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Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by chickenfeverforever, Jun 12, 2011.
Get them on the ground! If it's warm enough for flies to survive, they will too.
They are going out this weekend.
If gravy constitutes a bath, then yes.
Quote:Probably a pile-on and they suffocated. The ones I got last Tuesday do this -- and I know they are NOT cold, in fact, they seem to lay there and pant like they're too warm, but the brooder is big enough that they can find all kinds of temps, from very warm to just above ambient room temp, which is probably 72.
They seem to like to sleep in a big pile, and the ones on the bottom seem kind of squished. They're small enough at this time it doesn't seem to hurt them.
They are definitely a different breed, compared to the egg layers I've previously raised. All they really do is lay around except when they're eating, and they are already developing the enormous abdominal bulge I have seen in so many photos here -- rotund compared to my RIR and ISA Browns at this age.
I will not hesitate to bathe them a couple of times if they need it, I'll just wait for those hot days when I know there is no danger of chill. I've seen a couple of documentaries about commercial poultry production, and the birds area always caked in filth -- that's no way to live, even if they are doomed.
Quote:take them out at least during the day. they are big enough for that.