APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, is fantastic. I was never completely sure about this fact until recently. I’ve always done the – PUT HALF CUP FULL IN 5 LITRE DRINKER ONCE A MONTH FOR 3 DAYS. Seems to work and I do recommend that to people. But this year I’ve used it in the drinking water for day old chicks onwards. A capful in a small mushroom drinker. No Coxy so far (touch wood) no weird fatalities, just healthy chicks. No Mean Feat. I have a brinsea 190, plus 3 basic 50 egg incubators and a Rcom 20 so the volume is moderately high for just a tiny concern. ANYWAY I’M IMPRESSED and will keep using it in chick water.
Be careful, sadly there are people out there who want all sorts of things without paying for them (kids toys, tools, cars, livestock trailers). Including your chickens. I don’t post my address online for a reason. Anyone with the latest trendy chicken breeds will be targeted. Some people will just take/damage anything because they missed part of the evolution process!! Keep an eye on all the poultry and smallholder mags – if they feature a particular breed it will be a target. SOME PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE ENTITLED TO TAKE WHAT THEY WANT. We all know that people with intelligence and integrity will not do that. Enough said.
Keep your hens busy and healthy and they will repay you for your efforts. In the morning give them enough small grain scattered in their litter to keep them interested. This gives them needed exercise and a good appetite for a good dinner at noon, which they will serve themselves from the hoppers, at night all they can eat of mixed grains. This with a little green food and plenty of fresh water will insure good returns.
Fowls that are rather closely confined should have a dust bath for daily use – summer and winter. This will help to keep down lice and provide comfort and contentment.