- 孵卵器空间/热: Day old poultry should be started in a proper space such a barn, 建设上超越, 地下室, 鸡舍或车库. It is important to make sure your brooder space is clean and disinfected prior to using it, 特别是如果以前在那里养过家禽的话. 无论你把它们放在床上还是电线地板上, there should be some type of solid wall or partition around them to prevent drafts. 确保狗、猫和啮齿动物不被靠近. Initially each poult needs about 1/3 square foot of pen space. What works best for larger areas is a brooder ring of cardboard 18 inches high with a heat lamp hung over the center of the area. Doing a ring/circle will not leave any square corners for baby poultry to pile in the corners and keeping them from wondering off too far from the heat and food source. Hang the heat lamp about 18 inches above the floor at first. A thermometer placed on the floor should read 95 degrees directly under the lamp/heat source. Raise the lamp every 3-4 days to gradually decrease the heat level to 90-85 degrees.
- 床上用品: 使用2到4英寸的干垃圾, 如松木刨花, 切碎的稻草或其他适当的床上用品. 不要使用报纸或其他光滑的材料, this can cause legs to slip out from underneath them and cause serious leg problems. 我们也不建议使用雪松片, 对待刨花, 大而厚的木屑或满是灰尘的木屑作为床上用品.
- 水: Make sure you provide plenty of containers of water based on amount of poultry. 用一加仑的小鸡水喂25只小鸡. 提供室温水. 洗 & 每隔几天清洗一次容器. We recommend adding our Streseez Plus (1 teaspoon per three gallons of water) to their drinking water.
- 提要: 使用小鸡起动器. Protein should be at least 18 to 24 percent for starter and fed for the first six weeks. After six weeks, you can switch to a grower feed with 16 to 18 percent protein. (Brands of feed may vary, you can ask your local feed dealer for recommendations).
The post office should notify you when your order arrives and will ask you to pick them up. We suggest notifying your post office to let them know you are expecting an order of live animals. 到达后先引入室温水, this is the most important nutrient after being in transit.
还记得….Baby poultry may carry germs that can make people very sick. Avoid contaminating human food and always wash your hands after caring for them.
The best way to judge comfort of the birds is to watch them. When they are cold they will be loud and huddle close together, 如果舒适的话，他们会相当安静. If they are huddled to one side there is a draft moving the heat to that direction. If they are staying away from the lamp, the lamp is too low or it’s too warm in the room. Huddling closely under the lamp indicates they need more heat. 如果他们分散在整个钢笔喝酒, 吃饭睡觉你有一个完美的生活空间.
5-6 week old you can start weaning from heat lamp (above 65º F)
Normally brooder temperature can be dropped about 5 degrees a week and can be turned off during the day by 4 weeks of age unless you live in cooler weather areas then by 5-6 weeks of age eventually weaning them off the extra heat completely. If raising them in warmer weather, heat may only be needed for a couple of weeks. You’ll have to determine by their age and weather to allow them to go outdoors for brief periods of time during the day. Once they are fully feathered around 6 to 9 weeks of age staying outdoors all the time will be perfectly fine but they should have a shelter to protect them from too much sun and heavy rains.
Young poultry grow very fast you will need to enlarge their pen as they grow and keep up with clean bedding as necessary. 1周后，提高饲料和水容器. Raise or hang containers to the height of their backs just so they can reach the feed and water easily, this will help with less waste and avoid breast blisters from laying down to eat and drink while also keeping the litter more dry.
One gallon chick waterers are recommended- one per 25 chicks. 以免小企鹅受凉或溺水, 不要使用开敞的锅, 菜, 或水桶浇水. If keeping birds in the same area or moving birds to different spots you may want to keep the watering area dry by making a wire platform on which the waterer can sit on. With using a platform set up, any spilled water goes through the wire and out of reach. They cannot track it back to the bedding or make a mud puddle with it. Drinking water stays cleaner plus their pen or pasture also stays dry. Some growers put this type of waterer on moveable platform.
小家伙 can be on 1/2" hardware cloth placed over a pan for the babies. The platform should be large enough to extend at least 6" out from the edge of the waterer for the babies.
成年人 1 ' '的焊丝可以钉在木十字架上吗. This can be placed over a pit in the ground for the adults. The platform should be large enough to extend at least 30" out from the edge of the waterer for adults.