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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


PROPER FEED FOR CHICKS
Your chicks need plenty of a high quality feed in order to do the best job. Feed a nutritionally-balanced feed from your feed dealer. Feed "chick starter" crumbles during the first 3-weeks and then switch to feeding a "grower" diet through 10-weeks of age. Feed a "pullet developer" between 10- and 20-weeks of age. If a developer cannot be located, continue feeding the grower diet through 20-weeks. After 20-weeks, feed a complete "laying mash" to main high production of good-shelled eggs.
Do not feed additional grains or ingredients with any of the complete feeds mentioned above. The starter, grower, developer and laying diets are formulated and designed as the only feeds that the chickens eat. When additional grains are offered, the chickens reduce their consumption of the complete feed by eating more grains, and will not receive all the nutrients they require. When this occurs, the birds become malnourished and may decline in growth rate or egg production, and die.
Provide plenty of feeder space. Each chick initially needs one-inch of feeder space, but this space requirement increases as chicks get older.
Don't waste feed! Three-fourths or more of the total cost for producing chickens is in feed cost. Never fill your feeders more than one-half full, or the birds will scatter the feed onto the litter and waste it. Also, keep feeder guards or grills in place to prevent feed wasting and contamination. Raise the height of the feeders as the birds grow in size. The lip of the feeder should always be the same height as the backs of the birds.
Don't let the presence of scrappy cockerels reduce the chance of growing good pullets. Cockerels make good broilers for eating at 7- to 9-weeks of age. If you need only laying hens, save money on the next flock by purchasing only sexed pullets when buying chicks from the hatchery.
However, if this flock was bought as straight-run chicks, separate the cockerels at 6-weeks of age and make plans to slaughter them when they reach the desired size.

CLEAN WATER
Water is very important for the proper development of chicks. Provide an adequate supply of water that is conveniently located and provides access within 10-feet of any spot in the poultry growing area. Placing water's on screened platforms or wooden blocks will help keep the litter drier and prevent litter from getting into the fountains
One quart-sized fruit jar water fountain is needed to provide water to each 15 chicks. Larger fountains are preferred for large numbers of chicks since they save time and labor. As they get older, their water consumption will increase. It is sound practice to add more fountains as the chicks get older.
Be sure the chicks have access to fresh, clean, cool water at all times. Wash each fountain daily using a brush or clean rag. Constant use of a disinfectant or sanitizer in the water is not necessary if water fountains are adequately cleaned and refilled every day
It is a good idea to soak all watering equipment at least once each week in a sanitizing solution made of one-ounce chlorine bleach diluted in five-gallons water. Allow the equipment to remain in the solution for 15 minutes before draining and refilling with water. Rinsing with clean water prior to refilling is not necessary.
When the environmental or brooding temperature is extremely high it is essential that water be replaced several times each day.
Chickens will reduce water consumption if the water temperature is warmer than 100 degrees F.
Therefore, replacement of warm water will allow birds to drink the cooler water until it eventually warms up.
The use of sugar or vitamin/electrolyte additives to the drinking water is not necessary for producing quality, healthy chicks. If these additives are used, it is essential that the solutions be mixed and replaced on a daily basis. When using these solutions, it is necessary that all equipment get a thorough cleaning every day to prevent a buildup of disease causing organisms.
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