Additions to chicks feed

I was searching for a quality, natural, non-medicated crumbs food for my future baby chicks. Unfortunately I could not find any so I ordered some online from an UK Company. This is just to offer them a good start in life. After that I am going to create my own crumbs to feed them using wheat, corn and sunflower seed (those I found to buy organic).

While I decided to grow my chicks medicated-free, this will mean to search for natural alternative to keep their immunity on the highest level by adding different ingredients to their food.

After reading lots of chicken growers pages on the internet I made myself a list with what would be beneficial additions to their feed:

1. Raw rolled oats – antioxidant, helps prevent and alleviate pasty butt in chicks, provides protein, fiber and nutrients, supports immune system health

2. Garlic powder – boosts immune system, aids in respiratory health

3. Brewer’s yeast – important for strong bone growth

4. Sea Kelp – reduce the incidence of coccidiosis in baby chicks, is a prebiotic which improves probiotic activity in their digestive system, contains calcium, iron, niacin, and Omega-3 and vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K,  (recent studies found that Sea Kelp has the ability to act as a natural antibiotic for poultry)

5. Alfalfa – rich in chlorophyll, carotene, protein, calcium and other minerals, vitamins B, C, D, E and K

6. Calcium carbonate (washed, dried and crushed eggshells) – important for strong bone growth

Any of these can be added to their daily feed at a ratio of 1/2 teaspoon per cup of feed.

Growing happy & healthy chicks 🙂

Chicken Dust Bath Recipe

We all know that keeping chickens will, at some point, lead to parasites infestation such as mites and lice on your birds. In order to prevent this they need a dust bath.

What can we put in their dust bath to make it more efficient?

I search over the internet and found a recipe that sound really good to me and this is what I’m going to use when I will set up the dust bath for my chickens:

2 parts dry dirt or dust
1 part wood / paper ash or charcoal – make sure is clean, not from burning rubbish
1 part sand – ensures the dust bath won’t clump
1/2 part food-grade diatomaceous earth – kills mites, lice, fleas, ticks and other parasites by cutting through their hard-shelled exteriors

Optional we can add powdered dried herbs – 1/2 part of any of the following o a mix of them: sage, lavender, peppermint or rosemary

Mix well all of these ingredients and put the mixture in the dust bath. It will be a real chicken spa 🙂

Organic (BIO) – The BIG question

Considering my small experiment of trying to hatch some chickens, I started to search for solutions to feed them. I’m not a “only-BIO” addict, but I try to find solutions to feed my family as close to the natural way as possible, so I also want to feed my pets the natural way.

I know that small chicks can be feed naturally using egg yolk and cornmeal, but being at work most of the day I was searching for some baby chick crumbs to feed them. And guess what, there are no organic baby chick crumbs to buy in our country. Many say that their products are natural, but none organic. They also contains medications. Maybe for a big grower that is ok, but not for me.

Now the BIG question that occur to my mind – what the “organic (BIO)-certified” poultry growers feed their birds in our country? I suppose they don’t boil hundreds of eggs and mince them to feed the baby chicks.

Hmmm?

Hatching chicken eggs – experiment

Last weekend we went to the countryside to see and aunt. There, my girl saw some white bantam chickens. She loved them so much, it was love at first sight 🙂

So we asked for some eggs to hatch. We got 4 eggs 🙂

And then the adventure begun. We ordered a 4 eggs incubator and waited patiently for it to arrived.

Meanwhile we put the eggs in a thermobag keeping them at 8-12 C and turning them daily.

Finally the incubator arrived and Saturday we set it up.

I have a feeling that the next 21 days will pass very slowly, keeping an eye on the eggs waiting for the little chicks to hatch 🙂

Keep your fingers crossed for our little experiment to succeed 🙂

Cum stabilesti sexul la pui

Am vazut mai demult un articol despre cum poti stabili sexul la pui inca din primele zile, insa am uitat. Acum am gasit din nou informatia aici si m-am hotarat sa va spun si voua si sa-mi notez si eu ca sa nu mai uit, asta pentru atunci cand voi avea pui 🙂

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