Our chickens hatched! They started this past Friday and continued through Sunday morning. We hatched 19 out of 24. Two died in the egg and three were not fertilized. So technically we hatched 19 out of 21 fertile eggs. Unfortunately one of the Black Jersey’s died in the brooder. 5 of the 6 Red Stars hatched so we are excited to start this group off as our future breeding flock. Most of the Black Jersey’s will be sold later as pullets and cockerels. Videos and pictures to come.
I made the mistake you always read about. I’m ashamed to type this. I bought chickens from a fellow backyard farm and did not quarantine and treat them first. Now our chickens are sick with a cold. I have researched their symptoms and it seems like they have a Chicken cold or CRD or Chicken Bronchitis or any number of other respiratory illnesses. They started getting sick about 7 days ago. I went to the feed store and invested in some antibiotics. So far I haven’t lost any but I’m worried about my favorite rooster. Dominique did not look good last night. I brought one of my favorite Wyandotte hens in and kept her in the house until she was eating and drinking. That took about 5 days. I fed her Nutridrench and the antibiotic- Duramycin. Don’t worry we are not keeping any of the eggs being layed right now. If you have any ideas for other things I can do………….. please let me know. I don’t want to lose any chickens.