Feed and Water Management

While these seem like the basics of good chicken farming, attention to detail on these key aspects can go a long way towards ensuring optimal flock health and welfare. This is especially true in the case of stress on the birds, a disease challenge, dealing with pathogens like Salmonella, or raising birds with reduced antibiotics.

Water management is important to ensure chicks have access to fresh and potable water. A few hours before the arrival of the chicks, the water lines should be flushed to remove any air pockets and to ensure a fresh supply.

A good technique is to activate the water nipples with a clean broom to make sure they are working, and that the water droplets will be attracting the chicks’ attention. A recommendation on water consumption for chicks is 1 mL per bird per hour for the first 24 hours.