In the Brooder
- Sep 29, 2014
I've been trying to learn as much as I can about how to keep my chickens healthy. I've had chickens before, but always in dry, warm climates...and away from other chickens. One thing I have noticed in reading around is that lots of poultry diseases are airborne. We just moved to an area where there's a number of commercial poultry barns and as luck would have it, the place we found is next door to two large poultry barns. Should i be concerned about the possible diseases that my birds will catch from the commercial broilers? If there's a high likelihood that my chickens are going to contract something from the neighbours, then i'm inclined to think that it's fruitless to add more chickens. I would be better off to wait until we move again, which won't be for another year or two. Is there anything I can do to help prevent them from picking up some contagious disease like Mareks?