White Rocks Dying or Not Thriving
- Check temperature – Too hot? Too cold?
- Check air quality (ventilation and oxygen levels)
- Check bird density – Are birds overcrowded?
- Check feeder and waterer space – Does every bird have equal and ample access?
- Check growth rate – Are birds growing too quickly
- Check sodium (salt) levels in feed and water – too much salt can cause Ascities
- Check water quality
|Pullets Not Laying
- Check light – both hours per day and intensity
- Check maturity – Was there a setback during the growing period that has delayed maturity?
- Check feed – Protein levels too low? Overfeeding scratch or table scraps?
- Add a vitamin supplement to drinking water
- Check for overcrowding
- Check for other stressors – poor ventilation, frights from other animals, disease, parasites, extreme temperatures
- Whip worm (internal parasite)
|Common Causes of Pecking & Cannibalism
- Boredom and lack of exercise
- Heat with inadequate ventilation
- Failure to isolate injured (especially bleeding) and aggressive birds immediately
- Feeding/watering stations too few, too close together, or hard to find or reach
- High-calorie/low-fibre rations (birds satisfy nutritional needs quickly and get bored)
- Too much light – try dimming lights, installing coloured lights, turning lights off at night
- Nutritional imbalances – e.g., too little salt or protein
- External parasites (birds pick out their own feathers causing bleeding that attracts other birds)
|Birds Experiencing Leg Problems
- Too rapid growth (birds too heavy for their legs) – this is especially common in White Rocks
- Malnutrition due to poor feed quality, too rapid growth or high temperatures causing undereating
- Improper flooring – slippery, damp, cold
- Insufficient exercise
- Disease or injury