In recent years, the domestic chickens of the Master Gray breed are very popular with domestic poultry farmers. These birds are excellent for both production breeding and on home plots. The breed was bred by breeders of the Hungarian poultry company Hubbadr. Today its branches are represented in France and the USA. Chickens of this meat and egg breed have the following important characteristics:
- undemanding to care.
- unpretentious to food.
- copes with different temperature conditions.
- resistant to diseases.
Breed possesses magnificent appearance with magnificent white plumage and the impregnation of gray color, especially pronounced on the tip of the wings and tail, and also standing out in the neck area. The bird is characterized by large size, tall and long body.
An adult chicken reaches 4 kilograms in weight, and a rooster up to 6 kilograms. Given the massiveness of these hybrids, they have strong medium-length legs and well-developed musculature of the body. Against the background of chaotic alternation of white and gray feathers, bright red or scarlet earrings and a small comb stand out clearly. Chickens Master Gray already in the first day have a light yellow color with a dark spot on the top and a dark edging on the wings.
Cross Master Gray is an excellent livestock in both the meat direction and the egg. Already at six months of age, a hen can weigh up to 3.5 kilograms, and a cockerel - 6 kilograms or more. This breed has the peculiarity of rapid weight gain when using conventional feed. A two-month-old chicken has a weight of more than 2 kilograms.
Individuals contained in the cells have a greater body weight compared with free-range chickens. Poultry meat is very tender and non-greasy, has excellent taste. Thanks to the dietary and beneficial properties of chicken breast, great for baby food.
It should be noted the high productivity of egg production. Already from 3.5-4 months of age, chickens begin to trot. For the annual period, the hen produces more than 200 eggs of brown color, the average weight of which is 65 grams.
Laying birds are great for hatching eggs of other types of chickens. But to display their own offspring for hybrids are not recommended, because you can lose the main characteristics of the breed. The survival rate of the chickens of these crosses is about 98%.
This breed is distinguished by its unpretentious care. Birds are kept in cages, aviaries, poultry houses, chicken coops. For young stock, starter feed is excellent with the addition of clover, nettle, and vegetable crops. Adults are unpretentious eating. Be sure they must have water in free access. It is recommended to improve the digestion of the presence of coarse sand or small pebbles. For a good development of the skeletal system and for the density of egg shells, foods rich in protein and calcium are added to feed (milk return, crushed chalk, crushed shells), and a mineral-vitamin complex is also introduced. It is necessary to arrange bathtubs with a ash-sand mixture in bird’s habitats as a means of prevention from parasites.
It should be noted features of the development of chickens. At first they grow upwards and already only at the age of six weeks they begin to gain muscle mass intensively and take on the appearance of an adult. For their feeding, crushed grain with fresh green nettle, alfalfa, clover, chopped carrots, pumpkin, beets, low-fat cottage cheese, waste products of lactic acid products are perfect. It is recommended to add yeast feed. As a protein feed used earthworms, meat waste. From 4 days of age, you must enter mineral supplements.
Chickens are well tolerated lowering the temperature, so with a sufficiently insulated house, there is no need for additional heating. They feel great in the hot season. But should control the availability of drafts. It is recommended to make a floor covering of a thick layer of straw, shavings, which will create additional heat even in very cold season and will have a positive effect on the quantity of egg productivity.
For the favorable growth and development of Master Gray breed crosses, the following rules should be followed:
- The poultry housing should have good air circulation, but without drafts.
- It is necessary to carry out daily cleaning, observing sanitary and hygienic conditions.
- The poultry housing should have insulation for the winter period in the absence of additional sources of heating, which will contribute to year-round egg production.
- Placement of individuals should be no more than 20 per 10 square meters, given their large size.
- Be sure the presence of baths with the ash-sand mixtures to combat parasites (chicken lice).
- It is necessary to properly equip roost and nests. The perch should be located at a height of no more than 90 centimeters, in order to avoid a broken leg in chickens when falling. The size of the nest should take into account the large dimensions of the hybrids - at least 35 centimeters wide, about 40 centimeters long.
The breed is well adapted for breeding in the garden plots and is perfect for the novice farmer.
Externally, the representatives of such a breed are quite beautiful and will effectively stand out from the rest of the inhabitants of the household farmstead. The plumage is dark gray with chaotic splashes of white. The term "shell" is best suited to this color. The body is large, strong, muscles are well developed. Massive, medium length legs. Scallop and earrings bright scarlet.
