Poultry Care and Supplies

  1. How to Winterize Your Coop

    from www.scoopfromthecoop.com

    If you live in the north like me, the nights are getting chilly, the leaves are changing and here has even been some frost on the pumpkins in the mornings. All this means…winter is coming! Whether we want it to or not, it will soon be upon us. So instead of scrambling with frozen fingers when it’s really cold and snowy, prepare your coop now for a healthy flock through winter.

    Check the health of your birds. Any health issues will be exacerbated by the cold weather. Treat any ailments, keep waterers and feeders topped off so their immune systems are at their peak.

    Things to do:

    Clean and disinfect feeders, waterers and perches
    – Healthy birds requir

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  3. Helping Chicks Thrive

    Helping Chicks Thrive

    Many people associate spring with fuzzy baby chicks but modern hatchery practices make chicks available year-round. Once you know which breed is right for you, select a reputable hatchery or dealer from which to purchase your chicks.

    Young chicks must have a brooder for warmth and protection. Prepare the brooder by cleaning and disinfecting it at least two days before the chicks arrive. Once it has dried, cover the floor with 4 to 6 inches of dry litter material. Pinewood shavings or sawdust is recommended to aid in disease prevention. Hardwood litter is not recommended. Place the brooder in a draft-free location. Carefully position an incandescent bulb about a foot above the box floor to provide heat and add a second light in case one bulb burns out.

    Newly hatched chicks will find their perfect temperature in the brooder. If it’s too hot under the bulb chicks will move away from the heat; if too cool they'll move closer. Give chicks s

  4. How Much Heat Should Baby Chicks Have?

    How Much Heat Should Baby Chicks Have?

    Baby chicks have the remarkable ability to find their ideal zone of warmth in the brooder and if you simply note your chicks’ positions, you’ll know whether the brooder temperature is too hot, not warm enough, or juuuuust right.

    Temperature Correct

    If the heat level is just right, chicks will be evenly spread throughout the brooder. With adequate food and fresh water, you’ll hear them making contented peeping sounds.

    Temperature Too High

    If your chicks are spread out around the perimeter of the brooder the temperature is likely too high. Raise the heat lamp another couple of inches and/or switch to lower wattage bulbs. The chicks will be silent and you may notice them panting and heads drooping.

    Temperature Too Low

    If the brooder is too cool, chicks will huddle together directly under the heat lamp. They will be noisy, a sign of distress. Lower the lamp closer to the floor of the b

  5. Care Tips For Healthy Hens

    Care Tips for Healthy Hens

    Raising layer hens is an investment in fresh, wholesome eggs. Your hens will perform best if they have room to live and roam, nutritious feed, fresh water, and a safe, comfortable coop to nest and roost.

    Your coop should have a minimum of four square feet of space per hen, and one perch and one nest box for every four or five hens. Spread a 6-inch layer of shavings or sawdust on the floor to absorb droppings and give the birds a place to take a dust bath. Chickens tolerate temperature extremes but will suffer in cold winter drafts or stifling summer heat. Make sure the coop is free of drafts during the winter and well ventilated in the summer.

    Protect your chickens from predators by keeping them penned within good, sturdy fencing and closing the coop door each evening after your flock goes to roost.

    Because hens rarely find enough nutrients on their own for a complete, balanced diet, your choice of feed is important. Selec

  6. Types of Poultry

    Types of Poultry

    Chickens

    Many different breeds of chickens have been developed for different purposes. For simplicity, you can place them into three general categories: Laying, meat-producing and dual-purpose breeds.

    Laying Breeds:

    These breeds are known for their egg-laying capacity. Popular laying breeds include the White Leghorn, Red Sex Link and Black Sex Link breeds. A healthy hen will lay eggs for several years. Hens begin to lay at approximately 16–20 weeks of age and will lay between 20–23 dozen eggs the first year. At 14 months, laying hens usually begin to molt, the process by which they drop their old feathers and grow new ones. No eggs are laid during this period. After molting, hens will lay larger but fewer eggs per year (about 16–18 dozen).

    Meat Breeds:

    Meat-producing breeds are very efficient at converting feed to meat, producing approximately one pound of bodyweight for every two pounds of feed they eat. A pop

  7. Backyard Chicken Wound Care Readiness by Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

    Whether you have one backyard chicken or many, accidents and injuries can happen to them at any time. Since most of us don’t have a veterinarian to turn to for help caring for the health of our flocks, being prepared for the unexpected can make a medical crisis less stressful. It’s important to keep first aid supplies on hand and have a plan for a recovery space before you need them. Here’s what I recommend:

     

    Emergency Wound Care Supplies