We all want to make sure our chickens are happy and healthy. Just like us humans, diet and nutrition are essential for the overall health of chickens. The following article focuses on the gastrointestinal (GI) tract of chickens and how best to keep our birds happy and healthy with respect to diet and nutrition. Gastrointestinal Tract of a Chicken From start to end, a chicken’s digestive tract is quite different than our own, though there are some analogous parts between our two species. The chicken picks up food with its beak and secretes saliva to help moisten the food.
The goal of the brooder is to simulate the environment that would normally be present for chicks after hatching. In other words, the brooder keeps your chicks safe, warm, fed and watered. Big picture, your brooder should: Be free from drafts but have good ventilation to prevent ammonia build-up Prevent rodents and predators from access Warm and cozy Have access to proper feed and clean water Have bedding like rice hulls or wood shavings Here are a few other handy brooder hints: Brooder Space Set up your brooder space as a ring with approximately 0.5-1.0 square feet per chick.
Creating a safe space for your baby chicks to grow is essential for their well-being, and a brooder is the perfect route to provide this safe space. But, first things first, what exactly is a brooder? It is an artificial warm enclosure that is meant to keep chicks from the ages of 0 to 8 weeks safe and healthy until they are sufficiently feathered. Never set up a brooder before? That’s not a problem! Go ahead and read on for more information about the ins and outs of how to create the perfect home for your chicks. How to