Emotional Rollercoaster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ruckusred, Mar 29, 2018.

  1. Ruckusred

    Ruckusred In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2018
    My husband and I decided to start a backyard flock this year (we just got married and moved into a new house this past October.) This was to be my project, and I settled on getting 6 Cream Legbar chicks from Greenfire Farms. I promptly bought feed, grit, waterers, feeder, and began researching different brooders and coops. I got a Brinsea warmer, and got everything set up in anticipation of their arrival. Then a snowstorm. Shipment delayed - of course! Don’t ship them in that weather.
    Rescheduled shipment date comes, and another snowstorm. Since the last time I called Greenfire, and emailed, I got no response, just a form email saying the shipment was rescheduled, I assumed they’d delay again. Disappointed but I wanted the chicks to be safe. I was surprised, then, when I got a tracking number saying they would be here the next morning.
    They were not, in fact, and did not come in for another 2 days. I had ordered 6, 11 were shipped, and 9 arrived.
    Cue the death song.
    Over the next few hours and days, 3 more perished, and I’m not sure exactly why. I had also gotten 5 bantams from Tractor Supply when I thought my original 6 were going to die in transit, and all of those died.
    Out of the 11+5, I have 6. And today a chick appears on her way out with a large mass on her left lower side.

    This is terrible.
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  2. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  3. FrankieDoodle

    FrankieDoodle Poppy-Dog

    Jul 29, 2017
    :frow Welcome to BYC!!! :woot I'm sorry for your losses :hugs
  4. Ruckusred

    Ruckusred In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2018
    Yup, all the ones from TSC dropped within 48 hours. Feed was milled within the past 3 weeks. Brooder is about 90 degrees.
  5. TomZilla43

    TomZilla43 Songster

    Apr 23, 2017
    White House, TN
    :welcome. Well dang what a tough start to chicken keeping:(. So sorry for your losses, but so glad you could join us. Hope that things take a turn for the best with your remaining chicks:fl.
  6. ronott1

    ronott1 A chicken will always remember the egg

    Mar 31, 2011
    Woodland, CA
    My Coop

    I am sorry you had to go through that!

    Shipping stress causes organ damage--usually kidney. It takes up to three days for them to build up uric acid to toxic levels.

    Since the kidneys are dead, there is not much you can do
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    So very sorry for your losses, mixups like this happen often even to experienced Chicken folk. Recently a BYCER's order got sent to the Bermuda triangle or somewhere similar, came back days later and all but one of the chicks had perished.When she went to the post office to pick them up - the clerk was holding his nose . She said you could smell the dead chicks as soon as you walked in the door.
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  8. Joeschooks

    Joeschooks Just clucking around

    Feb 7, 2018
    Hampshire, UK
    My Coop
    :frowHello and :welcome I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your chicks :(
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  9. 007Sean

    007Sean Pheasant Whisperer

    Oct 25, 2015
    South Central Texas
    Howdy:welcome:frow Happy :yato have you join the family. Enjoy your time here at BY! :)
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  10. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams

    G'Day from down under Ruckusred :frow Welcome!

    Chick Sympathy.jpg
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