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". I know it sounds awful, but it's absolutely necessary for their health. Excessive dust in their coop. Wet Spots in the bedding are a source for "bad" bacteria to breed. Adding water to dry food is never necessary, and just creates another environment for "bad" bacteria to breed. KEEP FEEDERS AND WATERERS CLEAN!!!
Use Quality Feed. In times of stress an Electrolyte/Vitamin supplement can help. Shade is important when the temperatures soar. Dust Bathing is essential to you birds. Cover from the elements is critical. Watch your birds as often as possible. 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. Turn on the heat lamps (See Heat Needs) at least a day or more before your chicks arrive, so the walls and floor have a chance to warm up, as well as the air, and the disinfectant has time to dry. Make sure there are no drafts. Corners Remember to make them round so that the chicks cannot huddle together and smother each other. Water When they arrive, give them luke warm water with molasses in it.
About heat lamps I always used a minimum of 2 lamps in case one of them burned out. Feed Use crumbles to begin with. Day old chicks100 chicks arrive in a box about 24 inches x 24 inches. Layer Chicks Start at 95° F for day old chicks. Back to the top. 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: One nesting box for every 2-4 hens.Size: Nest boxes should be big enough for your hen to stand in comfortably. Usually 12 x 12 x 12 inches is adequate, but building bigger is usually a good idea.Nesting material: Many people use either wood shavings (pine usually) or straw. We personally suggest dry wood shavings over straw.Often a roost bar or step is added in front of the box to give the hen a place to jump to before entering the nest box. Here is an example of "insidel" and "ouside" chicken nesting boxes (submitted by our chicken forum community).