When chickens get sick, the usual way for chicken farmers is to treat, isolate or cull them. These are the conventional ways. Under these traditional ways, chicken farmers want to improve
When chickens get sick, the usual way for chicken farmers is to treat, isolate or cull them. These are the conventional ways. Under these traditional ways, chicken farmers want to improve the effectiveness of treatment, reduce losses, and shorten morbidity time. Still, they also need to do some things in feeding management. After all, the chicken flock that is sick needs multi-faceted care.
About drinking water.
Usually, sick chickens need more water and are more sensitive to the cleanliness of the water. Therefore, the chicken farmer should give sick chickens sufficient and clean water. Suppose the medication is injected into the water. In that case, choosing a drug with good water solubility is necessary. The drug needs to be thoroughly mixed with water. In addition, considering the drug’s expiration date, chicken farmers should stop the water for some time before drinking. And feeding the medication to ensure that the chickens quickly drink the water containing the drug.
Chicken farmers should generally adjust the feed ratios of their sick chickens. This is because sick chickens often have an abnormal metabolism, their body temperature usually rises, and their feed intake sometimes drops. Therefore, to meet the nutritional requirements of the flock during the period of illness, it is generally necessary to increase the energy level of the feed. Increasing the vitamin content improves immunity while ensuring the meal is clean and healthy without mold. In addition, reducing the fat content, increasing the number of feeding facilities, increasing the number of feeds, and appropriately increasing the number of pellets can also increase the intake of chickens.
About feeding management.
Strengthen ventilation in the chicken coop to ensure smooth airflow in the cell to reduce the spread of epidemics and secondary infections. Strengthen disinfection and sanitation management, timely cleaning of manure, and pay attention to the cleanliness of drinking water, feeding, and other utensils. If it is colder in spring, autumn and winter, pay attention to maintaining the temperature of the coop. And ventilating and avoiding thieving wind in the cell to avoid aggravating the disease or even triggering new conditions in the chickens due to cold. In summer, we should do an excellent job of preventing heat stress and cooling. For chickens with the disease, we should cull the sick chickens in time after diagnosis to reduce the possibility of spreading the disease.
The above three points introduce how to manage chickens with disease from drinking water, feeding, and essential feeding management. I hope it will be helpful to all chicken farmers.
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