My broilers 9 days, I feed the start. Today they began to fall on their feet, while giving vitamins and antibiotics gave as expected. Tell me, what is the reason? (Natalia)
Hello, Natalia. Your problem is familiar to many broiler owners. They are very sensitive to the slightest changes in the environment and nutrition. I will say right away that even a course of vitamin prophylaxis and antibiotics does not guarantee that the bird will be healthy. Reasons for falling on his feet can be very much. Consider the most common and possible in your case.
Lack of greenery
Many owners of broilers, buying special feed, forget that such mixtures can not replace fresh greens and grass to the chickens. Very often, its absence in the diet leads to various problems. Including this can cause a fall to his feet. Starting at 3 days of age, chicks should be given fresh chopped greens. In the first week, its amount should not exceed 10% of the diet.
Do not forget about such a disease as rickets. Chicks at day old must be given fish oil or a special preparation with vitamin D2. If his kids didn’t get it in time, it could then cause the problem of falling to his feet.
One of the most important moments in the rearing of chickens is compliance with the density standards. Cage cramping often leads to reduced bird productivity and even death. Lack of movement can lead to problems with the joints. Normally, one square meter can hold no more than 10 heads of broilers.
Too much weight
It is no secret that broilers quickly gain weight and are often obese if fed improperly. If the body of the bird will experience a shortage of vitamin D, then a lot of weight will lead to the weakening of the limbs. As a result, the bird will fall to its feet. Compare the weight of your chickens with generally accepted weight standards.
Small paddock for walking
Even with proper and complete nutrition, chickens can fall to their feet. Often this is due to the lack of movement and space. As practice shows, increasing the space for walking can help solve this problem.
All these points are very important to consider when growing broiler chickens. In order to fully help you solve your problem, describe to us the diet of your birds, where they are kept, what is their space. If you keep them in a cage, then be sure to select a walking pad. For more information, see the conditions of chickens on our website. Temperature, humidity, general microclimate - all this affects the development and health of chicks.