Our stock is vaccinated against Newcastle Disease (ND) according to the legal requirements. We also deworm the animals at regular intervals with the evening of the flime. We are a member of the breeding poultry breeding association.
Routine veterinary care ( general check-up
/ Fecal samples ) is just as much a part of this as close-knit prophylaxis against endo- and ectoparasites.
Chicks and hatchlings are particularly vulnerable. The barn and the dust bath are regularly dusted with diatomaceous earth. This nips the spread and infestation with mites in the bud.
For coccidiosis prophylaxis, oregano oil (10% solution, for animals) has proven itself in drinking water. Every now and then a shot of apple cider vinegar in the water helps to keep the intestinal flora healthy. However, this should only be seen as a preventive measure. Hygiene in the barn is generally extremely important for poultry.
A vitamin preparation (ADEC) is also administered all year round in the drinking water. Shell grit and a mineral pick stone are freely available at any time.
Our animals also always have free access to full feed dispensers with pellets / grain mix and clean drinking troughs . They also get to know various health-promoting feeds from an early age, so that later feeding them does not lead to rejection of the feed (e.g. garlic, onions, carrots, nettles). The chickens have the opportunity to ingest fresh herbs in their own herb garden , which is in the run-out.
A spacious spout used all year round with many hiding places , a weather-independent dust bath and varied additional feed also contribute to well-being, which is thanked for with plenty of eggs and vital, long-lasting chickens.
- Check the general condition
- Check the drinking trough and feed dispenser for contamination
- Collect the droppings
- prophylactic bird spot-on essential oils
- prophylactic Ballistol spray on the chicken legs
- Disinfection of the stables
in winter nB:
- Applying cream (Vaseline) to the cocks comb to protect against frostbite
We either breed with a professional fully automatic incubator from Hemel or let one of the lucky ones experience and exert their motherly happiness if they are willing to breed.
Whether artificial or natural breeding: our chicks and clucking have their own generous übernetzter outlet with its own automatic chicken door and a separate barn area. The outlet is equipped with wind protection elements, sun protection , its own dust bath and a constantly rain-protected area . For the chicks made of artificial brood, it is also possible to connect large warming plates (outside and inside) . We rely on Heka's thermostat-controlled hot plates.
If the weather continues to be bad, the chicks (and in the case of natural brood also the mother hen) have a timer-controlled lamp with UVA / UVB radiation in the barn, where an extensive "artificial sunbath" is often taken. This is essential, especially for the vitamin D supply, to support the chicks in healthy growth and to equip strong bones. The animals will also find an additional dust bath in the stable area.
Despite the independent rearing, we attach great importance to a bond and acceptance of the people , in order to make it easier for us or the future owners to visit the veterinarian and care.
We attach great importance to feeding according to needs, especially in the first 8 weeks. A freely available, high-quality, pelleted chick feed and once a day additional feed consisting of boiled egg, chopped nettles, oregano and fresh chives are on the chick menu from the first to the 14th day. This is then gradually expanded to include vegetables and fruit in line with age.
All chicks receive Röhnfried Kükenglück 2.0 from drinking water in the first 2 weeks. Afterwards there is a change between chick luck (according to instructions) and oregano oil. We have had very good experiences with this with regard to the immune system and resistance of the chicks.
When the young animals are about 10 weeks old, they move to the old animals in the large stable area and run. There is a mixed age structure here and especially the cocks are given an adequate upbringing by the old cock and the old hens. We believe that this is essential as socialization . We have often observed that the cocks seek contact with the old cock and imitate it. Nevertheless, the young animals still have the opportunity to retreat and sleep in nests with hay instead of on the pole. A lack of socialization later often leads to problems and behavioral problems, which is why we reject rearing strictly separate from other age groups or experienced, proven old animals.