Red Laced Cornish X and project talk (pics p. 8)

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by KatyTheChickenLady, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quote:[​IMG] Sorry you've been sick, but glad you're better.

    This wasn't a really great day for me. I went out to feed my chickens and gather eggs, to find what looked like two thirds dead and more dieing. I grabbed three dead and headed for the state lab, only about 30 miles away. More of those that were healthy when I left died while I was gone.

    It'll be a few days before I hear from the lab, but it was buffalo gnats. Since we traded some chickens, I called my neighbor to warn him I was having problems. He called back to report the buffalo gnats were driving his brooder chicks crazy and two or three were dead; and that people in this area have lost entire flocks to them before. He said they crawl in their beaks though the nostrils and get in their airways. He was putting up a fan to blow the gnats clear of the brooder. Another aquaintence called his cousin, who reported previous problems and claimed chlorine bleach spayed in the coop repels them. I saw them on my dead and dieing, but thought they had gathered on them after they went down.

    Of 52 birds, I lost 45, including every pure bred and all but one of my project birds. I'm left with 2 EE hens, 4 ISA Brown hens, and a white Ameraucana/CX pullet; one ISA is not healthy. I've dusted the survivor's bodies with Sevin, and hung glass containers of chlorine with holes punched in the lids in the coop and breeding pen/tractor.

    I do have 14 chicks inside that hatched last week, and 42 eggs in the bator.

    It looks like I might be in the same trouble you are. My husband just called to tell me 10 of my cornish x are just laying there dead. We are next to a creek and only a mile or so away from the Ohio River so we have been in the midst of water for the past few months too. I'm going to call him back and ask him to mix up some bleach and spray it around until I can get home to evaluate. ANymore info anyone has on this, please let me know!!

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    What's most effective for me is a high velocity fan, under $40 from Walmart. I did not want to spray chlorine because of its caustic nature. While an EE sought a place to sit immediately under a bottle I hung, I don't think it was working all that well.
     
  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    your poor birds . . . I'm just aching for you guys
     
  3. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2!!! [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Well, I have a few eggs from my project birds in the bator, so maybe the project is still alive; but I will sure miss those two DCs and four Ameraucana/CX cockerals. The survivors have learned the art of useing the fan to avoid the swarms; the two white pullets rest with their heads tucked under their wings even though the fan is protecting them. Some are a little wheezy, so I may loose some more yet.

    To add insult to injury, I didn't have time to water my two tomato plants, waiting to be put in, untill late on the day it got so crazy here..................... one did not make it. Its promising to rain tonight, so I spent the day starting my garden and hauling more wood down to the place where I burned the flock. They were not quite completely burned from the first fire. To be honest, the smell of the meat under the burning oak and cherry wood made my mouth water, now that the feathers are gone. [​IMG]

    I ended up having to carry the tiki torch down to the garden area to work; mosquitoes and buffalo gnats were too thick without it. I've got two little rows of sweet corn, a row of pole beans, two hills of cantelopes, two hills of summer squash, two hills of winter squash, and one lonely tomato plant; all put in the old fashioned way.......................... a shovel. [​IMG]

    The garden's half in.......................... I'm all in. The garden's right next to the main chicken pen so I can feed any bug riddled or excess to the birds, and not too far from my fertlizer source................................. I'm in an easy chair right next to the PC, and wondering if it's too far from my bed to make the trip tonight. [​IMG]
     
  5. bt2000

    bt2000 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear about your flock SteveH. Hopefully no more problems for you with those. I've been following your project intently. As of right now I have a few Del roo/Cx hen crosses in the brooder and more in the incubator. I'm hoping to come up with something that is manageable, relatively fast growing and hardy, but not to the point of not being able to breed or fragile.

    At two weeks old now they seem to be doing all the normal "chicken things" as their pure Del siblings. They aren't massively out growing the largest Dels, but they certainly are now pulling ahead. Once I can get them stable and breeding true, I'm thinking of "white under fluff, yellow skin/shanks/gold lacing over white or possibly barred or combination there of. I guess I'll see what it looks like when I get to that point.

    Anyways, hopefully you have a good hatch and no more of your birds are affected by the bugs. Right when I read this thread, I moved fans out to my coops, as I expect I'll have the same thing to look forward too this week here in MI.
     
  6. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    jee whiz steve I sure wish I could help you out. hang in there!
     
  7. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    Quote:Thank you, and best wishes for success. I kinda wished I had taken some recent pics of Ameraucana/CX cockerals, they wre just coming back to their earlier "chesty" look.
    I only have 7 in lockdown now; all Ameraucanas. There are 42 more in the bator, some from the project, but some were getting old when I set them; it was a hail Mary set after I realized there would be no more eggs coming.
     
  8. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2009
    West/Central IL
    For those familiar with bug zappers, you know most bugs get fried then fall through the grid and out the bottom; but some get hung up and you have to clean it some days. My bug zapper is doing a better job than I thought on the buffalo gnats.................................... the mosquitoes are bad here, but these can't all be mosquitoes.

    Clean bug zapper, with the florescent bulb that attracts bugs showing.
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    What mine looked like today before cleaning.
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  9. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Steve : Really sorry to hear of your troubles buddy, if there is anything a fellow Cornish guy could do for you please just holler my way.

    AL
     
  10. NevadaRon

    NevadaRon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow Steve that bug lamp is incredible! [​IMG]

    I may be getting a trio of Black Ameraucanas (breeder, not hatchery) soon - 1 rooster and 2 hens. I don't know if you have any interest in that breed but if I get them I'd be happy to send you some hatching eggs.
     

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