Crested breed chicks dying for no reason?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chubbydog811, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. chubbydog811

    chubbydog811 Songster

    Dec 24, 2008
    New Hampshire
    We got an order in from Welp last week of 20 bantams, and 10 crested breed chickens.

    First it started with mine - 2 of my crested silver laced polish chicks randomly died - they were fine when I checked them, but not 20 minutes later, they were on the brink of death. They looked like they had hope of living, because they were responsive. They just acted like they were tired, but then died 20 minutes later. This happened over the course of 2 days.

    I talked to my neighbor today, who got 5 crested polish in this order (and 10 bantys) and said the same thing happened with one of theirs...

    The bantams are showing not even the slightest signs of illness...
    Any reason why it might be? I'm assuming its something to do with genetics in the crested breeds, but who knows?

    Any info would be great!
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2009

  2. Crested fowl do very poorly in cold weather, not being cold-hardy, even as chicks. Even if that were to have nothing to do with it, they are also known for being sickly. It's happened alot lately, to tell the truth...

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