Lost 2 today--what am I doing wrong??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by beccawprice, Apr 5, 2009.

  1. beccawprice

    beccawprice Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 5, 2009
    This is my first attempt at chickens. I got 15 layers who are doing fabulously, and 25 cornish x. One of the meaties died right away, but I've lost 4 more since then--2 today! They are almost 3 weeks old.

    I have them outside in a tractor with a heat lamp and a run. I move it daily. They have continual fresh water, and I started feeding them 12 on/12 off at 2 weeks.

    They're on medicated started crumbles. The poop doesn't look bloody even a little bit.

    What do I need to do???
  2. SoJoChickens

    SoJoChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Fountain Green, UT
    Sorry for your losses. It sounds like you're doing everything right. Is there any indication of why they died (injuries, etc)? Do they have plenty of space? It is not too unusual to have some chicks die for "no reason" but if it keeps happening, there may be a mystery to solve.
  3. Brunty_Farms

    Brunty_Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2007
    What are the temps at your location? Could you possibly post a pic of their tractor with them in it?

    This may help answer your question.
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:That was my concern as well- I don't put mine outside until week three, and even then, I usually supplement them with a heat lamp.

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