Take care of the hens: a successful breeding aims to ensure the total well-being of the animal in order to maximize its productivity.
Laying hens, breeding
in the summertimelook after the hensit is more complex: these animals, due to the heat, lower their immune defenses and are more sensitive to parasite attacks, an example of which is the red mite; according to the season and the reproductive period, it will be necessary to adapt the diet and care.
With the beginning of autumn, the greater environmental humidity favors the development of vegetation that is very useful for grazing and for outdoor breeding, in this regard, we remind you to always move the feeders and drinkers so as to facilitate their homogeneous of the grazing area, the same care must be taken in spring, when, at the end of the winter frosts, the grazing areas turn green again.
Forcurethe besthens, these must have adequate shelter, especially during seasonal changes, with the appearance of the first drafts: a shelter could also consist of a simple shelter protected on three sides and arranged with perches and a bed with abundant straw dry. Thehenssuffer a lot from sudden changes in temperature, adequate shelter should also protect them from these. The sudden changes in temperature can cause stress and lowering of the immune defenses with consequent parasitic attacks or the onset of respiratory diseases, the symptoms are nasal discharge, lack of appetite (the hens eat less than usual) general malaise, sneezing and in more serious cases breathing difficulties. It is your job to better manage the grazing outings and the adaptation of the chicken coop with the addition of soft straw and wind repair.
Taking care of the chickens, Cleaning the chicken coop
During breeding breaks (between late summer and early autumn), you can take advantage of the cleaning the chicken coop. Remove all equipment (nests, perches, feeders and drinking troughs)and remove the permanent litter. Thoroughly clean the shelter, preferably using a steam pressure washer (if you do not have one, since you will only have to use it a couple of times a year, we recommend that you rent it). Respect the times of the "sanitary vacuum”And replace permanent litter and rearrange equipment.
Take care of the hens, the replacement
Between late September and early October you can introduce a new group ofhenssending old hens "retired" that no longer lay eggs. These can be selected from those born in April (if you have hens) or purchased. Remember when you introduce new oneshens, these will have to get used to laying eggs inside the nests so as not to break the eggs and facilitate their collection. To get the new hens used to laying eggs in nests, we advise you to close the animals inside the chicken coop until late afternoon, preventing them from laying eggs while grazing.