starting over after CRD?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Looking4ewes, Aug 30, 2010.

  1. Looking4ewes

    Looking4ewes In the Brooder

    Aug 10, 2010
    The first batch of chickens have been devastated by CRD. I started with 50 chickens and 14 turkeys and am left with 9 chickens and 11 turkeys. The last 9 will probably die soon. They are 5 weeks old and too small to process. Somehow the turkeys are holding up better. They look awful but the mortality has been lower. All have been on pasture.

    I'd like to start over with chicks from a different source, perhaps only 25 this time. I have an old shed that I can dedicate to the new chicks and keep them 100+ yards away from the turkeys (and remaining chickens). I know that I'd have to wash hands and change boots and clothes between the two flocks. Can it be done? Should I wait until the turkerys are done? I really hate to eat store bought poultry. I have the room and the time and would love to put some meaties in the freezer before winter. Can one raise meaties in the winter? The shed is large, insulated, and I could run some poultry netting to allow some free ranging of the birds.

    Your advice is appreciated,


  2. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    I can't answer anything about the CRD, you might try the disease thread for answers there.
    BUT, I can tell you that yes you can raise meaties in the winter . . . if you can find chicks to buy.
    and sorry for the troubles you seem to have had, hope your next batch is easier.
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2010
  3. cjdmashley

    cjdmashley Songster

    Jul 29, 2010
    a lot of hatcheries will stop shipping meaties in sept. but some ship till nov.
  4. ghulst

    ghulst Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Zeeland Michigan

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