WHAT QUESIONS DO YOU HAVE ON RAISING CHICKS?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Glenda Heywoodo, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will try and answer your problem in chick raising.

    (1) temperature of brooder for chicks?
    (2) What kind of feed do you use for chicks?
    (3 Can I feed treats to my chicks?
    (4) What kind of bedding do you use?


    Plus any more you have.
    SO LET US HEAR FROM YOU OUT THERE?


    Glenda Heywood
     
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  2. greghost

    greghost Just Hatched

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    I have 6 cinnamon queen chicks they are three weeks old I am adding probiotics, a pinch of oregano (dried) a slice or two of garlic, apple cider vinager 1 teaspoon a gallon of water Question am I overdoing additives if so what should I stop? Thank you in advance for your reply
     
  3. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    AS FOR THE ACV IN WATER YOU CAN PUT 2 TSP PER GALLON FOR CHICKS.

    well I am not familiar with your breed of chicken, but for normal chicks I personally used this:
    WET MASH PROBIOTIC RECIPE


    Natural Probiotic Wet Mash
    2 tsp of dry crumbles
    1 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Brown "Mother" in bottom of bottle..
    1 tsp brown sugar
    4 tsp of milk sweet, sour or buttermilk
    1 tbsp of non flavored yogurt
    mix good and put the
    Wet mash in small bowl to feed chick ( large flat bowl for more chicks.)
    THIS IS JUST FOR ONE CHICK.ONE DAY A WEEK.
    FOR MORE CHICKS ADD AMTS.
     
  4. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    http://chickenbreedslist.com/Poultry-Diseases-and-How-to-Prevent-Them.html
    Poultry Diseases and How to Prevent Them




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    Poultry are not disease free, and it is important that you create an environment that will protect these birds from as many diseases as possible. If you intend to eat your chickens or consume their eggs, you will want them disease free for yourself as well as their own well being.
    Most diseases are a matter of prevention. Here are four easy steps to reduce exposure to disease in general.
    1. Make sure your chickens are receiving a balanced diet that includes protein, vitamins and minerals.
    2. Make sure mash, scratch and pellets are kept clean and dry and not used after the expiration date.
    3. Keep your coop cleaned out.
    4. Keep water clean.
    Below are the most common diseases chickens suffer from, their symptoms, and how to prevent them.
    Infections Bronchitis
    This is a fairly common respiratory disease that can be mild or severe depending on immunity and environment.
    Symptoms include:
    Decreased interest in food and water
    Discharge from eyes and nostrils
    Gasping and other signs of respiratory distress
    Strange chirping sounds
    Dramatic reduction in egg production
    Treatment:
    The most effective form of prevention is vaccination. You will need to find a vet that works with livestock and poultry while they are young. If your chickens are not vaccinated, they can be prescribed antibiotics that you will have to give them. They will need to be isolated as well. Increasing the temperature of the isolation area is also helpful.

    Avian Encephalomyelitis
    This occurs predominantly in young birds and is quite common in developed countries.
    Symptoms:
    Dull expression
    Uncoordinated movements
    Twitching of the head and body
    Treatment: Isolate the chicken immediately. The best form of prevention is vaccination.
    Chronic Respiratory Disease or Mycoplasma Gallisepticum
    A respiratory disease that affects a large number of chickens. It is also called Infectious Sinusitis or Mycoplasmosis.
    Symptoms:
    Swollen Sinuses
    Sneezing
    Discharge from the nostrils
    Foamy eye discharge
    Treatment:
    Antibiotics have proven very effective in combating this disease and they may be administered by mixing in food or water or by injection.
    Fowl Pox or Avian Diptheria
    Is not the same as the chicken pox your children can get. It is a respiratory disorder.
    Symptoms:
    Spots that look like warts on bald areas of the body
    Diminished egg production
    Raw, occasionally bleeding skin
    Respiratory distress
    Congestion
    Treatment: Vaccines are available, however there is no treatment for this particular disease. It is, however, slow to spread so if caught early it may not spread to unaffected poultry.
    Cholera
    This occurs in adults, predominantly roosters. The most common symptom is loose, green stools and swollen wattles.
    Treatment: Tetracyclines should be administered until symptoms disappear- about one week.
    Marek's
    This is a highly contagious disease caused by the herpes virus.
    Symptoms:
    Asymmetrical Paralysis
    Difficulty Breathing
    Change in eye color
    Treatment: To prevent this disease, chicks should be vaccinated upon hatching.
    Infectious Coryza
    Also known as a cold or croup, it is a respiratory infection.
    Symptoms:
    A strange foul smell
    Nasal and Eye discharge
    Difficulty or changes in breathing
    Diarrhea
    Wheezing sounds
    Treatment: Antibiotics are most commonly used as well as anti-bacterial medications.
    There are two disease that you MUST REPORT TO THE USDA if your chicken show the signs or symptoms of.
    Avian Influenza or Bird Flu
    Symptoms:
    Respiratory Distress
    Changes in eating habits
    Diarrhea
    Decreased egg production
    Nose discharge that contains blood
    Red or white spots on the legs
    Newcastle Disease
    Respiratory Difficulties including wheezing, gasping and sneezing
    Green, watery diarrhea
    Nervousness and depression
    Paralysis
    Tremors
    Thin-shelled eggs or no eggs
    Swelling of the skin around the eyes and in the neck
    If you suspect a chicken in your flock has either of these diseases, you MUST contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture.​
     
