Cornish X 4h chicks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by PikeCo, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. PikeCo

    PikeCo Out Of The Brooder

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    My kids have raised Cornish X 4H chicks for four years now. We have no issues with them dying, but they always seem to develop a rattle and some slight congestion for the first two weeks. Is this normal for the breed, and is there anything I can do to help them get over it? I have them on Broiler Max vitamins and electrolytes, and fresh, dry, 30% protein feed. I thought the Broiler Max may help, but they did the same thing anyway. I know there are heath issues with any bird that weighs nine lbs. in six weeks, but I wouldn't think they would have respiratory issues every time.
     
  2. bigredfeather

    bigredfeather Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you brood them in an area that has a draft?
     
  3. PikeCo

    PikeCo Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope, brooder is in the house. Got them outside at one week old, in a 10x10 coop, in a shed, with a heat lamp in the corner, nice and cozy.
     

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