CHARLIE’S TOP TIPS FOR RELEASING YOUR BIRDS
1. GET ORGANISED Get a team of people together and allocate everyone a job to do so you end up with a conveyor belt system. Reducing the time that the birds are either penned in or being handled reduces stress on the birds.
2. THE EARLY BIRD Release birds early in the day to give them time to adjust to their surroundings and find the feed and water rides before roost. Also, releasing early means neither you nor your birds end up with heatstroke.
3. FEEDING Feeders and drinkers should be positioned in clear rides so they are easy to find. Continue to feed the same as what the birds have been reared on – now is not the time to switch rations.
4. SAFE WATER Open water drinkers spread disease, even if you empty them every day so use an acidifier in the water. Position grids under drinkers to keep birds off the ground and out of the disease hotspots.
5. SCOPE OUT THE SURROUNDINGS Spend the first night in the wood around the pen from dusk to keep an eye on predators and to check where the birds come down from roost, especially if you haven’t clipped their wings.