lame meat birds

Asked October 17, 2016, 1:33 PM EDT

My third week old meat chickens got lame and about one third have died. I recently switched feed and it seemed to help. There was no diarrhea or sign of sickness. Clean shavings daily, fresh water daily. What would be the cause?

Addison County Vermont

1 Response

Thank you for your inquiry. At this time, UVM Extension does not have a poultry specialist on staff. However, the following resources may be useful:

National eXtension.org
"Small and Backyard Flocks" website
http://articles.extension.org/poultry

"The Poultry Site" health information
http://www.thepoultrysite.com/categories/1/poultry-health/

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, New York
Poultry Resources
http://franklin.cce.cornell.edu/agriculture/livestock/poultry

Your family veterinarian may be helpful as well.