Cornish X problem

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  1. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my smaller Cornish X 5 week old chicks is having a hard time standing this afternoon. It will stand up, take a few wobbly steps and falls back onto it's bum. I have separated it from the rest but wondering if there is anything I need to do? [​IMG] It's still eating, drinking and pooping normally.

    Thank you for any help.
     
  2. stux2c

    stux2c Out Of The Brooder

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    completely normal. wait til their 5-6 weeks old, they sit around and try to stand, but normally just wobble back down. if you dont want to fatten them up so much, pull the food every 12 hours, but beware of monsters ready to eat your arm off when you go to put the food back after 12 hour absence. Freakin dinosaurs.
     
  3. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:LOL...they are already on restricted feed and yes, they are definitely ready to eat as soon as I walk in the coop!!

    Thank you for the info.
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you know how much it weighs? When they start hitting the 6 pound range, all they do is get to the food and eat. [​IMG]
     
  5. myhubbycallsmechickeemama

    myhubbycallsmechickeemama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I weighed it this afternoon and it only weighs 3.1 lbs. It's definitely one of the smaller ones and that is what freaks me out. Should we just keep it separate and fatten it up or should we go ahead and cull it?
     
  6. kristen_k

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    I had one that was doing that last week, he was 4 weeks and one of the smaller ones. He would sit funny and his legs would stick out to the side a little. I finally culled him because he wasn't able to get up anymore and I felt really bad for him. He did make a tasty dinner [​IMG]
     
  7. FeedYourself

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    Quote:I weighed it this afternoon and it only weighs 3.1 lbs. It's definitely one of the smaller ones and that is what freaks me out. Should we just keep it separate and fatten it up or should we go ahead and cull it?

    I personally would cull the bird who couldn't get up and move about, and did so earlier this evening. He weighed out @ 3 lbs dressed, but couldn't hardly move when I arrived home from work. A few minutes work = a great family dinner.
     

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