Hygeine issue

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chickenfortress, May 28, 2008.

  1. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my chicks developed a bad habit at about 6 weeks. It purposely rests on feces. If it makes the mess, it backs up a couple steps and sets. If it sees another messing, it will push it out of the way to lie in it. Needless to say, it's a reeking mess all the time. Another has picked up on the habit, I assume, because it is nearly as much a mess as the first, though I have not seen it indulging in the abberant behavior. Needless to say, I'd like to find out how to fix this.

    Now for the details, 6 leghorns and 6 rir. The leghorns (I think, since they were in the "Pullets" bin at tsc, and that was what they told me they were) are easily triple the weight of the rir's. They are only half feathered now at 8-9 weeks, and the 2 offending birds are both from this group. They are so massive that they dont perch much, instead sitting on the bedding. Indeed, they frequently squat in front of the feeder, eating without getting up, and moving only to get water. The rirs are small, perky, pleasant, fully feathered, and enjoy being held. They get dumor starter/grower and occasional veggies and yolks. I throw grit and crumbles in their new bedding.
     
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    It sounds like you got some meat birds, not leghorns.
     
  3. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're right, they are meat birds. Thats the last time I'll trust the people at tsc to know what they have in the bins. The fact that they were for meat led to an obvious solution, but they didn't get processed skin on.

    I really only wanted them for pest control and eggs, so this is a pain.
     
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  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Thats what I thought too when I read this, they will eat a lot alot alot,probably have leg problems, and die an early death. They were meant to be killed at around 8 weeks for meat. The are probably Cornish crosses NOT leghorns (leghorns are very slight and perch high)
     
  5. Nuggetsowner:)

    Nuggetsowner:) Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are cornish crosses you can still keep them!! I have 5 that are a little over a year old now. As long as you limit their feedings they will grow to be happy healthy chickens. Not to mention that my CC are my favorite birds!! They are super friendly and the only of my chickens to free range 24 hours a day every day. They are wonderful!
     
  6. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    Nuggetsowner:) :

    If they are cornish crosses you can still keep them!! I have 5 that are a little over a year old now. As long as you limit their feedings they will grow to be happy healthy chickens. Not to mention that my CC are my favorite birds!! They are super friendly and the only of my chickens to free range 24 hours a day every day. They are wonderful!

    [​IMG] well thats cool​
     

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