Great Reminders on successful brooding in poultry farming business
During brooding, broilers are susceptible to diseases because their immunity is not strong at a young age, so there are measures that must be taken in other to prevent infection of the birds.
√Prevent unauthorized access to the farm.
√Make disinfectant shower available &
accessible in the farm and change clothing where necessary
√Maintain a record of visitors.
√Wash and sanitize hands and boots when entering and leaving houses.
√Clean and disinfect all equipment before bringing in to the house.
√Visits the youngest flock first.
√Whenever possible use ”all-in/all-out” placement cycle.
√Downtime between flocks will reduce contamination on the farm.
√Clean up feed spills as soon as they occur
√Maintain an effective rodent/vermin control program.
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Likely cause of small or weak chicks at 14 weeks:
•Inadequate feeders and drinkers
•Inadequate feed and water levels
•Equipment location and maintenance issue
•Inappropriate brooding temperature and environment
High early mortality – Causes include:
°Poor chick quality: Maintain good management practice
Incorrect brooding: In this case, re-adjust the brooders.
Disease: When faced with this problem, perform post mortem on the dead chicks to know the cause of the disease. Take some veterinary advice.
Appetite: measure and achieve target crop fill levels, check feed availability, amount, and space.