What percentage of chicks normally make it?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by brewer12345, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    In my first attempt at any kind of poultry, 2.5 weeks ago I bought 28 day old (or so) chicks from a breeder I found locally on craigslist. I am down to 19 today. I expect to make some mistakes as I learn, but this seems like a high loss rate. No idea if these guys are horribly inbred or something. I have done all the stuff one is supposed to do, although I have shied away from medicated feed on general principal. Is my loss rate unusually high? Maybe I am doing something wrong? We plan to try incubating some mail-order eggs next to add to the flock and hopefully learn the process.
     
  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Overrun With Chickens

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    It is unusual. I got 45 chicks from a hatchery through the mail and only lost 3 so far, and they were weak to begin with so I think everyone else will make it.

    Are you offering chick grit? What are you using for bedding? Are you adding electrolyotes to the water?
     
  3. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, I am offering chick grit. Bedding is aspen shavings changed regularly. Have never heard of adding electrolytes to the water.

    I have no doubt that a few of the losses are my not knowing what I am doing.
     
  4. I Love Layers

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    How fine are the shavings? If they digest to many it can clog them
     
  5. eggbert420

    eggbert420 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you teach them how to drink?
     
  6. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    Big size shavings, no worries about them eating them.

    They drink like crazy.
     
  7. I Love Layers

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    Have you contacted who you purchased them from>
     
  8. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    Nope, have not contacted the breeder. Only just dawned on me that this might be out of the ordinary. I probably will just source my birds from elsewhere in the future.
     
  9. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are referring to quail chicks, correct? What are you feeding them? What is the current temperature of the brooder? What are you using for a heat source?
     
  10. brewer12345

    brewer12345 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, coturnix quail chicks. I started feeding 18% protein chick starter because I could not find game bird starter. Then I found a 22% protein meat bird feed and switched to that. I just found out that a local store carries a 24% game bird starter, so I will get some of that and switch to it. Knowing that I have been under the recommended protein level I have been supplementing with dried mealworms all along.

    I am using a 250 watt bulb for a heat source with a red bulb. Don't know the brooder temp, but have kept the lamp low enough that they are not huddling up from the cold or complaining.
     

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