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how to raise day old chicks in nigeria

HOW TO RAISE DAY OLD CHICKS IN NIGERIA [Updated 2022] 1

How to raise day old chicks in Nigeria an summary include:

  • Preheat the sheds three days before placement, so that when the chicks arrive the concrete and bedding will be warm enough (as the chick’s body will be in contact with the floor, thus failure to have adequate floor temperatures will mean the chicks are likely to huddle especially if the heat source is not enough).
  • Bedding: Wood shavings are ideal. Therefore ensure there are no pieces of foreign materials (glass or metal) and ensure bedding material is dry.
  • Always monitor your birds closely to ensure a good spread of chicks and flock activity.
  • Strictly adhere to the vaccination and medication schedule sent to your email after purchase.
  • Involve the services of qualified veterinary personnel as well, for the routine farm visits, vaccinations, prophylactic treatment etc.

Knowing how to raise day old chicks in Nigeria is important and it involves lots of work be it broiler chickens or cockerels. It requires a regular check, especially during the first few weeks. Although, it’s really fun and very pleasuring to take care of them and watch them turn from chicks into feathered birds.

You can easily raise some day-old chicks to happy and healthy laying hens or broilers for meat if you know the basics of raising chickens. Here we are trying to describe more about raising chickens from day-old chicks.

GETTING YOUR DAY OLD CHICKS

First of all, determine the number of birds you want to raise and select a breed according to your needs. Then purchase chicks from any reliable hatchery near you. Here is good news we work directly with major hatcheries in Nigeria e.g. CHI, AMO, OLAM, ZARTECH, AGRITED, etc., and get the day-old chicks delivered to you in your state or you can purchase online from HTS Farms.

Setup the Brooder (Heated room for raising day-old chicks)

Setting up brooder is a must for raising chickens from day-old chicks. Brooder provides adequate temperature, shelter and protection to the chicks for their first few weeks of age. Ensure that the brooder is dry, clean and safe. Use at least 4 inches litter in the brooder. You can make the litter with wood shavings, husk or newspaper. In the case of using newspaper, the litter doesn’t need to be 4 inches. It will be better if you use a few layers of papers. Temperature management is very important in the brooder. Chicks require about 95° Fahrenheit temperature for the first week. Reduce the temperature each week at the rate of 5° Fahrenheit per week until the temperature reaches 70° Fahrenheit. You can use a heat lamp above the brooder for maintaining the temperature.

Get Your Poultry Equipment

Chicks require some specific supplies. Gather the supplies before starting. Smaller sized equipment is good for this purpose. For example, using chick-sized feeders or drinkers will make the first few weeks easier. Using smaller drinkers will help the chicks not to drown. And chick-sized feeders will help the chicks to take food easily. Bedding is also needed for the baby chicks. Ensure, you have all the required supplies before starting.

The Arrival of Your Chicks

After getting your chicks, check everything and make everything ready for them. Then settle them into the brooder so that they stay warm and happy. Probably your chicks are stressed due to the shipping process from hatchery or store. So, gently bring them out from the box and dip their beaks into the water. Then let them take rest and acclimate to their new home.

Monitor the activities of chicks in the brooder. If they scatter all over, they may be too hot, so you’ll need to raise the lamp and reduce the temperature. And if the chicks huddle under the lamp in clusters, they may be too cold, so lower the lamp/heater.

For the first few weeks, you need to check on them at least five times a day. And gradually less after that. You have to keep them safe from other animals and over-handling by children. You also need to monitor their temperature. Always try to keep their feed and water fresh and clean.

MEDICATION AND VACCINATION

Make sure you get your necessary vaccinations required to help your chicks fight against viruses and bacterial infections. This varies from location to locations. Speak to a vet near you to prescribe the necessary vaccines and their dosage. This is very important and shouldn’t be overlooked.

Feeding & Watering

Start feeding of your chicks with a starter mash and continue feeding for a few weeks. Depending on the type of your chickens (broiler or layer), you need to go to grower or finisher afterwards. Also ensure availability of sufficient amount of clean and fresh water for all time, this help to reduce the spread of diseases.

Where to get your chicks at an affordable rate, simply visit www.htsfarms.ng

In Summary it is important to know how to raise a day old broiler chickens.

One Comment

  1. I found this lessons really interesting and educative. And I would like to know much more from you

    Ezekiel Olushola

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