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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:47 am 
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Junior Champion Bird
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I hatched 30 chicks, only nine remain :( My last hatch was disatrous, all but 4 had somethign wrong with their legs. This time i think its my fault, i dont think egg nutrition was up to scratch, most chicks that have died seemed perfect, but were a little slower to start with, anything that was slower died. a couple had leg problems so i killed them straight away - i know what happens and its not particularly nice to see what their legs turn out like. All the pekins i hatched died straight after hatching, they hatched late and were really tiny (smaller than normal anyway) so dunno what went wrong there. Feeling a bit sad since it will be my last hatch before i go to perth - where i wont be able to hatch very often at all:(

I have also lost about 10 chooks to the heat .. i guess its one way of downsizing before i go to uni. Luckily mum is going to look after all my other chooks hile im away:)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:02 am 
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Were they hatched under a broody or in an incubator Meagz? Cause by the sounds of it with all the leg problems Im assuming an incubator and your temps were off....maybe the outside heat as you lost some older chooks affected it? Im in Qld and I know on really hot days my incubator temps go sky high :(

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