I have noticed that a lot of the threads that have been posted are on keeps and care of gamefowl. I came across the keep while going through some papers and thought I'd share it.
The Black Hatch Farm ( John & Anna Slavin ) Keep and Care System
PART ONE: SELECTION AND HEALTH
The selection of the cocks for training is very important. Your time is valuable and you need to begin with only the healthiest birds available. Good health means a good performance. Your bird must be at the proper fighting weight when he goes into the keep. This weight is determined by your daily feeding habits of your fowl.
When you have decided upon the birds that are ready for training, wom and delouse them. For lice and mites, we use a mixture of one tablespoon of Malathion, one tablespoon of permethian, and a "dash" of Skin So Soft ( for the oil base to stick to the feathers ) in a gallon of water. Spray thoroughly around the vent, on top of the tail, behind the hackle feathers and under the wings. For worming, we have been using and endorsing Worms-All tablets by Pro Poultry Supply for the last several years. Worms-All is the only product that we have found to get the tape worm out, along with all the other types of worms that fowl are susceptible to.
The best method of worming a cock is to withhold his feed the previous evening. The following day, skip the morning feed ( if this is part of your regular program), then about mid day or so, put the worm pill down him. About three to four hours later, put your roosters in keep stalls and feed them about a half cup of bread and milk for their evening feed. This will flush them out completely, and at the same time let you observe what is coming out of them. If you opt to feed grain for fowl out on tie cords, only feed about half the normal feed ration. This will prevent the chickens from becoming craw bound. It is also advisable to run copper sulffate at one-half teaspoon per five gallons of water the following day after worming. This will also further the process of cleaning out the roosters.
Then put your roosters on a T.E.A.M. vitamin water program for the next three days. T.E.A.M. vitamin is made by Fort Dodge laboratories and it is an excellent water-soluble vitamin to use, not only in the keep, but also in regular yard care also. If T.E.A.M. is not available in your area, a good vitamin with electrolytes is recommended. Check your local feed store.