For new chicken owners, identifying when a bird in their backyard flock is sick can be a challenge. And knowing what to do about it can be even more daunting. Learn from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart what to look for, and what to do when you suspect an issue.
Because chickens are flock animals, they try to mask their symptoms so the other birds don’t know that they are sick
Some signs of illness include listlessness, loss of appetite, pale fact
Check for parasites under the wings of skinny chickens
Poultry dust can help to get rid of mites and lice
As a backyard chicken owner, your first goal is keeping your girls happy and healthy. There are lots of ways to work towards that goal, and Nutrena offers you one more option: our unique FlockShield healthy flock shield system, found in our NatureWise poultry feeds. Learn about it here from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart.
FlockShield is an additive that boosts the chickens’ overall immune systems helping them to live longer and lay more eggs
When it comes to bedding in the chicken coop, there are lots of options for backyard flock owners to choose from. Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart shares his thoughts on the most common types, and the pros and cons of each.
Shavings and straw are the two most commonly used types of bedding
Do not use sawdust as it can cause respiratory issues
Avoid redwood and cedar as some woods carry toxins that can cause respiratory and eye issues
Use natural dirt or sand to lay down underneath the bedding
Your nose will tell you how often to change the bedding
If you are new to chickens, or are looking at upgrading your current coop, there’s a few key things to consider when building a home for your flock. Learn from Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart how to keep your girls happy, healthy, and safe from predators in their coop.
Use hardware cloth instead of chicken wire to keep chickens safe from predators
Chickens need about 16 hours a day of daylight to get eggs
It’s very important for chickens to be positioned so they are exposed to natural sunset
Four chickens per nest box is a good rule of thumb
Make sure the coop is well ventilated, but not drafty
Got new baby chicks in a brooder? Then you’ll want to know how to keep them warm and clean, so they stay healthy and strong. Listen in as Nutrena poultry expert Twain Lockhart shares tips to keep your brooder in proper condition.
Baby chicks self-regulate their temperature and will gather together if they’re too cold.
If you see the chicks huddled together at one side, that is a sign there may be a draft.
Put newspaper down underneath the pine shavings to make cleanup easier.