Gamefowls on Rainy Season
Rainy season is about to come, thou maybe a bit late due to the changing climate. In the tropical region of the world, heavy rainfall is normally experienced. And this heavy rainfall can have a great effect on gamefowls.
Even bombarded by typhoons for almost two weeks, farms with good environment and with good health management, won’t have any serious problem at all. Rain is not an actual problem and not as hard to deal with compared to the hot summer season. For those having adversities with rainy season, it maybe the time to review the health program and farm environment.
One of the problem with rainy season, is the excessive moisture in the surrounding. If the ground is mostly moist, pathogens are activated and more likely propagate. As a moist environment is ideal for most pathogens.
It would be better if you give some scheduled bacterial flushing every 3 weeks, different antibiotic family per application. This would be an added defense for the pathogens and some antibiotic really do promote growth.
Infectious Coryza, Fowl Cholera, Fowl Typhoid and E. coli may be experienced a few times for a well managed farm and will be pretty common for farms with poor farm management and health program. It is now the time to review of the symptoms for these diseases. Have the medication ready for an early treatment as soon as signs and symptoms are observed.
Molds are now appearing on the feed left overs on the ground. Most of these molds are toxic to chickens. Avoid giving feeds more than can be consumed.
This is why the farm must be cleaned, specially in this season. As the droppings is accumulated in the area, if not cleaned, the pathogens will multiply. And as the pathogens multiply and transmitted to the gamefowls, infections now start to occur.
If you are not cleaning the feces in the farm. You must spray beneficial microorganisms around. The good bacteria now coinfect the surrounding and by outcompeting the bad ones, the pathogens (bad bacteria) in result is deactivated. You can spray twice a week and everytime rain do occur. See on beneficial micrioorganisms for more.
Though mentioned rainy season is not really a problem, for young off-season chicks continuos drafty weather is one contributor of problems for the batch. Chicks can’t create body heat to raise its body temperature when it rains, specially in heavy ones. And because they don’t developed their feathers completely, they are prone for being wet. So if you still ranging in this season, like the said offseason production, give a well covered facility that the chicks can go to, minimizing draft on this season.
And now most adult gamefowls starts to molt, they are now prone for getting wet for as long as the rain occur. And if the gamefowls resistance and immune system is not enough to handle this, illnesses will now come in. But if the resistance and immune system is in good status, the gamefowls would be OK. So better if add some assurance to the diet that the gamefowls are getting a good nutrition to avoid problems. We use OHN as an immune boosters that really helps on this season.
For the to-be-foughts gamecocks, avoid them to get wet specially for longer period, and for the last 3 days before they are fought. On this last 3 days mange draft on the cockhouse as the chickens might likely to get damp and eventually this moisture gets sucked in internally making the gamecocks sluggish and likely to bleed more. Truely moist feathers on fight time really affect the gamefowls performance.
Also this is the time to replace the short poles. When in rainy season, poles are likely to be pulled out resulting to accidental fighting of gamecocks because the ground turn loose due to the wetness of the ground.
The role of the whole farm environment
And finally sudden change of weather is associated with illness. Imagine when it was raining for some time and a sudden warm sunny day comes or the opposite. This sudden change gives lots of problems and will result to illnesses and if not managed pretty well could give a major drop of gamefowl quality. And how much more if your farm do not have enough trees around?
Avoid raising gamefowls on dampy area. Sandy loam soil is the best for gamefowls. Create drainage for the whole farm so the water subsides easily. Carpet the farm with grass for many no-brainer reasons.
Remember the key is still in the health program and the whole management of the farm. A good health program with a good management in a good environment gives a good nutrition and good immune system, and in turn a good higher performance.
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