baby rocks with bare bellies

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by j_d, Jun 11, 2008.

  1. j_d

    j_d New Egg

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    greetings, i have had my chickens for just less than a week now. i have 15 buff orpingtons and 24 (lost 1) c. rock crosses. kept in seperate boxes with fresh pine shavings. free access to water and food. the rock crosses all have matted and worn feathers on their undersides to the point where they are almost bald. the buff's dont have this problem. i would appreciate any suggestions. they appear spunky, eat a lot and seem to be otherwise healhy. thanks.
    josh
     
  2. Double-T-Family-Farm

    Double-T-Family-Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    with meat birds you are suposed to remove there feed or let them run out of food before 8pm each day and give it back to them the next morning..
     
  3. TexasJoe

    TexasJoe Taking a break

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    yes, it is most likely that the bedding is still getting moist from urine/feces. Unless you change it EVERYDAy and keep them in large areas. The big meat birds tend to lay down more, too..
     
  4. j_d

    j_d New Egg

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    thanks folks, we have been pretty dilligent on keeping the bedding fresh but im going to try and find a bigger box to keep them in. maybe that will help keep things even dryer.

    also the hatchery told me it wasnt necessary to take their food away when they are this young, only as they get older and if they have problems. we are also giving them vitimans/electrolites in their water. any opinions on this are appreciated too.
    thanks,
    josh
     

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