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Tips for Light Breeds

By Miller Hatcheries

When mixing light and heavy breeds, it is almost a must that the light breeds [Leghorns] be beak trimmed as the heavy breeds are slower feathering and this causes the light breeds to pick on them.

Contrary to popular belief, feather picking is not caused by a lack of any particular type of mineral within their diet; it is purely an environmental problems - such as too much light, too much heat - too crowded or too much room.

It is very important that your birds feel comfortable.

  • It is not recommended to have large window exposed to the south as excessive light is a major factor causing cannibalism within your flock.
  • Never use white lights for lighting during the brooding period.