  5. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    USE OF APPLE CIDER VINEAGER PLUS BROWN MOTHER NEEDED;
    the most important kind OF ACV is natural with "BROWN MOTHER" IN BOTTOM OF BOTTLE.
    THIS KIND IS AVAILABLE AT WALMART AND ON AMAZON.
    IT IS BAGGS $9.00 A QT.
    ...
    How to give ACV to chickens – Dilution rate
    2% ACV should be added to their drinking water, in other words 20ml per litre. Remember ACV is acidic and you should only put it into plastic water containers to prevent corrosion. I normally do this for a week every month – the first week of the month so that I remember which one!

    Being a natural supplement, getting the dose exactly right isn’t that critical, so after getting used to the amount to add to my water containers, I tend to guess the amount!

    For chicks and growers, you can give them a very weak solution to help them grow and feather up quickly. I normally make a 0.5% / 5ml per litre mixture for these.

    Due to the acid content of ACV, it is an antiseptic. As well as killing germs, it is also a mild antibiotic as well, (that is, it contains bacteria that destroy infectious organisms).

    Some claim that ACV increases egg production. Whilst I have not been able to find any studies that prove this, it would still make sense that if you are keeping a hen in good health, she will perform better and have less challenges to her immune system to deal with.

    Raw, unfiltered / unpasteurised ACV, can be found in health shops (although it is usually quite expensive and in smaller containers) and many poultry / equine shops / outlets will sell 5 litre tubs of it. The ACV you see on the shelf in your local supermarket is pasturised which doesn’t offer the health benefits of the unpasturised / unfiltered sort. There is some more information on Apple Cider Vinegar for Chickens on the Keeping Chickens: A Beginners Guide Website.

    Beware – The ACV you see on the shelf in your local supermarket is normally the pasturised sort. Pasturisation kills the helpful bacteria
     
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  6. MrsRambo

    MrsRambo New Egg

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    When should i remove my chicks from the mother? They r around 3 days old and is her first time nesting and having hatching eggs. She is being kind of mean to them...keeps knocking over water and kicking food out of feeder...also pecks and kicks Snr chicks abs steps on them. Im new to this so not exactly sure what to do. Should i remove them and being them inside with my other chicks?
     
  7. Kellycbf

    Kellycbf Out Of The Brooder

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    My biggest question is what 3- 5 things would you have in a basic chicken first aid kit? I mean basic. I have searched here, but to be honest, the lists given are much too overwhelming for a newbie. I asked in my local backyard chicken group and got some great suggestions, but I think it would beneficial for many newbies to know what the absolute basics are and how to use them.

    This is a great thread, thanks for taking time to share your knowledge with us.
     
  8. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes I would remove them from her as she will and kill them.
    So try and get them into the house under heat lamp of some kind as they need heat being new.
    Also I would keep them by them selves for a several days.
    For them to get some feed and water in them.
    Don't rush the process.
    And then at nigh put them in with other chicks.

    New chicks need heat of 99 degrees for first week of life.
    Then on down on heat level 5 degrees a week.
    Also have the brooder so they can get away from the heat and eat and drink.

    I would say it would be a month if they were mine to keep them alone first.

    Before entering them with older chicks.
     
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  9. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well basic to say this.

    (1) Bragg apple cider vinegar "with the brown Mother" in the bottom of th qt jar.
    This can be bought in Walmart and Amazon for $9.00 a qt, BRAGGS is name.
    This needs to be put in water from day one 2 tsps per gallon of water.

    (2) Then I would buy VETRX .
    It is the best thing for respiratory disease.
    If the Chicks get to sneezing put 2 tsp Vetrx per gallon of water.
    Do this till chicks do not sneeze any more.
    Probably a week in water.
    You can buy It at AMAZON
    Also pu1/2 tsp down the throat of the chick with eye dropper twice a day for a week.
    Rub Vetrx under each wing as chick will breath it in.
    And rub it on the head

    (DO NOT PUT ACV IN WATER WHEN MEDICATION IS USED IN WATER)

    (3) put a bottle of Iodine in cabinet to use on any scraps or cuts.

