Cornish Cross hens. Loss of feathers and warm. Whats wrong?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by couvgirls, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. couvgirls

    couvgirls New Egg

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    I bought Cornish Cross hens 1 week ago and they are hot like they have a temp and it looks like the feathers are falling out. 1 died a few days after getting them. Does anyone know what it might be?
     
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  2. tadkerson

    tadkerson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cornish cross are meat birds and are raised for 6 to 8 wks and then processed for consumption. They often die from ascites or pulmonary hypertension or some form of heart failure ( right ventricular failure). The demand for oxygen goes up in these birds during cooler weather or when it is hot- this leads to the problems I listed. It is not unusual for cornish cross to die.

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  3. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    You probably have too much heat on them. Only feed them for 12 hours on than remove the feed for 12 hours. Thay have a high metabolizi, they will feel hot. Make sure they always have lots of water. You might want to try fermented feeding.
     
  4. paridisefarm2009

    paridisefarm2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    may I ask What is fermented feeding.? I have seen it before but dont know what It means
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Its when you set feed or grains in a bucket and you add water and ACV ( unpasteurized) and let it ferment for 12 hours to 2 to 3 days for all grain. The wayer should be 1/ inch above feed Upuu drain it then feed them. You csn get more info off the meat bird forum. I havent tried ot yet, but im going to this go around with my meaties. It is supposed to make thrir poop not so runny snd they eat less.
     

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