Speckledhen's Ten Commandments of Good Flock Management

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by speckledhen, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Chickens may be livestock or they may be pets, but they deserve and desire attention and care. If you are going to maintain a healthy backyard flock, there are certain rules that should be followed. For those of you who frequently PM me for advice, or for those of you who are new to chicken-keeping, here is the "Speckledhen Method" in a nutshell.

    Speckledhen's Ten Commandments of Good Flock Management

    1) Keep a clean, dry environment...change bedding as needed, watch out for leaky waterers/windows/roofs, etc.

    2) Fresh air/ventilation is essential..poop and respiration add moisture in the air. Ventilation overhead, not at roost or floor level.

    3) Provide fresh water, daily. Would you take a sip out of the waterer? If not, clean it.

    4) Give fresh, nutritious food, formulated for the age/function of the birds

    5) Provide a safe, predator-proofed, uncrowded coop and run...they depend on you for protection

    6) Periodically, check over each bird in the flock for lice, mites, wounds, etc.

    7) Practice good biosecurity..disinfect shoes before and after visting the feedstore and shows, quarantine new birds, etc Under no circumstances, sell, trade, or give away a bird that shows sign of infection or has contacted another bird who shows signs of infection, or comes from a flock that has shown signs of infection, now or in the past.

    8) At the first sign of contagious respiratory illness, i.e., discharges from nose or eyes or bad smell, cull, cull, cull...birds don't get colds, per se; they contract diseases, many of which make them carriers for their lifetime. That means they are able to infect others even if they seem to recover themselves. See Rule #7.

    9) Do not medicate unnecessarily, including wormers and antibiotics

    10) DO YOUR RESEARCH! There are numerous books and articles profiling poultry management and poultry disease. Read, study and then formulate a plan of action, should the worst happen, before it happens.

    Happy Chicken-Keeping! [​IMG]
  2. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Very nice Cyn! Rule #8 was especially important to me. I haven't had any birds that have been sick like that, but now I know what to do if they are.

    Rule #3 made me laugh out loud.

    Thanks for taking the time to post that.
  3. blueoval1

    blueoval1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Raleigh N.C.
    Are leg mites considered an infection
  4. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    LOVE IT! Well said and valuable information for anyone keeping chickens.
  5. Gloria

    Gloria Chillin' With My Peeps

    Very well said, Cyn! I think you covered that really well! Might be a good idea for someone to sticky this. Should be a great post for the new people out there. Very helpful for them.
    lilapot and DeeAnn5 like this.
  6. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Thank you! [​IMG]

    I have printed 4 copies- so far. From now on, anyone getting a chicken from me or anyone else gets a copy on parchment paper!
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2009
  7. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    Nicely put, missed your wit and wisdom!
  8. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Quote:Now THAT's a great idea!
  9. herechickchick

    herechickchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    Memphis TN
    Quote:What a FANTASTIC idea. I must make copies.
  10. namreknat

    namreknat Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2008
    N.W. Oklahoma
    Thanks speckledhen!! That's a very good list of rules.[​IMG]

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