Prepping for New Chicks

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by redsoxs, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Newbie chicken person here. I am procesing the last of a group of birds I got in the spring. Started with 35 and the final few meet the freezer in the morning. I have a few more meaties as well as a dozen hen chicks coming in from a hatchery about the middle of August. Do I need to do anything special to the coop and run area for these new birds? I speak in terms of sanitation. They will be raised in my basement for a couple or three weeks before going to the coop. I'm a little paranoid wondering about the new ones picking up diseases from the old (the old group was and is healthy as far as I could tell). So, any special precautions?? Thanks!
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Many would wipe down with a weak bleach solution, which kills a lot of stuff. Or you could use a weak ammonia solution, as ammonia kills cocci but bleach doesn't. Or you could thin your wallet a bit and buy some Oxine. Or you could just change the litter and call it done. I'm sure there is a wide range of opinions on here about this.
     
  3. CupOJoe42

    CupOJoe42 CT Chicken Whisperer

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    Don't forget sunshine! Take out anything that is removable and let it dry in the sunshine. You could also wait for a month or two before restocking your flock.
     
  4. N&MSchroeder

    N&MSchroeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. MareeZoCool

    MareeZoCool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like this idea! I was thinking of renting a pressurwe washer, just to get the corners extreme clean. Sunshine sure sounds good!​
     

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