December6 , 2021

22 Facts Every Smart Poultry Farmer Should Know and Work With

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22 Facts Every Smart Poultry Farmer Should Know and Work With

1. A high level of stress reduces the bird’s ability to fight the invasion by disease causing organisms.

2. a sub-clinical disease is one where the signs are not obvious. The birds do not appear to be sick but the infection causes slower growth and/or lower egg production.

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3. Vaccines are not available to combat all disease threats.

4. A very important skill for all poultry stock persons to have is the ability to differentiate between healthy and sick birds.

5. It is normal when a flock is diseased to find healthy birds and those with varying degrees of illness.

6. it is necessary to be able to tell as early as possible when some of the birds in the pen are sick.

7. Vaccination is aimed at triggering the bird’s immune system to produce antibodies to fight infection.

8. While not all diseases can be vaccinated against, all potential infectious disease threats should be identified and a suitable vaccination program developed to help combat those that can.

9. The practice of good hygiene kills microorganisms, including those that cause disease, and all farms carry populations of microorganisms.

10. Good hygiene practices includes The thorough cleaning of poultry houses and equipment after each flock has been removed.

11. Good hygiene practices includes The use of vehicle disinfection and wash facilities.

12. Good hygiene practices includes The use of foot baths at the entry to each house.

13. Good hygiene practices includes The provision of footwear at the entry to each shed.

14. Good hygiene practices includes The use of clean litter material after washing the shed and not re-using litter.

15. Litter in the poultry house should be managed to maintain it in a dry friable state without caking or being too wet.

16. Good hygiene practices includes Removing all dead birds daily and disposing them in a recommended manner.

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17. Good hygiene practices includes Maintaining all houses and ancillary buildings and surrounds in a clean and tidy state.

18. Feeding strategies for broiler chickens will vary depending on the target market for the final product.

19. Strategies for feeding broilers destined for the whole bird market will differ from strategies for broilers destined to be sold as pieces.

20. the nutrient intake of fast growing broilers must be carefully controlled to prevent metabolic diseases such as ascites and leg weakness.

21. Environmental conditions such as wet and humid weather, condensation or very cold temperatures can cause wet litter if the broiler house ventilation system is not able to eliminate moisture effectively.

22. Drinker lines, foggers and evaporative cooling pads, if not managed and maintained carefully, can contribute greatly to wet litter problems.