Breed master gray rather can be attributed to the crosses, as it is a hybrid. Bred in Hungary at one of the experienced divisions of the company Hubbadr, which is still engaged in its breeding. Two subspecies of the breed are widespread:
- Master Gray M - from crossing gray cockerels with Redbro M hens,
- Master Gray S - from mating with female Redbro S.
Due to its characteristics, the master gray chickens won the first recognition in France, so many poultry farmers mistakenly believe that the crosses were bred in this country.
Advantages of Crosses
Chickens master gray, the description of which allows them to distinguish among other breeds, for the household - just a godsend.
- About 300 large eggs give each year (65-70 grams). Scratch starts from 4 months of age.
- The weight of an adult chicken is about 3 kg, of a rooster up to 7 kg. A set of muscle mass is active.
- The bird is calm, lively, lives peacefully with the inhabitants of the monastery.
- Females are great hens. Farmers often use them to hatch eggs of other breeds.
- Cross meat is lean, characterized by high taste.
Farmers prefer this breed due to the high rate of survival of chickens - 98%.
Very similar in constitution to the master gray chickens redbrough (or foxy chic) - almost the same line of the parent breed, only with fiery-red coloring. Bird meatyachy direction, productivity indicators are high. In the opinion of some breeders, the hens of the red bro are even somewhat larger and carry better. Roosters in 6 months weigh 7 kg, the egg production rate of chickens is 300 eggs per year.
Conditions of detention
Chickens master gray (the description of the breed is given in the article) are adapted for outdoor and cellular housing. If a bird is raised for the purpose of obtaining meat, the cellular content is much more profitable, since it is 1 square meter. meters of chickens fit more than the floor.
The content of the chicken is unpretentious, so the farmer has no problems with them. The main thing is to provide a dry, warm room, equipped with good ventilation and equipped with perches and nests. In order for the chickens to fly well in winter, you should think about additional sources of heat. From the most bitter cold, the floor-laying can be partially saved, for which straw, shavings, sawdust are used, poured on the floor in a thick layer. The temperature in the chicken coop, even on the coldest days, should not fall below 10 o C. If the chicken stops rushing at the end of summer - early autumn, this may indicate a shedding process, during which the body works on growing feathers and winter fluff in anticipation of the cold season. .
Since the bird is large, it should allocate an area of 10 square meters. meters on 20 individuals. The remaining conditions are similar to the content of ordinary breeds.
Preparing a chicken coop
Before settling chickens for permanent residence in the house, the latter must be carefully prepared: bring cleanliness in it, whiten, disinfect. This is required to prevent disease. Chickens master gray are characterized by good immunity, but still need to hedge.
For disinfection is recommended to use one of the solutions:
- 2% solution of acoustic soda,
- 5% solution of xylonaph or creolin,
- 3% formalin solution.
Whitewashing should be done with a 20% lime solution. The room is closed for 10-12 hours, after which you can air out. Then use for its intended purpose, that is, to inhabit the birds.
An important factor in the proper care of the hens is feeding. The breed of chickens Master Gray, reviews of which from the farmers have a positive character, is content with the usual, balanced composition of food. There is no special need for any additional supplements if the breeder does not have the goal of raising chickens as broilers (only for meat).
The following components should be included in the daily ration of the bird:
- grain (wheat, corn),
- greens, including young nettle,
- vegetables (carrots, beets, pumpkins, etc.),
- fish flour,
- crushed coquina, crushed eggshell, chalk. These supplements are rich in calcium, increase egg production, have a positive effect on the digestive system, improve the taste of meat.
Adult chickens need to be fed several times a day. In the morning and in the evening - dry food (grain). In the afternoon - wet mash and greens. A classic feeding product is ready-made feed, which has all the components necessary for rapid growth and full development.
Well, if the place for walking has areas with greenery, so that the bird can be fed with fresh grass and look for bugs in the land.
Be sure to always have clean, fresh water, as well as fine gravel or coarse sand - to improve digestion. Protection against diseases, especially of the louse (tick), can be ensured by the presence of sand-ash baths. These components create a protective layer on the feathers and body of the bird, which is destructive for parasites. It is possible to place such structure indoors or on a platform under a canopy on the platform for walking. A wooden box with a size of approximately 1x1 meter will be suitable as a mixture tank. It can be hung at a height of 20-25 cm or installed on the floor.
Equally required to mix wood ash with fine, sieved sand, you can add sulfur powder: 200 grams per bucket of the mixture. Bath should be replenished as the composition decreases, as the birds in the process of "bathing" scatter the contents.
Chickens under the age of 4 weeks should be provided with enhanced protein nutrition, give millet, chopped boiled eggs in combination with green onions. As a top-dressing for young stock, it is recommended to use fresh curd, ready buckwheat porridge. When raising young birds with starter feed intended for broilers, weight gain will occur at an accelerated rate, but the chicken will not fly. One and a half chickens can already be given ground grain in the form of a wet mash.
Chickens should always be fed, so it is best to feed more of the food and provide free access to it. With properly organized feeding, the youngsters will actively gain weight. First, chickens grow in height. Upon reaching the size of an adult individual, an increase in width begins. Already by 2 months the weight of young birds will be slightly more than 2 kg.
The original or a fake?
The master gray breed is not clean, so it is not possible to bring it out at home. Hatching eggs or chickens are best purchased at specialized farms that own the breeding equipment of the described breed. On small farms, there may be serious discrepancies with the original, and instead of a promising meat carcass, it is easy to become the owner of a lean creature, unable to even carry 100 eggs a year. It is possible to distinguish a fake from the original after the first molt or for 2 months, when the bird will not recruit everything as it should be. Master gray daily chickens are characterized by a light yellow, almost white color, dark tips of the wings and a gray spot on the crown.
When buying an original, the master gray breed will delight not only with a spectacular decorative appearance, but also with high productivity indicators.
What do poultry farmers say about the master gray chickens breed? According to the owners, these birds are a real decoration of the yard. Their good-natured and calm disposition, as well as their gullibility, bribe breeders. There are discrepancies in the issue of egg production: 300 eggs a year declared by the breeders actually turn into 200. This is a normal indicator, especially since the egg is large, with a strong shell. Yes, and we are talking about home growing. It is possible that in conditions of specialized farms the master gray hens justify the stated characteristics. But the main task of breeders on the breeding of the optimal breed for home cultivation is completed. Unpretentious and durable master gray chickens received positive feedback from breeders. At the private farmstead, they compare favorably with ordinary breeds, although they are contained in conditions similar to them.
Keeping poultry at home can sometimes give unpleasant surprises: master gray chickens can get sick. External signs indicating a sickness of the birds are:
- lethargic condition
- pale earrings and a comb,
- growth retardation in chicks,
- reduced egg production.
A thorough examination of the bird, feathers, legs, wings, comb should be carried out. The cause of disease in master gray chickens can be parasites. In particular, several varieties of ticks. In addition to the fact that these insects suck out life from a bird (generally speaking), they are also carriers of dangerous infections. Late detection is fraught with the death of a chicken.
The treatment is:
- treatment of poultry with special preparations
- disinfection of premises, nests, bedding, feeders,
- replace litter.
They are? Behind such a huge mass of excellent characteristics the master gray breed seems ideal. But there must be flaws.
According to reviews of poultry farmers, the minus of the breed is perhaps the impossibility to independently breed such unique chickens. The offspring of the crosses quickly degenerates, thus the whole meaning of its cultivation is lost: the master gray adopts the characteristics of one of the parent breeds, gradually turns into ordinary domestic chickens and, accordingly, loses the qualities laid down by the breeders. Therefore, in an effort to breed this particular breed, breeders are encouraged to buy young or an incubator egg.
Performance characteristics of master gray chickens
The bird begins to be born at the age of 4 months, about 300 cream-brown eggs fall each year. The young chicken carries small eggs, but they quickly grow up. Their weight is 65-90 grams (on average - 75), the amount is 3 pieces in 2 days.
Attention! The highest egg production rates are observed only in the first year. Then the number of eggs gradually decreases to about 200.
Master Gray has a good appetite and quickly gains weight.
Table. Weight gain depending on the age of the bird.
Important! In a cage on one unit of area there are more chickens than on the floor - the meat indicator will be higher in the first case.
Advantages and disadvantages of the breed
Master Gray is considered one of the best hybrids for home content. Chickens have enough advantages:
- excellent quality and taste of dietary meat,
- low fat percentage
- survival rate of 98-100%
- fast growth,
- speed gaining muscle, not fat mass,
- increased egg production
- large egg size
- resistance to most chicken diseases,
- the absence of a pronounced negative reaction to temperature drops,
- no special conditions are needed in the hen house and in the pasture.
Keeping these birds is no more difficult than regular chickens.
It is interesting! Hybrids adapt well to almost any conditions - their content is the same as that of ordinary chickens. The main difference between them is in size.
An additional "bonus" of hybrids of this species is an easygoing and calm character. The tame bird is not shy, it takes great care of the offspring (both its own and the other’s - the hen is often used to hatch eggs of other breeds). Conflicts in the adult “family” of birds Master Gray are practically excluded, but sometimes the young can behave aggressively.
There are several disadvantages:
- Кроссы. Потомство Мастер грей не наследует всех свойств гибрида.
- Снижение яйценоскости со 2 года. «Продуктивность» кур падает на 30-40%.
- Noise. Петухи могут петь с 3 часа утра до рассвета – ставить курятник рекомендуется подальше от дома.
- Increased activity of roosters. Sometimes it is required to set aside roosters in a separate enclosure.
- Increased feed consumption. This is a feature of all such breeds, but the advantages of the hybrid far outweigh this disadvantage.
By growth rate, the comparison with broilers is not in favor of Master Gray. Cross grows slower. But it is worth remembering that the hybrid is not exclusively meat, so slow weight gain is not considered a disadvantage. Carcasses are like broilers.
At first chickens grow upwards, the increase in “width” starts from 5-6 months. Gradually, the young individuals “catch up” with adults, the chickens remain more squat, the roosters - higher.
Chickens are easily recognizable by their tender color.
It is necessary to select chickens with certain qualities:
- without umbilical cord residue,
- with wings pressed to the body,
- with a clean back part.
Important! Getting the breed at home is a very difficult process, the manufacturer does not disclose from which breeds the hybrid was obtained. It is recommended to purchase eggs and chicks from a trusted breeder. The best age for buying chicks is 7-10 days.
Features fattening breed
To feed the hybrid does not require special supplements, but it is important to monitor the balance of the diet. The better organized the nutrition of the bird, the higher its immunity and egg production. Birds that eat right, quickly gaining muscle mass.
What should always be chickens:
- fresh water,
- fine gravel, sand (to improve digestion).
Important! Before the age of 4 weeks, chickens should eat greens and plenty of protein (minced meat, grated or very finely chopped eggs). If you feed the birds with feed for broilers, they will gain mass faster, but they will not start rushing.
Proper nutrition is necessary from the first days, without all the necessary components, the body of the chicken will be painful and weak. You can start fattening from 5-6 times a day, gradually reducing to 3.
How to feed chickens:
From 2 weeks are added:
From 6 weeks in the ration they inject the ground grain of barley and wheat.
Young animals grow rapidly with abundant nutrition.
Additional nutrition in the phase of rapid growth:
Chickens start to be born from 4-4.5 months. Since the beginning of this period, it is important to fully feed the birds with calcium.
During active growth, the cost of feeding will increase. In a certain period, for 1.5 kg of feed, the bird will add 1 kg of weight, the maximum value can reach 2.3 kg.
Important! In no case can birds be starved - they can start to seriously lag behind in development. Chickens should freely approach the feeder, which should always be food.
What an adult should eat:
- chopped greens,
- fish meal flour,
- natural sources of calcium.
Chickens should be fed from 3 to 5 times a day. In the mornings and evenings dry food (cereals) is preferred, in the afternoon - mash and greens. During walking birds additionally eat insects, worms and greens.
Attention! Calorie oversupply has a negative effect on chicken egg production. Fat chickens need to provide physical activity and diet.
Feeding is the same as that of regular chickens.
The main plus feed - the necessary amount of vitamins needed by the body of a bird. Special mixes for laying hens will not harm the economy of the farm - Master Gray's meat and eggs will allow you to recoup all expenses and bring considerable profit.
It is interesting! In the nettle there are a lot of vitamins that birds need - it can be crushed and added to the diet of chickens.
What is useful nettle for chickens?
At home, to establish the reproduction of the breed is almost impossible. Master Gray is a heterotic breed, therefore chicks do not inherit maternal properties. Cross "splits" on the original rocks. Replenishing livestock is recommended only through the purchase of eggs and chicks from trusted breeders.
Buying Master Gray, it is easy to make a mistake and get either a small bird or a chicken with low egg production. Watching the development of birds, you can recognize the substitution - they will not be the right pace to gain muscle mass. You can finally determine how successful your purchase is, only after the first molt is completed.
Reviews of owners of master Gray breed positive chickens - birds are enlarged at the declared speed, do not cause problems in keeping, carry a lot of large eggs in a solid shell. Their meat is tasty and tender, it smells good, and at the same time it is dense and without excess fat - Breast Master Gray is considered ideal for baby food.
