An Egg A Day


An Egg A Day



 Hints & Tips for new Chook Owners

 When choosing us, healthy chicks or chickens are heavy  for our size . Light bony chicks or chickens  have health issues.

We like to bath in dust and scratch in the garden, anywhere in your garden!!!!!  Remember that when deciding how many you think you want. :)


IN A NUT SHELL  WE LIKE

  • CLEAN WATER AT ALL TIMES
  • CLEAN DRY BEDDING MATERIAL
  • AGE APPROPRIATE COMMERCIAL  FOOD (don't add scraps at this stage )
  • EXTRA VITAMINS AND MINERALS  FROM DAY 1 WILL MOST IMPORTANTLY HELP THEM DEVELOP A HEALTHY IMMUNE SYSTEM . (Around 14 weeks of age)
  • OUR COOP MUST BE FOX-PROOF & SECURE
( Please Dig wire well down into the ground.  Foxes are very sneaky and opportunist)
  • Kitchen scraps must be mould free

IMPORTANT

  •  Worm & Dust for mites regularly this keeps us healthy and happy .
  • Don't over-crowd us , poor ventilation, leaking drinkers and wet litter will also need to be addressed. ( Two large breed chicken is plenty for the average back yard)
  • Coccidiosis is an infestation of the intestines. It affects weight gain and feed conversion and may kill birds.  In poultry immunity is developed between 14-16weeks. Medicated feed may not be enough to keep this at bay.  So keep a close eye on your babies medicate when necessary if they look a bit out of sorts  and  have droopy wings. Blood in their poop.   Your feed shop stocks medication that can be given. 

  • To keep you chickens healthy you need to build up the immune system, particularly important if you chickens aren't vaccinated          ( but there are no guarantee even vaccinated chickens can get sick)
  • Using herbs and natural remedies, vitamin and minerals can be very successful . And the internet is a fantastic resource for information.  but I don't need to tell you that!
  • If you're adding to your flock its best to keep new arrivals in quarantine for a minimum of 7 days. 
  • Remembered we have a pecking order, older chicken will boss the younger ones away from the food, water and the roosting area.   So keep this in mind when adding to your flock.   We have to sort out the pecking order and you can expect a few scuffles.
  • We will need time to settle in leave us in our pen or coop for a couple of days when you first get us home. This will give us time to find the water, food, nesting boxes and perches and  somewhere to return to roost each night.      
  • We may need lifting  on to the perch for the first night or two, but will soon get the hang of it, Don't let us  sleep in the nesting box you need to keep your nest boxes clean and free from droppings.

 

  Keep an eye on us not all chickens are sweet.  greedy and bullying birds may deprive other birds of feed & water. Important when introducing new flock members.


 Importantly always wash your hand after handling any pets

Keep our nest boxes clean so eggs will be clean for you to collect.

      

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