My first glitch in my meaty project was noticed yesterday. I need to provide a bigger feeding station for my flock, as the competition for food at my small feeder has become fierce with the bigger birds trampling the young and tender skinned meaties.
Edited by Beekissed - 5/12/10 at 6:00pm
Two of my meaty chicks were injured yesterday and I believe it was from my rooster. I don't think he flogged them as I've never seen him flog another flock member. I think he stepped on them and his enormously large and terribly sharp spurs ripped some skin.
I trimmed his spurs and will be setting up another trough tomorrow. The two chicks injured seem very bright-eyed and are moving around quickly, just like the rest, but the wounds are pretty bad looking. One had a puncture/slash wound to its neck but is eating, drinking and foraging the same as usual. The other one was scalped and has a flap of skin over it and one flank was flapped open as well. Both wounds on this chick are dry and not visceral but look horrendous. I placed NU-Stock on the wounds and watched them for signs of more serious injury....they both look like nothing happened and are running around much like the rest of the chicks.
If they survive, they are hardier than I've been reading about. If it looks like they have become infected and are suffering, I will cull immediately. I don't like the thought of a bird suffering so it can "take its chances".
For now, I will see if the added feeding station will alleviate the crowding at the current one.
The meaties are loving this rainy and cool weather and have been more active in their foraging than previously, are almost completely feathered out and growing very well. They look great other than the wounds I have mentioned.
I placed unpastuerized ACV in their water this evening as an immunity booster and will continue to do so from now on. Their water disappears so quickly that its hard to keep up!