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CHICKS AND DAY 1 FRESH AIR & CHICKS
HOME MADE BROODERS PROPER FEED FOR CHICKS/CLEAN WATER
COMFORTABLE AND HAPPY CHICKS GROWING! STAGE / HENS / EGGS
SPACE FOR CHICKS PARASITE DIAGNOSIS


SPACE FOR CHICKS
If chicks are to grow and remain healthy, they must have plenty of room to exercise, eat and drink. Provide plenty of feeders and water's. Baby chicks will not travel far to find feed and water. Arrange feeders and water's so chicks will not have to walk more than 10-feet to eat or drink.
Each chick needs one square foot of floor space until it reaches 6-weeks of age. Chicks also need enough room at the feed trough so that all birds can comfortably eat at the same time.
Don't waste feed! Most of the cost of chicken production is for the feed. Do not heap or pile the feed, because the chicks will eventually rake it onto the litter. Use the feeder guards or grills to prevent the chicks from getting into the feeders. When chicks are allowed to walk in the troughs, they waste feed and contaminate the feed and diseases may become a problem.
provide clean, fresh, cool water at all times. The water's must be cleaned, rinsed and refilled daily. If possible, adjust water depth so that the trough is always half-full. Adjust the height of the feeders and water's periodically the trough edges or lips are at the same height as the back of a standing bird. If the troughs do not have adjustable supports, blocks of wood or bricks can be used under the troughs to raise their height. Proper height adjustment allows the chicks to eat and drink without spilling the feed or water. Correctly adjusted trough height also helps keep litter, dirt, and manure out of the troughs.

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