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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 Premium Member

    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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