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By Miller Hatcheries

Piling, which can affect all types of poultry, is most commonly caused by too low of a brooding temperature, birds getting excessively wet or by sudden and unexpected movements and noises. Birds that are chilled or frightened tend to huddle on top of each other, smothering the birds underneath. Maintain dry litter, adequate watering equipment and proper temperatures, especially during the night.
  • Learn to knock lightly on the door before entering, open the door and enter the pen slowly.
  • Keep doors locked to prevent predators, pets and even small children from entering and frightening the birds.

Power failures may also cause birds to panic when continuous lighting is given. If possible, give at least 1 hour of darkness per 24 hours.