Cleanliness and prevention

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by earthnut, Apr 24, 2008.

  1. earthnut

    earthnut Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Seattle, Cascadia
    Since an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, I would like to know what you do to keep your birds healthy. Hopefully we can all get some good ideas!

    Some things I do/will do:

    I keep the coop floor dry and smells down by adding more shavings when the floor looks messy or smells.

    I keep my feed in the house where it's secure and dry, and never feed them spoiled food.

    I currently add 1/4 tsp dried garlic, 2 Tbsp vinegar, and 4 Tbsp yogurt per gallon of my birds' water, as a preventative and booster. I plan to get livestock probiotics and vitamins next trip to the feed store.

    I'm also getting food-grade DE when I go.

    Not going to buy any more adult birds without a good reason and a good inspection, and will quarantine them. (learned my lesson! My adult hens have lice and mites, fortunately nothing more serious)

    I'm aggressively treating my hens for lice and mites and I plan to move the coop to fresh ground (I have a tractor - see my website) and disinfect it with bleach before putting Melpomene outside permanently. (she still sleeps in the house) Hopefully Mene won't catch anything.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    I expose my chicks to dirt asap and let them build up their immunity... fresh food and clean water daily and that's about it.

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