Originally Posted by SnowChik
I'm so sorry about losing your little one...it's always a heartbreak...
I've had good success with the three basics: cleanliness, high-quality feed and good supplementation. Try to keep all your pens as clean as possible and your bedding dry. Depending on the stage mine are in, that can mean cleaning things up to daily. Also keep your bedding dry. When I help friends here locally with mortality problems, cleanliness is the first thing I look at.
Give a feed with at least 18% protein (more if possible.) I raise my Crevies with show Langshans and my mutt broiler/layer birds, so they get the same special feed as the big guys and seem to do very well on that diet. I never feed less than 18% protein. (They don't seem to do well on feed for layer hens or scratch.)
I also supplement chick water with an electrolyte/probiotic blend for chicks, then transition them to an adult version at 3 months. By 2 1/2 months all my Crevies are quite "fat" and I can't feel their breast bone. They look very appropriate for their size. My line is the heavier Crevecoeur, so they mature to around 7-8 lbs.
Yours should be fine with other breeds. I introduced my shy mama hen (was not hand-raised) to a group of Langshans, LF Cochins and other Crevecoeur and she actually came out of her shell and got friendlier. Just try to keep her away from anyone who's too aggressive (hen or rooster.) That helps them open up.
In reading everyone's posts I'm beginning to wonder if my Crevies are the outliers...They are more vigorous and outgoing than any of my other breeds. They are always the first to greet me and the boys are "the bosses" of everyone...even a Langshan 3 times their size! They've also been tested by extremely cold and hot temperatures and I haven't lost any of these babies. I think mine are a combination of birds from Rare Feathers and Urch, because those are the birds they look most similar to. In any case...I adore them!!! I'm still new to them as a breed, so I'll try to share what I observe as they grow.
Hang in there and I hope your little Crevie does great!
-Steph (sitting with my Langshan "helper" on my shoulder...)
hey, i wanted to answer even though its been awhile...my parents have both had surgery recently and i have not been on BYC in a long time.
Anyway, thanks for the tips!! I have noticed cleaning the pen daily is very helpful in keeping her a good weight. I recently switch to using poultry nipples instead of buckets and chicken waters, and i must say, it has done a TON in keeping the coops/pens dry and clean. It has literaly cut my work load almost in half, which is helpful when i have over 100 animals to care for every day, lol :)
She is doing good right now, and has been moved outside, though she is still with some other weaker birds. (2 cockerels and a young unknown chick)...they do good together thankfully. Right now she is on a 25% feed mixed with a 18% feed (its starter and grower/finisher that some babies are using).
Yours sound like good birds! You should breed them and get some stronger birds into the mix. From what i've been reading on this thread, crevies that fail to thrive are not uncommon...they sadly seem to be common. if i decide to go into breeding crevies (the two i got were just like a intro into the breed...didn't do much research into where i should get them from) i will look into finding a good breeder.
lol, i have some rescued roosters that love to sit on my shoulder...its so fun!
Thanks again, and sorry i didn't answer sooner!!