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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


FRESH AIR & CHICKS
Proper ventilation when brooding chicks is very important. However, drafts must be avoided. Drafts are the major cause of respiratory diseases and are eliminated in a properly ventilated house. In addition to disease an stress, birds kept in a hot, poorly ventilated house will not eat or drink normally. This results in stunted, poorly developed pullets.
Be aware of sudden weather changes and make appropriate adjustments to the house's ventilation system. In cool weather, close all cross-house ventilation openings, especially those near the floor. Ventilate from only the side of the house that is opposite the blowing wind. In hot weather, open air openings so that plenty of fresh can enter.
An important concern closely related to proper ventilation is prevention of a disease called coccidiosis. When coccidiosis strikes, heavy death losses may occur and many of the surviving birds remain permanently stunted.
Coccidiosis is caused by a small, one-celled animal (protozoa) that invades the digestive system. The lining of the intestines may become infected and bleed. Don't let this killer disease catch you by surprise. Bloody or blackened droppings are some of the first indicators of the disease, especially "cecal" type coccidiosis. Infected chicks have ruffled feathers, a less than normal activity level and will not drink or eat normally.
The best prevention for coccidiosis is careful sanitation and management. Keep all equipment clean, especially feeders and water's. Coccidia organisms require damp or wet litter conditions to continue their life-cycle. When cleaning water's, do not empty excess water onto the litter. Keep litter dry by stirring it weekly and remove any matted or caked litter soon after it forms. Proper ventilation is absolutely necessary to avoid damp litter conditions. Provide the house with adequate air exchange but avoid creating drafts, especially when chicks are young.
Coccidiosis can strike any time after the chicks reach 2-weeks of age. Don't wait for all the birds in the house to show symptoms before giving a treatment. At the first signs of this disease, get an appropriate drug from your feed dealer, drug store or hatchery. Treat immediately following the directions indicated on the package label.

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