn't put in half as much effort. So now I haven't even had these darn things for a week yet and I've pretty much lost half of them. At the rate I am going by next week I will have invested money into getting fresh meat and have nothing to show for it. I should also add, that I don't feel like they are eating as much as everyone else's chicks on here are: I filled the feeder the first day and have been topping it off by adding about 1-2 cups every other day.
Edited by yolkie - 5/17/16 at 6:03am