Chickens etc. Your Bird's Health by The Easy Chicken for beginners. Cleaning This is probably the easiest way to avoid sick birds.
Over-cleaning is not necessary. The birds need to have access to droppings to maintain natural "gut flora". Forum. How to Raise Day-Old Chicks in Your Back Yard. BEFORE THE CHICKS ARRIVE & THEIR FIRST DAY Clean and disinfect the area where the chicks are going to reside.
Lysol is good, bleach makes terrible fumes. I used a plant mister to get a fine mist into all the cracks and crannies. One time I did not disinfect and the coccidiosis stayed in the room and the new batch of chicks started dying. The My Pet Chicken Guide to Chicken Care, Chapter 5: Chicken coop requirements. How To Raise Organic Chickens. Organic chickens are not only the “in” thing that fetches a higher price on the market.
It’s also a more humane way to raise your chickens and provides a number of benefits to the consumer, including: Organic chicken breasts are lower in calories and higher in proteinMore B vitamins, selenium and niacinNo additives, preservatives, pesticides or antibioticsChickens are less susceptible to disease To raise, certified organic chickens, you must take the following steps: Each chicken must have at least 2 square feet of green space to roam and eat insects. Chickens are only housed when the weather is bad, but must have free outdoor access. Murray McMurray Hatchery.
Chicken Nesting Boxes - Back Yard Chickens. Chicken nesting boxes come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The basic idea is to have a dry, clean and relatively dark area where your hens can lay their eggs. Here are some of the basics for a good nesting box: