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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
  • Parasites
  • Worms
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
  • Overcrowding
  • 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