breed of chicks should I order?
on whether you want them for eggs, meat,
or both. If you want eggs, our top layer
is the Red Sex-Link, but if you want a
larger hen that does better under variable
conditions or that will give you a
respectable amount of meat at end of lay,
try one of our seven regular dual purpose
breeds. For meat, the top producer is the
White Rock, but if you want a lighter but
hardier bird, we suggest our heaviest dual
purpose breed, “Frey’s Special Dual
Purpose.” For a colourful variety of
layers, try our “Layer Variety”
can I minimize the possibility of sexing
errors in my order of layers?
ordering Barred Plymouth Rock, Rhode
Island Red, and Colombian Rock X, which
are more difficult to sex as chicks. In
all other breeds the sexes have
distinctive colour or marking patterns,
which will greatly reduce the chance
you’ll get unwanted males.
Can I mix chickens of different
We do not
recommend this, since it may lead to
pecking-order problems and the spread of
disease from older birds to younger birds.
I raise chickens with turkeys?
We do not
recommend this. Chickens and turkeys
require different feeds for optimum
growth. And to prevent Blackhead disease
in turkeys, thoroughly disinfect the pen
between flocks, and do not allow turkeys
into an outside area previously occupied
by chickens, for at least three years.
|5. What is
It is a
common protozoan disease. Symptoms include
diarrhea, dehydration, weakness,
depression, and ruffling of feathers.
Medicated chick starter contains a
coccidiostat to protect against this
disease, but cleanliness, dry litter, and
sufficient space in the pen are also
critical. Further information on
coccidiosis is available on our website.
Why are my birds losing feathers?
common reasons birds lose feathers are
nutritional deficiencies (particularly
amino acids such as methionine if birds
are fed corn and other grains in addition
to complete feeds), frequent mating (hens
will have feathers missing from the back
and head, males from the breast area),
cannibalism (due to factors such as
overcrowding and inadequate nutrition),
and external parasites such as mites and
lice (feathers will be missing from
abdominal and vent areas). It should be
noted that hens that are laying well will
naturally lose feathers over the laying
period. Your “pretty girls” are likely to
be your less productive layers!
My White Rock chickens are dying.
What can I do?
chicks, carefully review the Care and
Comfort section, paying particular
attention to temperature. Temperature
fluctuations and deviations of even a few
degrees from ideal temperatures can stress
these delicate birds. USE A THERMOMETER!
If your chicks are showing symptoms such
as droopiness, wheezing or diarrhea,
adding a broad-spectrum antibiotic to
their drinking water for a few days may be
helpful. Birds over three weeks of age
that are subject to stress and excessive
heat may benefit from extra vitamins and
electrolytes. Restricting feed will
prevent them from growing too quickly for
their legs and hearts. See page 5 and the
checklist at the back of the brochure for
|8. My birds
are pecking each other. Help!
other forms of cannibalism are almost
always management problems. In that way
chickens are like children. If something
is amiss, they start picking on each
other. See the Trouble Shooting section
for more information.
Why aren’t my hens laying?
many possible reasons. The most common are
improper light and feed or immaturity
caused by a setback (periods of stress,
moving, etc.) during the growing period.
See the Trouble Shooting section for more