help need with broilers

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bluep, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. bluep

    bluep Out Of The Brooder

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    hi i my ross cobbs got dirty bums and all there skin looks red and sore and on the breast as they dont seem to have many fathers. if i kill them like this will the skin still look sore and red when dressed.i do clean them out every day as the do make a mess.they sleep on the floor of the coop on straw as they to big to roost any help please.
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  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    If they have dirty bums, they have diarrhea. Add some yogurt to their drinking water and that will help to get their intestinal problems under control.

    I don't know about butchering with the sore looking skin, because mine haven't been that way on the breast. Since it is not something that I have heard any complaints about, I suspect that once they are butchered and bled out they will look OK. Really, you have to butcher them, sore breast skin or not. I's not like you can keep a flock of them as pets.

    If there is a patch of skin that doesn't look right after the birds have been bled and soaked in ice water to chill, you can always trim that bit off. But I suspect it will be OK. Come back after your birds are in the freezer and let us know what happened.
     
  3. bluep

    bluep Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for your help i do put apple cider vinegar in there water ill let you know how i get on thanks
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    I can only see the red skin on one bird, and only just a bit of it, but what I can see looks normal to me. Your birds look fine to me. In fact, they look quite nice. Try the yogurt and see if that firms up their stools a bit. That should get rid of the dirty bum problem.
     

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