Instead of waiting to spend much resources in buying drugs for your chickens, you can perform the following practices to prevent poultry diseases.
1. SEPARATE SPECIES
If you have pet birds in the house, like parrots or parakeets, then take extreme caution when caring for the pets and the flock. This is because pet birds can harbor diseases that can devastate chicken flocks.
2. CREATE A SICK BAY
It is advisable to keep away all sick chickens in a separate room from the rest of the flock. This is because diseases can easily be spread through direct contact with infected birds.
You are supposed to quarantine birds showing signs of infection, and if they can't be treated, cull them from the flock to prevent the spread of the disease.
3. KEEP A COZY COOP
Ensure you provide a well-ventilated but draft-free building with enough space for all your chickens in the flock. Proper ventilation help to reduce ammonia build-up. Ensuring that the coop is large enough will help prevent stress and fighting between the birds.
4. CHANGE THE LITTER
As a general rule, never raise chickens of any age on old litter used by a previous flock of birds. This is because litter may have a build-up of disease agents that the new flock has not been exposed to. This could lead to an outbreak of the disease.
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