Any farmer who breeds chickens knows that the foundations of their health, like all living organisms, are laid from the moment of birth.
“Egg-chicken-chicken” is a logical path that any healthy poultry goes through in its development, and it is important for a person to especially carefully monitor the development of a chicken in the first months after its birth.
Chickens: care and feeding
Caring for chickens at home requires a person to understand all the processes that occur with a living organism after birth. Chicks that the farmer must care for and raise are particularly demanding on the environment in the first ten days after birth. They need to be allocated a warm, dry and clean room, in which there is always fresh air, but there are no drafts.
You can place no more than 25 chickens on one square meter, so that the babies have free space. For the first five days, chickens should be kept on a floor covered with paper with feed and cereals. So they can eat without harm to health. It is worth remembering that chickens, chickens, which must be carefully cared for, cannot live on a cold floor, otherwise there is a chance of catching a cold. At an early age, the body of chickens is not yet able to cope with infections on its own, and therefore the chick can simply die from any disease. Caring for chicks from the first days should be maximum, and this will have to spend your own time. In the first ten days, babies are fed every two hours with finely chopped boiled eggs, cottage cheese with semolina or corn grits. One egg or 50 g of cottage cheese and 50 g of cereals will be enough for 10 chickens. In order to ensure that babies have all the necessary trace elements, broiler nursing chicks begin to feed on compound feed from the moment of birth.
Day-old chicks: care, feeding
Caring for chickens from 0 days should consist in the right conditions and a well-chosen diet. It will not be superfluous to give chickens lightly ground rolled oats flakes or mixed feed with milk powder and a multivitamin tablet. In this case, after each feeding, you need to carefully examine the chicks’ goiter to make sure that everyone is full. Caring for chickens in the early days should also include feeding finely chopped greens, which can be given from three days of age. A week after birth, chickens can already be given mash with curdled milk or broth.
Also, caring for chickens consists in feeding potatoes, grated carrots, pumpkin and other vegetables that adults can also eat. It is worth remembering that if the chickens have not eaten the wet mash, then you should not leave it until the next feeding, otherwise the babies may be poisoned. Therefore, chicken feed should always be fresh, as well as drinking water. As a disinfectant, once every two weeks, you can give babies a weak solution of potassium permanganate, but you should not do this immediately after their birth. Day-old chick care should be about providing feed. Immediately after the chicks pop out from under the hen, they start looking for food. Some farmers are sure that babies need to be fed only on the second day, but from the very beginning it is better to scatter small grains or chopped eggs. Then the chickens eat up more quickly, and the residual yolk is more likely to be absorbed in them, which ensures the qualitative development of the body. It is important to provide chickens with a living temperature – it should be at least +30 degrees in the first five days, and +28 degrees from the sixth day. Every week it is worth lowering the temperature by three degrees, so that in a month it will be no more than +18 degrees. Babies can be taken out on the street from the age of three, if it is warm outside, but you need to gradually get used to walking. The chicks’ water needs to be changed several times a day and the babies have enough feeders and drinkers to keep them from crowding around them.