Caring for a sick chicken is a challenge that all chicken keepers face at one time or another. Keeping poultry has its challenges and one of the biggest challenges can be, getting an ill chicken well. Early detection and prevention are your best friends in …
Silver Spangles Appenzeller Spitzhauben Flock Consider Barn Lime for your Coop Have you considered using barn lime in your coops? Also known as agricultural lime, ag lime, dairy lime. Barn lime is a phenomenal product that can be assist in lice and mite prevention in …
A single case of avian flu has been diagnosed in Council Bluffs Iowa region. If the disease moves west it could be a huge challenge for Nebraska poultry growers. Officials in Iowa substantiated the occurrence of this extremely transmissible disease, week of March 3rd, 2022, …
New Edition to TarBox Hollow Poultry English Orpingtons English Silver Laced, Blue and Splash Orpingtons
English Orpingtons are beautiful birds, these are no exception and still growing they are now just 5 months old.
Green tea has been grown since ancient times, making a traditional tea that originated in China and has become a popular brew in Japan and China. Green tea leaves contain antioxidants and flavonoids. The compounds in green tea are known to be very effective in …
While there are many types of containers designed to feed chickens, here is a self-feeder that I have adapted that works well for my set up. I like it because it is efficient, keeps the food clean and allows the chickens to eat as much as they need without waste. I can fill this self-feeder up for a pen of 8-10 chickens, and it will capably feed them for up to a week.
- Very simple to make, with a power drill
- Inexpensive and cost effective, you just need a drill bit and a pail with lid to build
- It holds enough feed to self-feed a small flock for several days or longer depending on how many birds you have in the pen
- Cost Effective with less food waste.
- Feed stays clean when placed on a 4–6-inch platform
- Power Drill
- 1 1/4 Speedbor drill bit
- 5-gallon pail with lid
- Large 3 gallon pan typically used to feed and water poultry
- A small 4–6-inch platform to set auto- feeder on
This is a really easy set up, you simply use a power drill with a bit capable of drilling 1 1/4-inch hole. When drilling the holes, it seems to work better if you drill into the pail and then put drill in reverse and drill out the hole, this makes for a smoother cut. By going forwards and then putting drill in reverse, will make a nicer cleaner hole. Continue drilling several holes around the bottom of the pail about 2 inches from the bottom the pail, if they are too low to the bottom of the pail, the feed will not pour into the feed pan as easily. Make the holes all the way around the bottom of the pail about 3 to 4 inches apart and 2 inches from the bottom of the pail. Once you have this done, set the pail inside of a large 3-gallon rubber water pan or other type of large pan. Fill the pail with feed and place lid on pail.
Build A Platform for Auto Feeder
It is a good idea to place this feeder system on platform above the coop floor by about 4-6 inches to keep debris out of the feed. If you are feeding bantams 4 inches should be good, if you’re feeding a large fowl 6 inches should be good, if your feeding turkeys, you might want it to make the platform taller.
Building the Platform
Here is a nice way to build a platform: take two pieces of 2×4’ lumber and cut two 18 inch in length pieces and you need one 18×18” square piece of plywood. To assemble the platform, use 2-inch screws or nails to attach plywood to 18-inch square plywood. You can also make platforms other ways like with bricks or whatever you have, that will elevate the self-feeder off the floor of the coop. Once you have a platform, you can start feeding your chickens with ease with the auto feeder on the platform and you are ready to go, now your chickens will have access to food when they need it
Poultry Auto-Feeder Ready for Use
TarBox Hollow Poultry Orpingtons Beautiful birds, wonderful temperaments and they are excellent layers of large brown eggs. Full plumage and large size birds a pleasure to own, they are wonderful exhibition birds. Good winter layers very winter hardy.
GREEN TEA & COCCIDIOSIS
There have been multiple studies conducted using green tea for the treatment and prevention of avian diseases. In a study done in Korea where green tea was added to poultry feed, there was a 50% reduction in coccidiosis oocyst output, while maintaining weight. Another study done in Pakistan confirmed green tea contributed to exceptional anticoccidial response in broiler chicks, confirming its potential for use as an anticoccidial drug, with no residual effects. ￼
In addition, a study transpired in 2007 where green tea was successfully used to enhance immune response against coccidiosis, in addition it improved antibody support against New Castle Disease virus vaccines, concluding that the brew has the potential to boost vaccination effectiveness and immune response against coccidiosis…. continue reading
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Lice & Mite Prevention Lice & mites are minute external parasites that live off of poultry, they are extremely resilient to all types of environmental conditions, including freezing cold temperatures. They are vicious blood-sucking pests that invade your coop attacking poultry compromising their health. Consider …