Am I doing something wrong here?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by steveo, May 13, 2009.

  1. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I started out with 26 cornish x and they are about 6 weeks old. I had 5 die up to this point and the rest looked really good. This morning I have another one dead and it looks like it was trampled. There was actually still birds on top of it this morning.

    Should I be putting heat in my tractor? It was in the 30's here last night. The birds are fully feathered so I figured they could handle the cold. Maybe this is my problem?
     
  2. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sounds like it might be the cold. If they are cold and piling up that could be how he got trampled.
     
  3. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    I'd put a heat lamp in there for sure, that is very cold temps. I thought it needed to be around 70 for 5-6weeks fully feathered to be ok to go out in.
     
  4. Yes, they're cold if they are piling up like that.
     
  5. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    They are probably not dying FROM the cold, but as a result of the pileup of chicken bodies trying to keep warm RESULTING in the death of birds. Hope that is not too confusing.
     
  6. Quote:Correct.
     
  7. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had one more bird that was really lame laying with its eyes closed barely breathing. I think this might be something more than the cold so I called around for advice from some places that test birds.

    I just culled the bird that was not moving and am packing it up to be tested at the University of Maine Animal Health Lab. They think this could be something more than the cold too. I will be putting a light out for heat tonight just in case. I want to make sure that I do not process and eat sick birds. Better safe than sorry.

    These are turning out to be some really expensive meals.
     
  8. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    Also, at 6 weeks, it could have easily been a heart attack. Keep light on them to be safe, but he could have happened to have had a heart attack in the middle of the night.

    What color was his comb? I think they turn purple if they have a heart attack, but someone may correct me on that??
     
  9. steveo

    steveo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I think his comb was still red but not sure, the last one that died is in the freezer and will be getting shipped to the lab at the end of the day. I am assuming they will be able to tell me if it was a heart attack. I hope there not having heart attacks because they still have about 3 weeks to go before my earliest appointment at the processor.
     
  10. SpringChickens

    SpringChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    College Station, Tx
    hmmm.. I don't know. There's always the axe hehehe [​IMG]
     

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