What Killed My Roo??

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by jaku, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    So yesterday, I weighed my BIGGEST, FATTEST Cornish X rooster. They will all be 8 weeks old this monday, and I'm going to process the roos this weekend, as this guy was hitting 10 lbs. It seemed like the weighing stressed him a bit, and it hit almost 90 degrees yesterday. When I came home, he was dead. Now I'm paranoid about the rest of them (and really bummed that the biggest guy died before I could butcher him!) So, is it most likely the stress, the heat, a combination, or something else that got him? They have shade and water, but they were all panting yesterday. I've lost a couple of birds, but nothing for several weeks.
     
  2. Riparian

    Riparian Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Flip over disease. [​IMG]

    My guess is a heart attack. I lost 2 7 lb cornish x's this way.
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    The heat, the stress, their size - it all combines to make their lives shorter. I only raise these birds in the cool weather of mid to late fall.
     
  4. jaku

    jaku Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Yeah, I took your advice on that and pushed my next batch back until fall. I figured I'd be ok getting these in April. I'm butchering this weekend though, hopefully the rest can hold out.
     

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