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Blue Star offers pullets and hens for sale that are in the prime of health. If your coop is brand new and you put healthy chickens into a "sterile" coop there is a possibility that your chickens immunity from diseases may be reduced. Our chickens are used to the balance of aged and old farm compost in the coops and runs. Our poultry is of sound and healthy stock due to the healthy living conditions that our chickens are exposed to each and every day.
Simply pour aged dry compost into your coop add warm water and cover it with fresh grass to begin building a healthy bacterial growth for your coop. Your chickens will be healthier.
Along with a safe and predator proof coop, a healthy diet of bugs, grasses and grains, fresh water and occasional worming too, your chickens need bacteria to grow and prosper.
If you do not offer old compost from an aged chicken coop, there is not a healthy balance of bacteria in which to balance the overall health in your chickens coop.
A Healthy Coop Is Balanced With "Good" Bacteria
Here is an example of how balanced bacteria works. Lets say you go to the pet store to purchase new fish. Do you add your new fish to "new clean sterile water?" No you don't. why not? because your fish need a PH balance of "good and bad bacteria" for a healthy life. Most aquarium setups require "a percentage of "dirty fishwater" or "fish waste water" to get the proper balance of bacteria started for new fish. The same is true in any chicken coop.
Please consult with us to clean your coop correctly for healthy chickens and coop.
We are 100% TEQC (Texas Environmential Quality Control) compliant and have no odor in our coops.
A healthy and balanced chicken coop needs of course to be cleaned but a healthy coop also needs both "good and bad" bacteria for a balance. Cleaning your coop is important. But more important is HOW you clean your chicken coop.
IMPORTANT: Most people clean their coop the WRONG WAY, This can harm your chickens or make them seriously ill. Blue Star Ranch uses tried and proven commercial methods to reduce dander, dust and waste while cleaning our coops... using a rake to remove bedding and replace with fresh bedding is the WORST thing you can do!
IMPORTANT CLEANING TIPS:
Its best to NOT clean your coop totally more than once every six months for adult chickens to keep a proper balance of bacteria for older established poultry. (EXCEPT UNDER THE ROOSTS OR DIRTY AREAS- THESE AREAS SHOULD BE CLEANED REGULARLY))
IMPORTANT However, if you are moving young chickens from one pen to the other and changing to new pens, for all ages poultry be sure to remove all chickens to another location (so that they won't be around any dust) and remove ALL loose bedding, damp bedding and let coop dry out. At that point be SURE to spray with an approved farm cleanser ( I STRONGLY recommend using only Chrisal's Probiotics)and if possible let pen sit dormant (empty with no chickens) at least 2 weeks before adding more chicks. Chicks and chickens can get stressed out when changing pens and MG is the result. Waiting two weeks is long enough to kill the bacteria associated with MG.
Wear hospital or disposable slippers or cleaned sandles, or use a probiotics spray on your shoes when entering different pens to care for chickens.