Useful advices

1. Clean well and disinfect the area.

2. Heat the building at 21°C (70°F) in order to dry the walls and floors and thereby remove all humidity before covering the surface with around 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) of straw or wood chips (never use sawdust).

3. In the center, install for 100 chicks:
  • A heat lamp at 46cm (18") from the floor
  • Two (2) feeding hoppers with feed, permanently filled
  • Two (2) troughs of 1.5L (one gallon), cleaned everyday, use lukewarm water for the first day.
Surround the area with corrugated cardboard of 30 to 40 cm (12 to 15") high, diameter of 1.2 meter (4'). Go up one feet per 100 additional chicks.

Temperature on the floor:
For the first week depending on the following species:
  • Chicks, goslings, ducklings - 32 to 35°C (90 to 95°F)
Lower temperature of 3°C (5°F) per week of raising.

Note: If birds pile up under the lamp: they are cold.
If they gather around the perimeter with open beaks: they are too hot.

4. Do not forget to enlarge the circle according to the growth of the birds. Calculate that a 10 week old fowl of meat type needs 2 square foot each.

5. Your local vendor or co-op can provide you the recommended feeds depending on age and bird varieties.

Note:Meat type- Beginning-chicks for 4 weeks (for a regular beginning), then raising roasted chickens
 Laying breed:- Depending on the program of your feed provider.

6. Do not serve round grains before 6 week old. Add poultry gravel to the ratio of 1 Kg (2 lbs) / 100 chickens per week