One of my customers asked me recently if I could see what was wrong with her chook. I didn't have to look hard to find probably the worst case of lice I've ever seen (pictured below).
A sure sign of lice on your chook is bald, red patches of skin on the chooks body, excessive loose feathers in the nest or your chooks stop laying eggs.
Check twice a month to prevent lice infestations. When dusting your chooks for lice you should also dust their perches and nest.
I treated this bird and removed all traces of lice and found her a nice new home.
Below: Chronic case of untreated lice.
PESTENE for control of lice, mites and fleas on poultry, dogs, cats, calves, horses and goats. Simply brush through to kill lice.
Also apply to your birds perches.
Not to be used on kittens and puppies under 3 months old.
ALEX’S TIPS FOR GOOD EGG PRODUCTION
Your chook’s feed is most important, we use Laymour® 16% protein layer pellets. Ensure you keep the feed in front of them at all times. In heatwave conditions it’s a good idea to lightly dampen some pellets to encourage them to eat. Some household scraps can be given as a treat just a few times a week late in the afternoon but do not feed extra wheat or corn as this will unbalance the 16% protein, this is the most important factor for laying pullets. A cup of Scratch Mix scattered on the floor will encourage the hens to scratch the litter over.
Your birds will have less stress if you keep them on the same feed as we use even if only for two weeks, in fact this applies to all livestock. Clean water is a must and should always be available. In summer months, change the water often when temperatures are higher than usual.
Birds are to be wormed about every three months. A good idea to help you remember when to worm is to do it at the beginning of each season, spring, summer, autumn and winter, this will be easy to remember. A good wormer is KILVERM, the directions are on the bottle.
Mite and lice also need to be controlled. The birds and their perches should be dusted with a product called PESTENE. You can examine the birds for these pests by holding them upside down and examining their rear end. If either of the pests occurs and you have not noticed, one of the results will be no egg production. Use wooden perches with a 3” wide standing area x 2” deep.
One nest bucket half filled with softwood shavings is needed for each four hens.
When you first buy your birds it’s wise to keep them locked up for three to four days before letting them out, this way they will always go back into their house on dusk, but do try to remember to do this because Mr or Mrs Fox are always on the lookout for a nice chicken dinner.
With good care and feeding, your birds will produce eggs for at least two years and maybe three. If keeping the birds after two years, the economics should be looked at because the cost of feed to egg production may be too much. Also, a sign that you may need to replace your birds is when the shell quality deteriorates and becomes thin.
LAYMOUR’S BIRDS ARE FARMED UNDER HAPPY CONDITIONS,
SO HERE’S TO HAPPY HENS AND PLENTY OF EGGS!
Worm your chooks at the beginning of each season, spring, summer, autumn and winter, these times are easy to remember. A good wormer is KILVERM, the directions are on the bottle.
Use wooden perches with a 3” wide standing area x 2” deep
Follow Alex's tips
for happy, healthy chooks and
plenty of eggs!