Kienyeji Chicks, One Day Old On Sale

Taking care of 1day old kienyeji chick

A chick that is 1 day old is in a very critical period and requires a lot of care when handling. At this stage, the chick’s organs like liver, lungs, heart, kidney, spleen and the skeleton structures are maturing preparing the chick for the journey of growth and development to produce eggs and meat. In taking care of a one day old chick, ensure you have the following in order:

Spacious room for housing: There should be well spaced house of about two square foot per bird since chicks needs a free space to move freely. The house should be a rectangular one with its walls not higher than 3ft on the longer side. Enough space is also important for exercise.

Chicks require a well ventilated room: A house with proper ventilation is needed to avoid suffocating the chicks. The room should be spacious enough to allow proper circulation of air in and out of the house.

The sleeping area of the chicks should be clean enough and dry to prevent them from diseases attack. The house should be free from predators. The floor should be preferably cemented for easy cleaning. If the floor is cemented, add bedding material or litter to absorb moisture.

 In the morning after placement, check the crops of your chicks in order to be sure they have found water and the feed. If the chicks have located the feed and water, the crops should be soft and pliable. If the chicks have not found adequate water, the crops will be hard and availability of it should be checked immediately. Incase chicks have located water but have insufficient feed, this will be indicated by swollen and distended crops and availability of this should immediately be checked.

Feeding a 1 dayold kienyeji chicks

In feeding the kienyeji chicks, you need feeds in a tray or in a lid. As the chicks grow, the feeders should be raised incrementally throughout the growing period so that the lip of the trough is level with the back of the bird always. Make sure the feeders are never empty at any time.

You need clean watering troughs in raising the chicks. The level of water should remain maximum until chicks are large enough to create a spillage. Make sure you disinfect the water before giving it to the chicks to avoid infections. Water should at least be 0.5m from the lip of the drinker at 1 day of age and reduce gradually after seven days to a depth of about 1.2m.Make sure the bird’s feet is always flat on the litter when drinking.


Simple way to feed kienyeji chicks

Make sure you check on the temperatures of the chicks. Check the feet temperature by placing it against your neck or cheeks. If the chick’s feet are cold, it means the internal temperature has reduced too. Cold chicks will reduce feed intake and water intake, and this will reduce its growth rate. You can place litter on the floor to avoid the cold floor that can cause disease to the chicks.


Possible diseases for a 1 day old kienyeji chick

Chicks that are one day old are easily likely to get infected by diseases. These diseases are:

    Marek’s disease

Marek’s disease is a cancer type disease mostly associated with chicks.1 day old kienyeji chicks can be attacked by this kind of disease in case of exposure to poor ventilation in a coop or in a brooder. It may show as lameness, paralysis, blindness or labored breathing.

·   Infectious Bronchitis

This is a cold-like illness that shows symptoms like gasping, sneezing, watery eyes or nasal discharge and other respiratory trouble and loss of appetite in chicks.

This type of infection can be resisted by slightly raising the temperature in the brooder. Offering a warm moist mash can also help the chicks  in proper eating as they recover from the infection.

·  Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis is a fungal disease. It’s also called brooder pneumonia .Signs of this disease in chicks are increased thirst, loss of appetite, chicks with this kind of disease also shows convulsions. To minimize this disease you are required to improve the ventilation in the house, keep the feeding tray clean and the waterers.

·   Avian Encephalomyelitis

This is a kind of disease that is spread through fecal contamination of food and water. It’s associated with signs like loss of appetite, dull eyes, head and neck tremors and eventually paralysis. This disease has no cure. The infected chicks should be killed and properly disposed.

·  Rot Gut

This is a bacterial infection found in chicks. It spreads through overcrowding causes depression in chicks and signs of listlessness. This bacteria causes rotten-smelling diarrhea .Can be controlled by doing regular cleaning and administering antibiotics to the chicks by putting it in the drinking water.


How to vaccinate kienyeji chicks against diseases


Kienyeji chicks should be vaccinated to protect them from health problems and also death.

    1. A one day old chick should be vaccinated with Marek’s vaccine and should be applied under the skin.

    2. After one week and 3 days, the chicks should be vaccinated with Gumboro vaccine, administration method- drinking water.

    3. In the 18th day, birds are vaccinated with Gumboro for the second time and is done by adding it in the drinking water.

    4. After three weeks, the birds are vaccinated with the first Newcastle vaccine. Administration method-drinking water or through eye drop.

    5. Age of three weeks, birds are vaccinated with Fowl pox vaccine; administration method-wing web jab.

    6. At the age of six weeks old, Fowl Pox vaccine is administered; administration method-wing web jab

   7. At the age of eight weeks old, second New Castle disease vaccine is administered. Administration method-drinking water or eye drop

   8.At the age of eight weeks, Fowl Typhoid Vaccine is administered; administration method-Intramuscular injection.

   9. At the age of eighteen months old, chicks are vaccinated 3rd time with Newcastle Disease Vaccine; method of administration-eye drop or in drinking. After that, this process of vaccinating against Newcastle continues every three months.

   10.   In the nineteenth week, you should do deworming to the birds. Method used- drinking water. It’s later repeated in every three months.


Challenges one faces in raising kienyeji chicks

In raising the kienyeji chicks, there arises a challenge in cannibalism. At times chicks peck each other’s feathers a behavior referred to as picking. Once pecked, there is a possibility to draw blood and the chicks get attracted to the blood. Picking at times may result to death. Picking is a great challenge in raising the chicks. This can be prevented by ensuring the house is spacious enough to avoid overcrowding, remove any aggressive bird from the house and trying to minimize stress.

Disease attack becomes a challenge in raising kienyeji chicks. Disease can be caused due to overcrowding, poor feeding, unclean water and sleeping area.

Insufficient funds to purchase feeds for the chicken becomes a challenge. If the chicks fail to get enough feeds on time can cause stress to the chicks ad at times can lead to death.

Benefits of raising kienyeji chicks

One of the benefits of kienyeji is that its meat is tastier and leaner. Its fat content is low and therefore suitable for human consumption. In kienyeji, the cost of production is low if the birds are well managed. When it comes to egg production, Kienyeji eggs are full of nutrients and therefore suitable for human consumption. Kienyeji birds and eggs have a high level of demand in the market and this makes it fetch a lot of income to the farmer. Kienyeji birds are disease resistance and this makes it easy and cheap to manage.


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