There are no negative reviews about Master Gray - the chickens are perfectly adapted to the content in private households, have a good character, and do not need any special food. The content of this hybrid is a pleasant activity that can bring a large income due to the large amount of meat and eggs, so the owners of chickens of this breed definitely recommend their purchase.
The origin of the breed
Regarding the origin of the breed of chickens, master gray is still under active debate. According to one version, these hens are home to Hungary. Other sources claim that the authors of the breed are breeders from France.
At present, the breed breeding championship is owned by Hubbadr, which has branches in France and the United States and has been working on breeding new breeds for about a hundred years. Cross Master Gray was introduced by this company 20 years ago.
Later, the company bred two more subspecies of the breed: Master Gray M and Master Gray S.
Description and characteristics of the breed with photos
Chickens of master gray breed can not boast of a special decorative appearance, but their impressive size and graceful figure immediately attract attention.
The plumage in hens of gray-white color: the alternation of white and gray stripes creates a peculiar pattern on the body. The edge of the tail and wings painted in dark colors. A necklace of dark gray color is also located around the neck.
Breed master gray has the following characteristics:
- The body of the hens is rounded, with lush, bulging breasts and tummy. The body of the rooster is more elongated, with a less rounded chest and a tucked up belly.
- The neck is of medium length in hens, and elongated in the cock.
- The head is small in both sexes. The face is red, densely feathered.
- Erect comb, bright red.
- Earrings are round, medium size, the cock is wider.
- Paws are powerful, muscular.
- The weight of chickens is about 4 kilograms, for roosters - 6-6.5 kilograms.
The nature of the chickens master Gray calm and livable. Roosters rarely fights. Birds feel great surrounded by other breeds and even birds of a different species. Chickens master gray are not shy, calmly reacting to a change of environment and host. Their productivity does not spoil any stress.
Characteristics of productivity and egg production
The rapid onset of sexual maturity is one of the clear advantages of the Master Gray breed. These chickens quickly gain weight, so it is very beneficial in breeding for meat. Already in 2 months youngsters weigh 2-2.5 kilograms. And cockerels gain weight faster, about a kilogram every month. Some roosters grow to 7 kilograms!The rapid onset of sexual maturity is one of the clear advantages of the Master Gray breed.
Chickens grow more slowly and reach a mass of 3.5-4 kilograms by half a year. But from the age of four months, the youngsters start laying eggs. A hen during the year lays about 300 eggs weighing 60 - 75 grams. The laying of eggs is intense for 8 months after the onset of puberty, then, due to the onset of molt, it stops for several weeks.
The productive period of hens of this breed is short. Already in the second year after maturity, the number of eggs decreases by 30-40%, therefore it is necessary to replace the herd.
Necessary conditions of maintenance and care
There is no need to create special conditions for the maintenance of the Master Gray chickens - it is enough to build a clean, warm and dry chicken coop for them with the standard equipment inside. The breed can also be grown in cages where birds gain weight faster.
Reference. Cellular content allows you to place almost twice as many individuals of master gray chickens in a small space than with floor-keeping in a chicken coop.
Chickens master gray feel great at temperatures ranging from plus 2 to plus 30 degrees.Chickens Master Gray can be grown as a floor method, and in cells.
A chicken coop for them does not need to be supplied with heating, just enough to make a litter of straw, sawdust, peat on the floor. To prevent excessive moisture, a layer of lime is added to the bedding.
To preserve the optimum moisture content in the hen house, it is necessary to provide for the possibility of airing, but without drafts. High humidity can lead to infection of poultry infectious diseases, and drafts provoke a cold.
To accommodate 20 chickens, the master gray requires at least 10 square meters, given the large size of the bird. Inside the chicken coop, roosts are made at a height of 50-60 centimeters of sufficient width and with a ladder to climb them. The width of perches for perches should be sufficient so that heavy chickens do not fall from them.
Nests are located at a height of 40-50 centimeters, for access to build ladders. The size of the nest is 40 by 40 centimeters, no less. Feeding troughs, drinkers and tanks with a mixture of sand and ash for bathing birds are also required.Perches for chickens make at a height of 50-60 centimeters.
In order to organize walks, the birds in the hen house make manholes, which are covered at night with shields or special doors. To fly over the fences of the chickens master gray do not aspire, therefore, a regular yard in a country house without a special aviary will be suitable for walks. In winter, at temperatures below minus 5 degrees, it is not recommended to let the chickens outside.
The diet of chickens Master Gray
This breed is not demanding on the diet: it is enough to ensure its balance. In the diet include cereal mixtures, animal feed, vegetables, herbs and waste from the host table. A good result is given by mash vegetables (pumpkins, carrots, zucchini, potatoes, beets) with the addition of grain mixtures (wheat, oats, barley, millet, corn).
