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Hi there.

 

I was just curious about what different things you do for preventative care to keep your flocks healthy. What has worked for you in the past? I've read that apple cider vinegar can be good, as well as, garlic and herbs. I appreciate any feedback you have. Thanks!

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I find feeding them right, housing them properly, not crowding them, and keeping stress down is the best you can do to minimize problems. It best to allow you chickens to live as naturally as possible as far as allowing them to engage in behaviors that they need, letting them range and scratch, which leads to healthier and happy chickens.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 5
^ ^ ^ This times a million!

As their custodians we take it upon ourselves to supply the basic necessities they need to thrive. And they WILL thrive if we follow @oldhenlikesdogs advice!

Aside from that, worming ONLY as needed and taking reasonable precautions against predators are the only things I could add.
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Originally Posted by oldhenlikesdogs View Post

I find feeding them right, housing them properly, not crowding them, and keeping stress down is the best you can do to minimize problems. It best to allow you chickens to live as naturally as possible as far as allowing them to engage in behaviors that they need, letting them range and scratch, which leads to healthier and happy chickens.

Ditto Dat^^^^^

 

You don't need all that other stuff, it might help but IMO is more for the keeper than the birds.

 

Well balanced chicken ration, watch the protein levels - seems to be the first thing that goes off.

 

I like to feed a 'flock raiser/grower/finisher' 20% protein crumble to all ages and genders, as non-layers(chicks, males and molting birds) do not need the extra calcium that is in layer feed and chicks and molters can use the extra protein. Makes life much simpler to store and distribute one type of chow that everyone can eat. I do grind up the crumbles (in the blender) for the chicks for the first week or so.

 

The higher protein crumble also offsets the 8% protein scratch grains and other kitchen/garden scraps I like to offer. I adjust the amounts of other feeds to get the protein levels desired with varying situations.

 

Calcium should be available at all times for the layers, I use oyster shell mixed with rinsed, dried, crushed chicken egg shells in a separate container.

 

Animal protein (mealworms, a little cheese - beware the salt content, meat scraps) is provided during molting and if I see any feather eating.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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post #5 of 5
I have some Coxoid (amprolium) tucked away in case of coccidiosis. With an obvious case it'd be more for the protection of life than the protection of health, but it could be used to prevent a latent infection from flaring into something worse. Not a preventative, since it'd be applied in response to a change in the bird, but not quite a treatment either. An intervention, maybe? I have a large syringe barrel and a catheter tube for the same reason.

Mostly they get fresh air, fermented feed*, plenty of space, plenty of dry litter, and a coop I'm happy to stick my head in. To that I add a variety of greens (basil is a favourite right now), and any interesting bugs I find in the garden. At the moment I think one of them has a bit of a dry vent, so I'm offering crushed pine nuts with a smatting of other seeds. Trying very hard not to eat the pine nuts myself. They're so soft and buttery.

*And lately, fermented water. I poured out some of the liquid in the bucket and offered them that, and they stood around drinking it instead of taking a sip and then wandering off. I've never seen them do that with water before.
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