"we contacted a fella from the University of Conn. he said could be shipping shock but was more certain it was a brain disease ... its not spreadable but is genetic cause them to have a seizure them be paralyzed ...he said the larger hatcheries have…"
"Is there somewhere you can take one of the dead chicks to be tested to see what is killing them. It sounds like you have a lot more experience in raising chickens than I do but, just the fact that so many of them are dying is very disconcerting. The…"
"Sorry to hear about your chicks. You said you've been raising birds for years, so please, no offense, but are you checking their lil' chickie butts? Shipping birds means close quarters and sometimes their own excrement crusts…"
"Hi, Peace. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us, and I’m thrilled you’re already finding your way around…"
I ordered 60 meat chicks from a well known hatchery and before they were a week old 13 died. I called the hatchery and they sent 14 replacements (one was dead on arrival in the box). This morning 3 of the new ones were not doing well. I watched for a bit noticed they were seizing. it wasn't long before they died. Has anyone had this same kind of experience? All my other birds are doing well now. I've never had this happen in all my years raising chickens.See More
Hi, Peace. Welcome to HOMEGROWN! My name is Jennifer, and I'm the flock tender here (site updater and tweaker, feeder and waterer of content). I’m so glad you found us, and I’m thrilled you’re already finding your way around the site. I hope the Backyard Chickens group comes up with some useful advice—and I hope you’ll be game for sharing stories and photos of your adventures in maple syrup in our member blog, The Stew. You can always find the latest additions to the site at the top of the homepage, and if you’ve ever got questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment on my profile page or shoot me a message. I hope you feel right at home!