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I don't think I understood what you wrote here.  Would you mind explaining to me why you are adding old bedding into the brooder?

Studies that were done on using old bedding showed lower incidence of mortality among chicks. They develop stronger immune systems.

Still finishing my coffee, but I think they also acquired some vitamins/minerals they didn't otherwise get. That though was prior to the feeds we use nowadays.

Current research supports  that practice.  Subsequent broods of chicks raised on bedding from previous broods of chicks have better growth, and improved feed conversion rate, increased viability than previous broods raised on clean bedding.  Obviously, there has to be some common sense approach here.  The bedding still needs to be dry, and not stinky poopy.

Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Ephesians 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1013154/byc-member-interview-lazy-gardener

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/yes-you-certainly-can-brood-chicks-outdoors

https://tikktok.wordpress.com/2014/04/13/fermented-feed-faq/

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Thanks for the clarification! I understand the theory.  We had trouble with coccidiosis last year and lost some birds so I am going the route of clean - Clean - CLEAN with the chicks this year.  I know they build immunity to it but I want them to get a good healthy start first before they get exposed.

Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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Buckeye, Barnevelder, & Delaware chickens, and some guineas.  We try to keep about a dozen of each.
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