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5/25/2008

The prevention of muddy puddles in pens often eliminates a major source of disease. Sand is an excellent base for pens but it must be refreshed regularly.

5/18/2008

Feather picking is usually the result of boredom and overcrowding in brooders. Young birds on range seldom feather pick.

5/11/2008

Both ducklings and goslings will thrive if given access to pasture within the first few weeks of their lives, weather permitting.

5/04/2008

Growing ducklings and goslings should not be kept on Starter/grower much beyond six weeks of age. Switch them to a lower protein duck grower feed after that time.

4/27/2008

Dandilions and other weeds are a wonderful treat for ducklings and goslings even before they leave the brooder. Be sure, however, that no pesticides were previously sprayed on the weeds. Sprouted oats also are a favorite treat.

4/20/2008

One must avoid allowing very young ducklings and goslings in particular to run out of drinking water for any length of time. If it does happen, supply warm water and take it away every few minutes so they do not drink too much at once.

4/13/2008

The biggest single cause of loss in growing ducklings and goslings is overcrowding. One must allow for the amazing growth rate of young waterfowl by moving them to larger quarters regularly.

4/06/2008

Candle eggs in the incubator weekly and remove dead embryos. One egg that explodes due to gas buildup within the egg can contaminate every healthy egg in the machine.

3/30/2008

Incubators need to be cleaned weekly and fumigated regularly to keep harmful bacteria in check. 

3/23/2008

Ducks which are kept in cages or in buildings instead of on range need a steady supply of grit for their digestive systems.

3/16/2008

Always take the oportunity to provide fresh greens to your growing young birds. Weeds pulled in the garden such as dandilions are excellent supplements to their diets provided no pesticides have been applied to them.

3/09/2008

Always be sure that the breeder feed you are providing is just that- a breeder feed. Some raisers mistakenly think that a Layena is the same as a breeder feed. It is not. Vital nutrients are missing for the embryo are missing in layer feeds.

3/02/2008

Collecting eggs often during cold months is important. In zero weather, a freshly laid egg can freeze to the point where the embryo is killed in as little as 15 minutes.

2/24/2008

The only goose that may lay an egg daily is the Eygptian which is not a true goose. All others lay on alternate days.

2/17/2008

It is vital to provide oyster shell while birds are producing eggs. What some people do not realize is that providing it at other times can cause organ damage.

2/10/2008

Hatching eggs should not be set with dirt on the shells. Such filth contains bacteria which quickly multiply in the heat and humidity of an incubator.