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CHICKS AND DAY 1 FRESH AIR & CHICKS
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CHICKS AND DAY #1
Always buy quality chicks according to your needs.
If chicks are purchased from a commercial hatchery, request that they be vaccinated against Marek's disease. The vaccination protects chicks during their entire lifetime to this deadly disease and is best administered soon after hatching. this will be a decision you make as to your personal preferences.
Before your chicks arrive, be sure that you are ready for them. Thoroughly clean and disinfect the brooder house and all equipment. This should be completed several days before the chicks arrive so that the house has time to dry. Make sure the brooder house is rat-proofed, has no cracks that allow drafty air to enter, and has a waterproof roof.
Place fresh litter material, pine shavings, on the floor of the brooding area and adjust the brooder to the proper temperature. A comfort area with an 85 to 90 degree F. temperature should exist at the outer edge of the brooder. A cardboard or wire brooder guard that is located about 24-inches from the edge of the brooder will keep the chicks near the heat source.
If a commercially manufactured brooder is not available, a disposable version can be made from a cardboard box or almost any type of box that will brood up to twenty-five chicks or size to your needs. Insert a lamp receptacle through a hole cut in the side of a box. A 60-watt incandescent light bulb will provide adequate heat so the chicks can position themselves in the comfort area. Be careful to allow only the fixture to touch the box. If the hot bulb touches the box, a fire may result.
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