Poultry production: Dealing with crusts on your chickens’ legs

Question: We are new to keeping chickens and housed them in an enclosure. They subsequently developed crusts on their legs. We’ve read in books and asked around and have had answers such as its being mites and that we’d have to use old engine oil to get rid of them!…

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Poultry production: The importance of cleaning your chicken house

Question: Is it necessary to wash and sanitise a poultry house? Yes. In fact, it’s an important part of the production process to ensure that the house is correctly sanitised and rested before the next batch of chicks is placed. HOW TO Carrying out a good dry-clean and dusting off…

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Poultry production: The difference between incubators and brooders

Question: What are brooders and incubators, and how does one use them? Brooders are used on a farm and incubators are used in a hatchery. BROODERS There are many types, but their basic function is to provide heat for newly-hatched chicks. The simplest ones use wood or charcoal burners to…

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Poultry production: Water quality and vaccines

Question: Can water quality have a negative effect on vaccines used for poultry? There’s no negative effect on the “killed/inactivated” (oil emulsion) vaccines, applied as intra-muscular or subcutaneous injections. Water quality becomes very important, however, when “live” vaccines are used. Excessively hard water, or water that contains a lot of…

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