SEGMENT: WILD ANIMALS

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SEGMENT: WILD ANIMALS,

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PHEASANTS
ANIMAL CARE
Baby chicks are kept in brooders after leaving the hatchery. Brooders are kept warm because the chicks cannot maintain their own body temperature. There are over 2000 chicks in a brooder. They stay in there for about two weeks before moving to the next cycle..
FEED
Chicks food is called a crumble. It is made of soybeans, crack corn, essential amino acids, vitamin mix, dicalcium phosphate and this is all mixed, pelleted and then crumbled. In the wild they'd be eating insects. They need a high protein food.
DISEASE
No disease problems. Very cautious of brinigng birds on the farm. Once a bird leaves, can't come back. No outside birds or chicks are brought onto the farm. Vaccinate through the feed for cocciidia. All poultry farmers concerned for coccidia. Blood test the entire breeder hens every year. They look out for avian influenza though they're not really at risk. By not exposing ot outside birds they stop other diseases from being exposed to the birds.