Hi all!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by GertieGirls Mom, Sep 25, 2018.

  1. GertieGirls Mom

    GertieGirls Mom In the Brooder

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    Thank you!
     
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  2. GertieGirls Mom

    GertieGirls Mom In the Brooder

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    I’m leaving her alone tonight, just to let her heal a bit..I think I have a couple that may be kind to her.
    I’m going to try tomorrow.
    I’m hoping that with a controlled diet and exercise, that I can have her around for a bit. I love her so!
     
  3. GertieGirls Mom

    GertieGirls Mom In the Brooder

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    I didn’t know that she was a meat bird, I just moved to the eastern shore ~ chicken county! But I thought the farms over fed them, I didn’t realize that they were bred to over eat and die. I thought they could just be raised happily and not eaten. I’m horrified about this actually.
     
  4. GertieGirls Mom

    GertieGirls Mom In the Brooder

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    Oops~ I DID know she was a meat bird.
     
  5. Chick-N-Fun

    Chick-N-Fun Almy Acres Farm

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    Welcome to our FUNomenal Flock! :celebrate
     
  6. FlappyFeathers

    FlappyFeathers Crossing the Road

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    I'm so sorry. I know it just doesn't seem fair about certain breeding. With a little bit of extra care she can have a happy life :love You seem like a very good chicken mom!
    And if she's really just a regular Cornish, they don't suffer the same health problems as the cross.

    Welcome to BYC, by the way!
    Good luck with your flock!
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  7. Silkie_Mom

    Silkie_Mom Songster

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    Aww, welcome to the chicken family! There's lots of good info floating around on the site. You'll be a chicken pro in no time :jumpy Pecking order can be a bit rough on chickens. Almost always it looks worse than it really is. Separate her until her wounds scab up a bit and try again. Chickens are attracted to red things (aka blood) that's why most feeders/waterers are red. So as long as she's bleeding, they'll keep picking at her. She has to find her spot in the chicken chain. Everyone wants to be top chicken!
     
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  8. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

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  9. rjohns39

    rjohns39 Wrangler

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    Hi and welcome to BYC :frow We're so happy you've decided to join us :ya

    Post some pictures of your birds, especially the Cornish X. You're on the right track btw, exercise reduced diet are key. It's also best to start a CX on an 18% protein rather than the higher levels found in starter. Often it's called a broiler mix. Since you're going for longevity, dial it back to about 16% (all flock) after about 5 weeks. A little blue-kote wound spray (wear gloves) can help prevent some of the pecking and help it heal. I've found that CX birds raised with heritage birds exercise a lot more and learn to forage better. Best of luck.
     
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  10. GertieGirls Mom

    GertieGirls Mom In the Brooder

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    Thank you so much for the info and the welcome!
    I do have 4 heritage birds, so I’m happy to hear they will be helpful in raising Gertie.
    I will post some photos of all of them, I have a suspicion that the bully is actually a rooster...for all I know, Gertie may be one also.
     
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