One Cornish X chick died

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by emsevers, Mar 7, 2009.

  1. emsevers

    emsevers Songster

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    I just got my meat birds last Thursday. They've been doing really well but my DH found one dead today. I think I've done everything right. They have heat food and water. Is there something that I should be doing that's different with these birds. I've never lost a chick before so I'm a little concerned.
     
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  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

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    These guys have a higher mortality rate b/c of there fast growth. As long as the others are ok I wouldn't worry too much about it.
     
  3. mtnhomechick

    mtnhomechick Songster

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    Gee....wish I knew. I lost one last year a few minutes after shipping.

    Keepin' you bumped up.
     
  4. dadof4

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    It happens. I lost a couple as well. They seem to be fine then they are gone. Watch them for pilling up on each other, especially in corners. They can suffocate each other pretty quick.
     

  5. jaku

    jaku Songster

    I wouldn't worry. Usually I lose about 10% of my birds. Dying is the only thing meat birds are good at.
     
  6. It doesn't matter whether you are dealing with meat bred birds or layers, you WILL lose some. It is just the nature of chicks. Just look at how high the mortality rate is in Nature for birds.

    Jim
     
  7. emsevers

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    Thanks everyone. That makes me feel a lot better. The rest are doing fine so I'm hoping this is the only one. It's not a very fun experience to lose a chick.
     

  8. digginchicks

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    Atleast you knew that they were going to die before you bought them. That has to help doesnt it?
     
  9. emsevers

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    Yeah,it's better than one of the chicks I was hoping to be a layer dying. I just don't like to see them die before their time.
     

  10. Quote:Welcome to life on a farm. Learning to accept losses is one of the lessons that is difficult for some to assimilate. Raising livestock is not perfect and the myriad challenges an animal faces is just too much for some, so we have deaths and sickness.

    Jim
     

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