Got my first meat birds!!! (PIC heavy!!!)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by hydroswiftrob, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well this is my first chicken of any sort. I am so excited. They made it through the first night with no problem at all. I think they grew overnight though :/ . I just wanted to thank the people with experience who have posted here and educated me enough to make me feel comfortable doing this.
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  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Nice, they will be tasty
     
  3. Life is Good!

    Life is Good! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I second the informative nature of this site....without ya'll, I'd be so clueless as to what was going on in the coop.
    Strength in numbers, right?!

    Your chick looks healthy and happy! Enjoy the experience.
     
  4. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One bird seems to be panting all the time. I removed the food last night because I thought it might have over ate. When I came out to put the feeder in this morning, you would have thought that they had not eaten since they were born. I couldn't find the panting one for all of the running around when I grabbed the feed. When I went home for lunch, the bird was laying there panting. He/She is drinking and eating normal and walking around fine, just the panting leads me to believe something is not right. Any concerns I should have?
     
  5. stone_family3

    stone_family3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have seven of them and they are lazy lazy lazy, they are always laying down eating and drinking. I have found a way to keep them a bit active is to move the food and water to different places every time I refill it. I always place the water and show them the water and then let them figure out the food.

    Mine are almost a week now and they're starting to get big and scraggly after much reading here I found it's normal for their fuzz to rub off their bellies and they're going to start looking totally ugly :(
     
  6. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I think the cause of the panting is over-eating. I took away the food last night, when I went to check on them this morning, the chick (whom we now refer to as McFatty) was breathing normal. One hour later after gorging on food, McFatty was back to panting. Looks like restricting the food is my only option for keeping these birds alive. I didn't want to worry with removing the food each night, but it appears to be my only option.
     
  7. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One week old today and they are growing nicely.

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    My Great Dane thinks they are his babies. lol

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    ETA: Added a week to their actual age. They are 1 week not 2. I guess I really can't wait to eat chicken lol
     
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  8. hydroswiftrob

    hydroswiftrob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today, I had an extra 30 minutes before a hair cut appointment, so I decided to drive one block down to TSC just to look at the new chicks they got in and kill some time. This was BIG mistake #1. My wife and kids were with me. This was BIG mistake #2. Our normal friendly cashier was in there and came back to talk with the kids, and ask about all the pets we have. Of course the kids want to take every chick home, but I am standing firm. No absolutely not! (mean dad I know) Then my youngest son ask her why a few of the chicks in the CornishX pen is so much bigger than the others. She said they are a week older and nobody had wanted them. My son then proceeds to tell me we should take them because no one else wants them. NO! Absolutely not! I say. Then the cashier says I will mark them down to .50 cents each. Um okay, sold! So here we are with 5 more meat chicks that I really didn't need. (She had to get manager approval for the mark down. The manager said half off, which was a dollar, but I still took them) $1.00 a piece and they have been fed for 1 out of the 8 weeks they will be alive. I felt like I had struck gold. I might even go gold mining next Wednesday to see if any are left over. This chicken math thing really does suck!


    The above pictured chicks are two weeks old today and I will be getting a picture and posting their growth progress tonight. I am now a dad to 6 two week old cornish and 5 one week old cornish. Please don't let the be any leftovers at TSC next week. lol
     
  9. CubanRooster

    CubanRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    so your not a mean dad after all? [​IMG]thats a great deal! GO DAD! [​IMG]

     
  10. CubanRooster

    CubanRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    and what breed of chicks are these? are these cornish x?

     

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