Redbro breed of chickens: description, features of breeding at home
In poultry farms, the last century has been paying special attention to hybrid populations. A prominent representative of hybrids is Redbrough chicken. Its characteristics and conditions of breeding and care will be discussed in the article.
The appearance of the cross is a merit of British breeders, the result of crossing breeds of Cornish and fighting Malay cock. Today, Hubbard, which has branches in France and the United States, is engaged in the industrial development of crosses. Hybrid due to its characteristics is in demand in many poultry farms in the world.
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Today, two subspecies of the hybrid are most popular: Redbro M and Redbro S. Both subspecies have a large physique and attractive appearance.
Except for some differences in color, the appearance of the birds is similar. Consider the breed standard:
|Head||large, brightly colored lobes|
|Crest||pod-shaped or leaf-shaped, red|
|Beak||orange or yellow|
|Wings||tightly pressed to the body|
|Tail||vertical with short plaits and black tail feathers|
|Paws||tall and strong, yellow skin|
|Plumage and color||brown with yellow (m) or red (s), feather structure is dense with thick down|
Important! Before the start of the first molt, Redbro's claws do not differ from domestic quotes, therefore it is better to buy young animals in specialized factories.
A calm temperament allows you to keep crosses along with other breeds. These birds are active, mobile, love to walk. They are happy to graze on a walking patio and are not whimsical to food. They recognize the owner, do not show aggression towards the owner and do not show each other.
Advantages and disadvantages
The breed is popular not only because of productive qualities, there are several more advantages:
- resistance to cold;
- good immunity;
- rapid growth and weight gain;
- livable character;
- high survival of chicks;
- unpretentiousness to conditions and forages.
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The disadvantages include only slow puberty and the need for specialized food for laying hens in order to improve egg production.
They contain cross in ordinary houses, previously whitening the room with lime and disinfecting from parasites and pathogens.
Redbros love a spacious room, while perfectly adapting to changing temperatures. In general, the conditions of detention are as follows:
- area - two dozen birds ten square meters, height about two meters;
- perches - pole thickness up to 7 cm;
- nest - height 30 cm, depth 35–40 cm;
- litter - hay, sawdust, straw, thickness up to 15 cm;
- temperature - from 2 degrees in the winter, to 27 degrees in the summer;
- humidity is moderate;
- ventilation - required, you can make vents, but not to allow a draft;
- cleanliness - once a week cleaning and litter replacement, disinfection.
Important! It is not recommended to arrange high perches, since the small wings of the birds will not be able to restrain a fall from a height, which is fraught with injuries to the limbs.
Patio for walks
Crosses need walks, if they are deprived of activity, the quality of meat, egg production will deteriorate. Without walking on the street, the birds will die, they will not be able to diversify their diet with insects and fresh herbs. Walking yard should be fenced on the sides and top with a mesh for safety from predators. Tanks with water and grain should be put on the pasture territory.
Shedding and egg laying break
Chickens are molted every year, usually at the end of autumn. Egg production during this period falls, as all health resources go to restore plumage. However, in the breed, this stage passes rather quickly. The only thing to consider is a decrease in the body's defenses. During this period, you need to carefully monitor the health of pets, cleanliness in the chicken coop and diet.
Feeding troughs, drinking bowls, zone baths
Feeding troughs and drinking bowls are usually placed away from nests with laying hens, so as not to distract them. The material for bird dishes can be anything: wood, plastic, the main condition is the absence of toxic components. For a large herd, a nipple version of drinking bowls will be more convenient: their birds will not be able to turn over, the process of drinking will be simplified. In nature, birds get rid of cutaneous parasites by bathing in dust or sand, so a prerequisite is the presence of a trough with ash.
What to feed
For high productivity, it is preferable to feed the herd with balanced compound feeds. But if this option is unacceptable for the farmer, you need to adjust the diet yourself.
On the first day after birth, the chicks are fed a boiled egg and curd. Until two weeks of age, extremely soft foods are present in the diet: steamed or boiled grain, semolina, fermented milk products. Greens and healthy supplements are given to chickens from the fifth day after birth.
Redbro is a highly productive representative of meat and egg production. The maintenance of chickens does not require special expenses and efforts, has a high immune defense against diseases. The ability of the offspring to survive allows you to maintain and renew the existing herd in the right amount.
An important condition for the health of birds is the addition of vitamin and mineral supplements to feed, such as calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B, A, C. The following foods are included in the bird diet:
- grain - wheat, barley, corn;
- meal and cake;
- mixers on whey, meat and fish broth;
- fresh greens;
- meat and bone or fish meal;
- shell rock, chalk;
- dairy products;
- vegetables - pumpkin, zucchini, potatoes;
- fodder yeast.
An adult from six months old needs up to 350 grams of feed per day.