meat chicks

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by bluebirdfarm, May 12, 2008.

  1. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    hi,
    we have jumbo cornish rock chicks . some of them have bare butts and i'm not sure if they may be pecking their but or not , thought i saw one of them do that . is this norm ? only some of them have barish butts the others are fluffly .just wondering.o btw , they are 10 days old now.
     
  2. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    wait til they get bigger. They will have big bald patches where their feather growth can't keep up with their rapid weight gain.

    Mine are 6 weeks old and half bald. UGLY!!
     
  3. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    oh btw thanx auusiegirl for your reply. i kinda thought that might be the case. they certainly are not the most beautiful birds i have seen , but i am not keeping them for their
    looks ! GOOD THING , HUH?
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  4. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    how many do you have , we have 103 , one died , i think it got somthered , we have them in a pretty big area , but she was found kinda flattened out near the side of the boxed area .
    i only wanted to get 50 but dh said to get 100, so i did. crazy me ;_)
     
  5. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    They grow so fast that there feathers don't keep up and they also produce such a large amount of their own heat that it is probably just as well.

    Cornish X are known for heart attacks and that might have happened to one of yours.
     
  6. bluebirdfarm

    bluebirdfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    thanx mmajw,
    i see you have silver laced wyandottes , i special ordered two with my 25 brown eggers from MMM. i think one of the 25 is a jersey giant , do they have black beaks when they are pips ?
     
  7. mmajw

    mmajw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Maine
    Yes they do have black beaks. They are cuties.
     
  8. hdchic

    hdchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Cornish x are 3 weeks old today....I started out with 52 from MMM, and have had 6 pass on...not bad I don't think. I too have noticed their body heat, and their constant eating...lol. And the bald butts? oh yeah, they are just getting tail feathers in...this whole thing is a major learning experience for me! [​IMG]
     
  9. AussieSharon

    AussieSharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 18, 2007
    Virginia
    I only have 11. I can't imagine having 103 of those pooping machines. LOL
    I think my next lot I'll get brave and do 25.
     
  10. hdchic

    hdchic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aaww, c'mon, jump in the deep end...all the cool kids are doin it! LOL
     

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