Heat Stress

Heat stress has been an issue with all livestock (us included) this year. This can lead to a few problems, heavy fast-growing birds and older birds can suffer from heart attacks and as with any kind of stress it can lower immunity raising susceptibility to other problems such as worms and mites which we all know about and need to be extra vigilant about.

The most common problem made worse by the heat are the various respiratory problems especially in the chickens, we have found consistently the best cure is ‘prevention’. So, ensure correct bedding is used shavings, chopped straw any advertised as for poultry and equine are normally the best products to go with.
Avoid using hay, make sure the bedding is kept dry and use of a dri bed supplement such as Agrivite works wonders alongside a well-ventilated house.
The best preventive supplement you can give your poultry which can help prevent a whole host of ailments is unpasteurized cider vinegar (sometimes advertised – with mother) Not the super market product but one you would find in any agriculture / farm store as well as pet /equine stores we stock … A little in the water preventing bacteria from multiplying which in this heat – water drinkers can be almost perfect environment for bacteria production, the addition of a little garlic only further helps heighten your birds immunity to a whole host of issues especially respiratory

How can you tell if your birds are suffering from the heat

A change their normal behavior.
Birds may:
●  Move away from other birds.
● Move against cooler surfaces, such as the block walls or into moving air streams.
● Lift their wings away from their bodies to reduce insulation and expose any areas of skin that have no feathers.
● Elect to pant slowly.
● Rest to reduce heat generated by activity.
● Reduce feed intake.
● Increase water consumption.
● Divert blood from internal organs to the skin, which darkens skin color.
● Begin fast panting.

So please ensure that your chicken house is well ventilated with a good air flow . That areas of your chicken run has shade shelter, they have an area to dust bath in plus a plentiful supply of water. A temporary structure such as a  sun umbrella Treats such as grapes are great in this weather and the addition of a water sprinkler in the garden seems to be popular with chickens as well as ducks ..

Passionate about poultry

Passionate about poultry

We all love working with poultry. Between us there is over 8 decades of experience in owning all types of poultry as a hobby and commercially. Our poultry team have qualifications in animal and poultry care. All our team participate in our regular training sessions led by top poultry vets.

Plenty of poultry

Plenty of poultry

As well as our breeds of chickens we have ducks, geese, quail, peafowl and guinea fowl, beautiful wildfowl and even rheas. All kept in a beautiful farm setting overlooking the Creedy valley. We have poultry paddocks, open fronted barns, a quackery, parkland and brooder areas where all our birds can be seen.

Perfect Poultry

Perfect Poultry

All our point of lay birds come with a 28-day health guarantee. We hatch and rear most of our own birds or use partner farms to rear our birds for us to our exacting standards. Our business is all about poultry. We offer free friendly practical and simple advice on everything we sell here.

Plus, more than Poultry

Plus, more than Poultry

As a working farm we also have pygmy goats, sheep, deer , pigs , wallabies to purchase (advance notice needed) We also have a fabulous shop here selling everything poultry from feed and bedding to housing plus a range of other feeds for your small holding animals.