Hi from PA!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by emilyschicks, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. emilyschicks

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    I've had chickens for five years and currently have 10 hens and a rooster. No pure breeds left (imagine fluffy gold rhode island reds that brood). I'm currently having problems with chicks and hope this community will be able to help. Posted this in the Emergencies form yesterday: Thanks, Emily

    I have had free range chickens for about 5 years and always let a hen or two brood and raise her chicks on her own. Last year was the first year I had a mass death of chicks, once from an owl and once from an unknown ailment that killed the chicks at about two weeks. Two days ago my experienced mama hen hatched one of her 11 eggs, the chick seemed healthy until I found it dead the next night. Her second chick hatched yesterday and seemed fine except for a slightly distended stomach, however, tonight the chick was unable to stand and its legs were stuck out at an unusual angle. I’m afraid whatever is happening to this chick is what killed its sibling and I really don’t want the whole brood to go down! Please help!
    I really don’t want to have to bring them inside. I tried that once and hated the results; those chickens were slow to react to danger and never fully bonded with the rest of the flock.
    A lady I ran into at the feed store today thought the problem might have something to do with how they hatch. This makes sense because the shells this year are really thick; however, they seem fine for at least the first 12 hours after hatching…
     
  2. DDNONIN2016

    DDNONIN2016 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome from Ohio....glad you joined us
     
  3. The Red Rooster

    The Red Rooster Poultry Observer

    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us.
     
  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and :welcome from Ohio. So glad you joined. I will go to your other post for question. :thumbsup
     
  5. weimarmama

    weimarmama Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] & [​IMG] from Alabama. Glad you joined us.
     
  6. dreamer5577

    dreamer5577 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi && Welcome!!!
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  7. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  8. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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  9. Aeropennchick

    Aeropennchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome! Sorry I can't help with your problem, I'm new to chickens [​IMG] But I hope you find some good answers!
     
  10. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan :D

    It is possible that your hens may have a chronic infection that does not affect them, but is more dangerous to chicks. Hopefully someone can help you in the disease section.
     

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