LIQUID PARAFFIN FOR CHICKS: DOSAGE, USES.
THE ANSWER TO ALL YOUR CHICK PROBLEMS!
Liquid paraffin is indeed the answer to most farmers’ chick raising problems. Chick management requires a lot from the farmer in terms of care. Liquid paraffin makes their work easier. Liquid paraffin cleans the digestive tract of the chicks. This makes the little chicken have an easier time digesting all of their feed. Therefore, the farmer has a happier chick which will relatively require less care and management. Not to say that you should stop caring about your chicks, but liquid paraffin makes your work easier when it comes to caring for feeding your chicks.
Liquid paraffin is a petroleum product that is used mostly as an ingredient to chicken feed amongst farmers. Outside the farming setting, it is used as a hair product. It is important to your chicken because it cleans the digestive tract of the chicks. Then, your chicks will not suffer from things like pasty butt or inappropriate digestive issues.
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WHY IS LIQUID PARAFFIN GIVEN TO DAY-OLD CHICKS?
Chicken naturally eat throughout their existence. Right from the time they are taught how to peck the ground by either their broody hen or artificially, for those who use incubators using your finger. They eat and eat and eat. Even as tiny little chicks, they always find time to peck something. Chicks and chickens have a great appetite, and once their appetite goes slightly low, liquid paraffin can be used to get them back to their normal eating habits. Liquid paraffin even increases their appetite twice the rate. A good appetite will lead to a healthier chicken in the future.
Since these chickens literally eat anything they can find on their feeding troughs or on the ground, sometimes digestion can be trouble for them. As little chicks, their digestive systems are not as developed as a fully grown chicken, so they need some help! For indigenous chicken, it is absolutely rare to find a chick with problems with digestion. However, for those chicks that are kept in a deep litter system and that eat processed feed, giving them liquid paraffin would be a great idea to help them digest all that processed feed.
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3. MORTALITY RATE.
We have seen in the above two points that liquid paraffin aids in chick digestion and increases their appetite. What more could a baby chick want? Liquid paraffin gives a chick the right conditions that will guarantee its survival up to a stage that it is stronger and a bit more immune to common issues affecting chicken. Do not stop giving liquid paraffin abruptly as this will cause shock to your chicks.
After the effective digestion of their feed aided by liquid paraffin, it also aids in egestion. Liquid paraffin is an oil and so, it acts as a lubricant. The rate at which chicks and chicken eat requires that they regularly excrete their waste. Liquid paraffin makes it easier for them! Use liquid paraffin to guarantee optimum health for your chicks so as to be profitable or maintain your baby chicks for those keeping chicks as a hobby.
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HOW TO ADMINISTER LIQUID PARAFFIN IN CHICKS.
When I started out as a beginner farmer, I read a couple of articles on the web about how liquid paraffin is important to day-old chicks and other growing chicks. I thought and confused liquid paraffin for kerosene and fed my first chicks with kerosene. I had no problem with my chicks but the effects would have been slowly discovered if I had continued administering the kerosene to my chicks.
There is a huge difference between the paraffin (kerosene) that is used at home with liquid paraffin. Although both are petroleum products, liquid paraffin is the one that is supposed to be used by farmers on their chicken. Do not make the same rookie mistake that I did!
The best way to administer liquid paraffin is to simply add it to the chick water once a day and keep changing the water after every eight hours.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
Liquid paraffin retails at 100 Kenya shillings per small bottle. The price, of course, will depend on your country and location. You can find it at any local agro vet in your area.
LIQUID PARAFFIN DOSAGE FOR CHICKENS AND CHICKS.
The correct liquid paraffin dosage is the one provided to you by your local agro veterinary. Personally, I give my chicks an average of 4 ml per quart of water. I figured that this was enough because of the amazing rate of growth that I once realized with a batch of chicks that I raised. The results were absolutely stunning! The chicks were stronger, had a better appetite, and did not suffer from the normal chick problems that I used to encounter. Some of the chick issues that I used to suffer from before I started administering a liquid paraffin dosage to my chickens were;
- Pasty butt
- Severe (labored breathing)
- Increased mortality rate
- Low appetite
Am not saying that liquid paraffin magically eliminates these symptoms. There are other factors that must be put in place to ensure the survival of your chicks on your farm. And liquid paraffin acts as a supplement. How does it help?
Liquid paraffin helps chicks by clearing their digestive tract. Chicks are like little toddlers. And at a young age, they do not have a well-developed digestive system. Liquid paraffin aids in the smooth digestion and elimination of waste from chicks or a chicken’s digestive tract. The fact that they also eat throughout, having an easier method of eliminating their waste is an advantage.
FAQ(FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
1. How is liquid paraffin used in chicks?
Liquid paraffin is used specifically in chicken and chick drinking water. In rare cases, it is used on chicken skin to suffocate ectoparasites that may become a menace… but on rare occasions. Liquid paraffin may be administered at least once a day to chicks that are growing. There is no specific age to stop administering the oil to the chicks since the oil is naturally good for the chicks and chicken.
2. Steps to administer liquid paraffin for chicks.
Measure the right amount of the oil and mix it with fresh chicken drinking water. Since liquid paraffin does not mix with the water, it will be easier for the chicks to naturally pick out the oil and water. Once you clean your chicken coop, give your chicks the mixture and keep checking from time to time for spillages.
3. Is liquid paraffin good for chicks?
Liquid paraffin is great for little chicks. It clears the digestive tract of chicks which makes it easier for them to ingest more and more food. Administer the right portions of the oil so as not to poison your chicks. Remember, it is to be used as a supplement.
4. How much liquid paraffin should I give my chicks?
There is no specific amount. So long as you monitor the rate of growth of your chicks and their stool. The regular amount should be 4 millimeters per quart of water. This has proven to bear positive results in the past and I recommend it to you. Before you determine the quantity you need, consider the following;
- The number of chicks you have
- The state of growth of your chicks
- Your chicken breed
- Your feeding schedule
- The state of your chicks stool (pasty butt)
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