We have a young reader who is also interested in raising healthy kabir chicks and 45-day old chickens. He is a bubbly 12-year old kid, and he definitely knows a lot about chickens, indeed!
Meet Myrhh Santa Ana Manalo from Taytay, Rizal.
Myrhh was kind enough to provide me with a short list of helpful tips on how to raise healthy and happy chickens.
But before we get to that, here are images of our 4-month old Kabir chickens. They each weigh 5 kilos to 5 1/2 kilos.
This is the King Kabir.
This is ButterBall. We call him as such because he looks like a big ball of chicken.
Here is Blake. We initially thought it was Blake Lively, but he turned out to be a male chicken. He is now rechristened as Blake Griffin!
Finally, here is a group shot of our teenage Kabir chickens.
Without further ado, here are Myrhh’s insights on healthy chicken raising:
1. Always fill the waterers with clean and fresh water to prevent dehydration. If possible, put slices of fresh garlic, chili, and/or malunggay inside the water feeder.
2. Always fill the feeders with fresh feeds to prevent cannibalism amongst the young chicks.
3. Always check for sick chicks so they can be treated as early as possible. Look for signs such as general weakness, loss of appetite, ruffled feathers, and watery discharges in the nostrils.
4. If a chicken or chick is ill, it is best to take it out of the flock and put it in a separate cage.
5. Do not hold them as if you are giggling. Always handle with care to prevent stressing your chicks and chickens.
6. Always clean the cage to prevent parasites to go to the poultry house or cage.
Myrhh is quite mature for his age. Who would have thought that a 12-year old is capable of giving expert advice on raising healthy chickens? Well done, Myrhh!
Here are more tips on raising organic chickens:
• Keep the cage or chicken coop well ventilated, but make sure that you cover the sides of the cage to avoid cold wind drafts. This is especially true if you have young chicks and if your cage is located outdoors.
• Provide sufficient heat to day old chicks by using artificial light. You can also use a heater. It is a good idea to provide at least 6 hours of artificial heat and warmth to your chicks each night, until they are at least 2 weeks old.
• Cleanliness is next to Godliness. In this case, cleanliness is essential if you want to raise healthy organic chickens. Keep the coop clean at all times.
• Avoid using synthetic vitamins, medicines, and antibiotics as much as possible. We personally refrain from this practice, because we have proven time and again that it is possible to raise healthy ( and yummy) chickens without using the nasty stuff.
If you have any thoughts on organic chicken farming, kindly leave your comments below. We would love to hear your insights.