In the Brooder
- Apr 4, 2014
I have 6 chicks that are three weeks old today. I will putting them out into their coop in a couple of weeks, and I was wondering: what is the best way to prevent disease (namely coccidiosis) before/when I put them outside? They have been in a brooder with pine shaving since they were a few days old with no exposure to the outdoors yet. In all my research, I somehow missed the fact that exposing them gradually would help to build up their tolerance. :/ I don't want my girls getting sick once they're finally outside, so what measures can I take at this point to help avoid that? I have been giving them grass clippings from the yard since they were a week old. Would bringing in some soil and mixing it in their brooder/creating a dust bath with it help at all? I don't want to use medicated feed; Trying to go as all-natural as possible. Thanks!