Before Chicks Arrive
CLEAN & DISINFECT
CLEAN & DISINFECT
- Your Anstey chicks have come from a very clean and sterile environment. We recommend cleaning and disinfecting procedures be used to ensure healthy happy chicks.
- It is impossible to disinfect dirt. Dirty conditions harbor micro-organisms that may lead to issues with your chicks. Cleaning is the entire removal of dirt and buildup followed by a thorough disinfecting.
- A poultry house recommended disinfectant can be used or equal parts of bleach and water. 50/50
- Clean and thoroughly disinfect all poultry equipment , feeders, waters, etc.
- Make sure the building is dry before adding the litter to the floor.
- A good litter provides stability and insulation for the birds.
- We recommend at least 3 - 4 inches of course cut wheat straw or a layer of Poultry peat moss, or course aspen shavings. DO NOT use horticultural Peat Moss, pine shavings, sand or paper as these can all be harmful to your birds.
- Use 18' high chick guard (corrugated cardboard) in a diameter to eliminate crowding as chicks tend to crowd in corners and can stray from the heat source. The chick guard will also reduce any drafts. A 35 foot roll of chick guard in a diameter is comfortable for 200 chicks.
- Keep the guard in place for at least 7 - 10 days.
- Preheat the area at least 24 hours before your chicks arrive.
- The temperature should be 89 - 91 F (31 - 33 C) at a point 2" above the litter or head level of the chicks. Temperature is very important for the first week.
- A 250 watt infrared heat lamp hung at 18" above the floor is advised.
- Never use a white heat lamp as the light intensity is too bright which promotes stress and picking problems.
- Ventilation provides fresh air, removes stale air, controls temperature, controls humidity , removes dust, regulates ammonia and carbon dioxide levels as well as keeping the floor drier and the chicks healthier.
- Provide two - 1 gal (4.5 Ltr.) waters for each 100 chicks.
- Have water set out prior to chicks arriving to bring up to room temperature.
- Clean fresh water is of utmost importance. Have waters filled at room temperature when chicks arrive.
- Water is a vital nutrient and makes up 60-70% of the chicken and is present in all cells.
- We recommend water available for the 2 - 3 hours before first feeding. .
- Allow 1 inch of feeder space per chick. One 3 foot feeder can handle 75 chicks.
- Chicks should be fed a 20% fine crumble Chick Starter.
- Never dilute a starter with grains because the birds need all the vitamins and minerals provided in the starter.