Friday, January 6, 2017

How To Transition Pullets From A Brooder To A Coop

How To Transition Pullets From A Brooder To A Coop

  1. Timing is a critical factor, the pullets should be 8-weeks-old when you move them. No more and no less. Why? Adults will accept pullets if they are young enough but will attack them if they're to old.
  2. Predator prevention is a must. Patch up rat holes, broken doors and screens that are torn. Something to keep in mind about rats is that they can't be stopped so the best you can do is manage them the best you can. He recommended a 3 day round of rat poison so that they can take it back to the rest of the colony. Rats won't bother your adult chickens but they can kill a pullet.
  3. Suffocation is a big issue. think about it..... they came from a nice cozy, warm little brooder and now their world as they know it, has been turned upside down and the world is now a pretty scary place, so they go look for a hiding place and they pile in on top of each other, smothering those on the bottom of the pile. To prevent this, close up the lowest level of the nest box and look for places that can climb into, under, behind and block them. Don't forget to put something in the corners too.
  4. Take note of where the food & water is located. You may have to lower the food. Can they reach the water? Place the food against the wall, you don't want a pullet to get caught in a tight space and get suffocated.
  5. Layer crumble works well for the adult birds and the pullets. You don't want to bring in the medicated starter feed because the adult birds will eat it and the medication will end up in your eggs. I prefer organic, but it's a personal preference.
  6. Chickens Love blood. The chickens will peck each other so if you notice blood on any of the chickens pull them out of the coop and isolate them until they are healed.
  7. Allow them time to check out their new surrounding before you let the adult birds in. He recommended an hour. I think I'd keep the adult birds out until it was nearly dark and ready  to roost.
  8. Darken the coop as best as you can, he closes windows. If you have lights on to encourage egg production turn them off for a few nights. If you must have a light on, go with a red light.
  9. In regards to coop size 2-4 square feet is best. An 8 x 12 foot coop withh house about 32 birds. Factor in bad weather for those days when the birds are coop-bound. Problems will arise if there is over-crowding.
  10. Birds like to roost, the higher the better. Each bird requires about 8" of space.
This Post is a summary of this video I got from YouTube, it was presented by Victory Farms

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