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Cornish cross chicks dying

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Farmgal10, Nov 4, 2015.

  1. Farmgal10

    Farmgal10 Out Of The Brooder

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    We ordered some cornish cross chicks a week ago from a hatchery and after a few days they started dying. Everyone is eating and drinking water fine, then a few hours later their dead. Brooder is at 90-95,we have a nipples waterer and shallow dish, chick starter for 10 hours on 14 off so they don't over eat and they were supposed to have been immunized against Cocci at the hatchery. Any ideas as to why they keep dying? We list five this morning at a week old.
     
  2. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Week old chicks need feed and water all day. Not sure if that's your problem but it might be.
     
  3. Farmgal10

    Farmgal10 Out Of The Brooder

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    I just saw that the stupid birds are just trampling each other. It's not a health issue at all!
     
  4. ChickenJerk

    ChickenJerk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nope, it is a management deficiency.
     
  5. Hummingbird Hollow

    Hummingbird Hollow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd suggest access to food 24 hours a day. Check your brooder for drafts as little chicks are susceptible to drafts. I'm also wondering where you live and if this is your first batch of Cornish Cross chicks. I ask because I've given up on them. I've had great results with Freedom Rangers and Red Rangers and layers, but dismal results with Cornish Cross. I live at 8,000 ft of altitude and I believe that this may be a contributor since CX have heart issues. I've also never tried brooding baby chicks at this time of the year, and wonder if your shippment may have been subject to cold temperatures in transit and may be compramised in some way.
     
  6. Hiltonizer

    Hiltonizer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At that age, there's no need to restrict food. Worry about that in weeks 3+.

    In my experience, CC's have very weak ability to digest coarse feed. That, combined with restricting feed, is probably causing them to get their crops bound up. Give them 24 hour free choice, and avoid bad feed (Dumor!) and they'll stop dropping.
     

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