Omg you are scaring me

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Vtchicks, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Vtchicks

    Vtchicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Everyday I read story after story of sick or dying chicks. What percentage of chicks live a normal happy life? By normal happy life I mean they live to old age or until their owner decides their time is up.
    I continue to read these stories so that I can learn from them, but MAN there are a lot of them. My coop and run will follow all the recomended security procedures, but I am turning into a nervous wreak.
     
  2. ChicKat

    ChicKat Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Remember Vtchicks, people will write in for Hellllllllllp! much more often than write posts saying---today was a very nice day, all the chicks, chickens etc. are doing just fine.

    That said, raising chicks, a little like hatching eggs, they don't all make it.

    Everyone on this forum though is still involved with the keeping of chickens -- so it must be more rewarding than discouraging in the end.

    Trying to say---don't be dis-heartened... go for it and start enjoyng chickens.
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2011
  3. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If you're reading the emergency/illness section - then that's what you're going to see. Of course you're not going to hear nearly as much about all the healthy, happy chicks out there - folks don't generally write in saying "What's going on with my chicks??? They're just to daggone healthy!!" The majority are healthy, which is why it's so hard when a few aren't...
     
  4. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    When things are going well, most of us don't write until something happens. Don't be scared just enjoy! [​IMG]
     
  5. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I stay out of that forum unless I'm in the mood to be paranoid.
     
  6. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think it really depends on your abilities as caretaker, the type of bird, and the weather in your area. We lost 23 of 26 chicks in a shipment because the package was put on a cold mail truck for several hours. You will lose more if they are shipped during the cold or hot months, but that large amount of loss is not the norm. My grandfather said that back in the day, they would expect 10% to not make it through shipping and the first few weeks. Usually, a 1-3 or so lost during shipping is closer to the average.
     
  7. hcppam

    hcppam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:LOL [​IMG]
     
  8. wren

    wren Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've lost birds from old age. They have to have earned their place in my heart or paid their dues as a show bird or breeder. They mostly die on the roost like they fell asleep there, or while they were nesting. They suddenly are just gone.
     
  9. Tenmore

    Tenmore Chillin' With My Peeps

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    14 chickens all healthy and Egg number 8 and 9 another good day in the chicken coop..... [​IMG]
     
  10. hallerlake

    hallerlake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've had my original four chickens over a year now. One was injured by a bald eagle, but I got to her in time, and she's fine. I have ten juvenile chickens as well. They're all good.

    Maybe we need a "my chickens are fine" thread to reassure newbies. It would be a thousand pages long before the week was out.
     

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