Rearing chickens

Please take note of the following information that will be of great value when rearing your chickens:

From day old to 4 weeks:
  • They are very small and fragile treat them with love and care.
  • Put up an infra red light ± 1m from the floor.
  • Put coarse saw dust as bedding not fine sawdust.
  • Put down 5L or 2L water fonts with some electrolytes or booster in the water.
  • Place large pas of food on ground wet a 1/3 of feed.
  • Do not place food or water near infra red light.
  • There must be enough space for chicks to move away from light.
  • There must be enough space for chicks to move away from light.
  • One infra red light is enough for 250 (two hundred and fifty) chicks.
  • Feed pullet grow to hens (not broiler starter or grower).
  • After 7 (seven) days during the day put infra red lights off when temperature is higher than 20◦C.
  • Allow sunlight in on chicks, this will develop feathers much quicker.
  • Keep to inoculation program.
  • Feed AD LIB till 4 (four) weeks old.
  • Refresh water 3 x daily cool water.
  • After 14 (fourteen) days let them outside during the day but allow access back into cage.
  • If chicks start to peck each other you need to add more feed trays or pans.
  • Remove sick or weak chicks and keep them separate until healthy and strong.
  • Do not allow strangers into chick houses. Keep good bio security in tact.
  • Visit chicks often to see if all is in order.
  • From 21 (twenty one) days put Viro-kill in drinking water 10ml per 10L of water.
From 5 weeks to 17 weeks
  • Keep 10 (ten) chickens per square meter.
  • Put a bit of saw dust on floor.
  • Feed as table data on feed file.
  • Keep inoculation program up.
  • Give anti-body boost once every 3 (three) weeks.
  • Give Viro-kill in water every 2 (two) weeks 10ml per 10L.
  • Separate all sick and weak chicks – sick bay.
  • Treat with medication.
  • Put back after strong and healthy.
  • Visit cage often to check for any strange habits i.e.: sneezing, cough etc.
  • Remove bedding every 6 (six) weeks.
  • Disinfect cage floor.
  • Give cool water at all times.
  • Wet 1/3 of feed.
Egg layers
  • Put in cage for outside range.
  • 10 (ten) Chickens per square meter inside.
  • Range can be any size.
  • From 18 (eighteen) weeks old give each laying hen 120g (one hundred and twenty grams) 105 layers mash (NOT CRUMBS OR PELLETS).
  • Place 210L drums (cut open in length) on ground fill half full with saw dust use as egg laying box.
  • One half drum enough for 50 (fifty) layers.
  • Put one tube feeder per 50 (fifty) hens.
  • Put one bell drinker per 100 (one hundred) hens.
  • Pick up eggs 4 (four) times per day.
  • Feed every day at the same time.
  • 1/3 (one third) of feed must be mixed with water and given wet to chickens. Make feed like Pronutro porridge must be “sloppy”.
  • Keep good record of daily egg production.
  • Remove sick and weak layers keep separate until strong and healthy.
  • Keep inoculation program up.
  • De worm every 4 (four) months with Ecomycrin in water – always give cool water.
  • Detox with liver flush.
  • Find new markets for eggs all the time.
  • Impress the house wife – she feeds her family.