The total volume of feed for chickens of this breed is 1.5 kilograms per kilogram of the potential increase in the weight of each layer. Adult chickens are fed 3 times in the winter and 2 times in the summer (subject to free range). With cellular content, the number of feedings in the summer is not reduced.Chickens Master Gray is not demanding on the diet.
To increase the nutritional value of the feed, vitamin and mineral supplements and special premixes are added to it. Useful bird supplements in the form of fish and meat-bone meal. To improve digestion, fine gravel and sand are poured into individual containers. Shells of eggs, chalk, and shell rock are useful as a source of calcium to layers.
Important. To get a tasty dietary meat to feed the Master Gray chickens you need high protein food. It is recommended to minimize the content of corn in the diet, otherwise the meat will be too fat. Fat layers must be put on a diet in time, otherwise they will stop carrying eggs.
One of the main conditions for the successful breeding and preservation of chickens is proper feeding. The rapid growth of poultry requires high levels of protein and minerals in the feed. If there are not enough of them in the diet, the chickens will begin developmental pathologies. The menu of chickens in the first 5 days consists of boiled eggs and corn porridge. The frequency of feeding in this period - every 2 hours.
Gradually, the diet of chickens is supplemented with cottage cheese, chopped greens, vegetables, and finely ground grain. The frequency of feeding is gradually reduced and adjusted to the age of one and a half to 3-4 times.One of the main conditions for the successful breeding and preservation of chickens is proper feeding.
At 1.5-2 months, the youngsters are transferred to an adult diet, pre-accusing chicks to coarse grain.
The benefits of master gray chickens
Breed Master Gray has gained popularity due to the following positive qualities:
- High survival rate of young animals and adults.
- Undemanding conditions of detention.
- Calm nature. If you compare this breed with other meat-and-egg, for example, with Kuchinsky chickens, Master Gray is just perfect. They are friendly to each other, the owner and other birds.
- High egg production rates.
- Attractive appearance.
One of the main advantages of the master gray breed is their large body mass. Compared to broilers, weight gain is slower. But at the same time the master gray meat is less fat, very juicy and tender.
An important advantage in comparison with broilers - less exactingness to the composition of the feed. Deviations in the correct diet of broilers lead to a slowdown in their growth, and sometimes to death. For chickens master gray such a problem does not exist. They are designed for breeding at private farms and demonstrate rapid growth and survival with any food composition.One of the advantages of the breed - quick weight gain.
Less rapid weight gain, compared to broilers, is sometimes positioned as a lack of breed. But it is more than compensated by good egg production, which broilers cannot boast.
Prevention of possible diseases
Breeders who bred this hybrid, put a lot of effort to instill in the bird resistance to many diseases characteristic of chickens. Master gray chickens are ill very rarely, but you should not forget about preventing infections with various infections.
Chickens need traditional vaccination for incurable diseases. Also important are measures to maintain cleanliness in the hen house, the treatment of poultry from worms and skin parasites. For disinfection of the coop, solutions of creolin (3-5%), caustic soda (2%), formalin (3%) are used.
If among birds there are individuals that eat little, grow bald, diarrhea, it is necessary to examine them. Often the cause of the development of the disease are parasites. Their reproduction on the skin or in the intestines of the bird leads to its death. The most dangerous for chickens are red chicken mite, puropoedy, knemidokoptoz.Chickens Master Gray rarely get sick.
Owner reviews about the breed master gray
Liza. She used to keep broilers for meat, then her friend advised Master Gray to start chickens. Let me say for sure, these chickens are much more profitable than broilers. The weight gain of meat is almost the same, but the master of heat, unlike broilers, does not need to buy special feed, and they are even less likely to get sick. In addition to meat, I also get eggs from them. For myself, I concluded that Master Gray is much more profitable. Now I buy only such chickens.
Anastasia. Master Gray is my favorite breed of chickens. They look beautiful, grow fast, and carry well. I keep them in the usual hen house, in which the besprednye village clubs used to live. There were no alterations: the same perches and nests. To prevent sores, young birds in the feed add vaccination drugs. The walls in the chicken coop are white twice a year. I feed chickens traditionally - grain, vegetables, tops. During the day, they find their own food. I grew broilers at one time, but I didn't like them. Master Gray is the best, I recommend!
In the video, the farmer talks about his experience of keeping and growing cross-country chickens Master Gray.