In the Brooder
- May 22, 2021
I am new to backyard chickens this year. Out if my original 6 growouts that I started off with, I have lost 4 — 1 was smoothered to death, one was overcome in extreme heat, and two have died from some sort of respiratory infection. That said, I want to persevere through this awful learning curve! I know better now how to prevent the circumstances that lead to the first two losses, but I am really struggling with how to deal with chicken illness. Are they more likely to die from any sort of infection when they are below a certain age? Are there certain breeds that seem to be more resilient to respiratory infections? Does anybody out there have a story of starting off really badly like I have, but persisted and is maintaining a good, healthy flock now? Thanks!