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Losing baby chicks

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This is my first time with chickens. I bought 20 day old meat kings. They are a week old now and I just lost one. I know this is normal but at what age will this not be a concern?
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When you eat them.  All joking aside, meat birds are generally not as hardy as layers.  They are designed to grow quickly (if they are the meat hybrids) and may succumb to issues with lameness, or cardiac issues because they grow faster than their organs or bones can keep up with.  Slowing their growth by limiting feed helps somewhat.  

Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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Jesus Christ is my pilot.

My husband of 41 years is my best friend and co-pilot.

Enjoying my gardens.  My flock are my garden helpers.

Breeding a winter hearty flock with small combs and colored eggs.

Favorite breeds:  Dominique and EE.  Hatching addict.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1084432/egg-gender-selection-survey

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-laz...

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How do you slow thier growth ?
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