    (4) Sulmet for coccidiosis,
    I will put that article on next.

    (5) Before getting chicks I would use permethrin to dust around on the Floor for mites or lice.
    THEN ADD SHAVINGS FOR BEDDING
    YOU CAN BUY A NCE SIZE CAN FROM AMAZON
    CALLED
    CHEMTECH D
    Prozap Garden & Poultry Dust has th permethrin in t.


    (6) Container of Diatomaceous Earth.
    use it sprinkled on floor also before adding shavings for bedding.
    THIS WITH THE ABOVE DUST WILL HELP KEEP MITES AND LICE OUT OF CHICKEN SHED.

    also ADD 1/2 CUP OF de TO CHICK FEED BY MIXING IT IN THE GALLON OF FEED.
    DO NOT HOLD YOUR HEAD OVER WHEN ADDING de AS IT IS NOT GOOD TO BREATH.
    DOES NOT HURT THE CHICKIENS EITHER.

    If I think of more I will post it later.
    thanks for asking. That helps us to know what you are thinking about.
    Glenda Heywood
     
  10. Glenda Heywoodo

    Glenda Heywoodo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    INFORMATION ON SULMET FOR COCCIDIOSIS
    Glenda Heywood
    you need to have a vet explain it to you
    I have a friend Nathalie Ross who gave this explanation she was a vet tech.
    ...
    I would put them on 7 days of sulmet in the water
    for the coccidiosis now that you have it.

    Nathalie's explanation of sulmet is
    Sulmet is sulfamethazine.
    Sulmet is used for treatment against bacterial scours in cattle, which just happens to be E. coli.
    It also is used against Coryza, Pastuerella, and Salmonella Pullorum in poultry. It's an old fashioned sulfur drug, very broad spectrum, safe for babies, easy to give.
    then give them the wet mash probiotic so they can make good gut flora

    Glenda Heywood
    Here is the way I would use and have used sulmet for coccidiosis
    Now what to do and what to feed after medicating for coccidiosis
    to make sure they eat the medicated wet mash do this first ans second day of treating and medication in the water 7 days
    also I use the wet mash with sulmet or corid
    2 tbsp of dry crumbles(chicken mash)
    4 tbsp of water
    1 tsp of sulmet add to the water
    if using corid
    2 tbsp of dry mash
    4 tbsp of water
    add 2 tbsp of corid 9.6% to the water
    feed 2 tsp per chicken for a feeding
    feed this two mornings to get the medication in the birds.

    also at same time put the corid or sulmet in the drinking water for 7 days.
    speckled hen gives corid(9.6%) liquid in 3-4 tbsp per gallon of water.
    and after medicating give the following things
    either the corid amproylium or the sulmet will work but now you have a difficient gut problem with the E.coli
    and it needs to have the Vitamin E and selenium put in the wet mash probiotic to help the E.coli gut problem.
    Do this.
    now the
    natural probiotic recipe is is:
    1 qt of dry crumbles
    2 qts of milk, sweet, sour, or buttermilk or a mixture of all or some
    1/4 cup of non flavored yoguart ( no artificial sweetmer)
    mix good
    NOW THE IMPORTANT INGRIEDIENT FOR EACH CHICK FED
    and add 1- 1000 mg of Vit E by cutting the end off the vit E capsule for each chick fed this wet mash
    and 1 seliunium tablet crushed for each chick fed this wet mash
    putting it in the wet mash.

    This for each chick your treating.
    so for each chick use 2 tsp of mixture and 1-1000 mg of Vit E
    and 1 sleinium tablet crushed in the wet mash probiotic
    twice a day for them till the manure is solid.

    And feed each chick
    2 tsp full of the wet mash probiotic and what they will clean up in 20-30 minutes
    then clean wet feeders and restock dry crumbles.

    do this twice a day for a week
    till the chicks manure is right.
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    then quit the Vit E and selinium make just the wet mash probiotic
    then once a week for life.

    All the while after medicating the birds use the ACV in their water
    DO NOT USE ACV with medication in the water, Use ONLY THE MEDICATION
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    WHEN CHICKS ARE OFF MEDICATION THEN USE
    2 tbsp of Braggs apple cider vinegar per gallon of the chicken water so their gut flora wil be regulated
    they should have this at least 3-5 days a week
    after they are over coccidiosis.
    Glenda L Heywood Cassville Missouri
     

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