First chicks of the year

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Received the first shipment of chicks on monday. Got them settled in with a non-medicated starter ration and water. They actually received a live virus coccidiosis vaccine prior to being shipped which precludes giving them any medication. The vaccine was administered by sending the chicks through a spray cabinet which doses the chicks with the vaccine mixed with a dye. The dye encourages preening behaviour which results in the chicks ingesting the vaccine.

Posted on May 5th 2012 in Farming