Features of Unhealthy Day Old Chicks

  Inability to grow and mature Dirty after hatch inability to stand well. Toes and legs are not well developed Inactive and dull Inability to make sounds Presence of deformities; swollen hocks(knees) Exposed yolk sac Unhealed and exposed navel Abnormal skin...

Day Old Chicks (DOCs)

Below are a few tips on how to source, what to look out for as well as measures to be put in place ahead of poultry birds arrival   Step One: Day old chicks should be purchased from a reliable hatchery in order to obtain quality chicks that have very healthy and genetic production potential. Place your order in advance, always seek the advice of your veterinarian on the choice of the breed and the hatchery. It is very important to be fully prepared before you collect your day old chicks; ensure that they are properly transported and received at the farm. This increases their survival rate during the brooding period. Upon receiving birds, inquire about the vaccinations already done at the hatchery. Step Two: Prepare the brooding room about 3 weeks before the chicks arrive. Two days to arrival, sweep the brooding house and clean all the equipment. Put litter to a depth of about 7.cm (3 inches) on the floor, cover the litter material with rough brown paper or old newspaper. This is to prevent chicks from eating the wood shavings while learning to eat. The paper may be removed after four days. Step Three: The source of heat should be in place, if your brooding room is an open sided house; cover the open sides with thick polythene bags, thick boards or any other suitable material. Put on  the heat source of the warm the brooding room and place feed in the feeders. Step Four: Six hours before the chicks arrive, fill the drinkers with portable drinking water ( It is advisable that you add Glucose...