Fresh water - it is vital that your birds have access to fresh, clean
water at all times. Water should be changed daily if possible and water containers scrubbed out using a combination
of washing up liquid and poultry friendly disinfectant
Feed - Chick crumb from day
old to approx 7 weeks. 7 weeks to 20 weeks require growers pellets, from 20 weeks or POL layers pellets are sufficient.
Wheat or corn can be fed as a treat feed, sprinkle a little to keep the birds occupied. Wheat and corn should not be
fed to birds under the age of 20 weeks where possible. Always buy the best feed that your budget allows. Higher
feed value will not only assist laying but also keep your birds in top condition.
- grit should be made available to birds should they not be free ranging. Grit is vital to assist the birds digestive
Draughts and damp - birds hate both, keep your birds in a draught free
area but ensure there is adequate ventilation. Ventilation should be provided at the top of houses so that the air can
circulate. Try to keep runs and houses damp free by regularly changing bedding and providing a dry outside run for them.
Garlic - is well known for its properties helpful
to respiratory problems. Dried, powdered garlic can be added to feed to help this. It is also known to keep the
flies away during the summer. Best bought from equestrian shops as the food grade is too strong for poultry.