What is Grit and When Should I Use it for my Poultry?

Grit is anything that would provide a grinding tool in the gizzard, where the feed is broken down. Tiny pebbles, sand, grit, canary or pigeon grit, etc. are all suitable for adults birds, but only canary grit (or something similar in size) should be used for chicks, when necessary....

How Can I Fix a Chick Leg Injury?

The poultry orthopedic chair has several uses. Some of the first ones that I ever made were for paralyzed chicks and the purpose was to prevent these chicks from damaging their leg bones and joints in their futile struggle to walk. Some of the chicks that sat in the...

Is Medicated Starter Safe for my Ducks?

Medicated Starter/Grower is safe for ducks and other waterfowl, provided that the medication in the feed is Amprolium. Bacitracin is also safe but not as common. Medicated feed was once considered toxic to waterfowl due to the arsenic and sulfa based products that were typically used. Since Amprolium is...

When Should I Start my Hens on Oyster Shell?

Oyster shell should never be given to young hens before egg production since calcium overdose may cause kidney damage. Only hens in production should be provided a calcium supplement such as oyster shell, and even then there is some debate on how much. If you feel small ‘bumps’ on...