How to increase Performance and Production in Poultry

As poultry farming has already proven to be a profitable business with minimum investment.

A combination of quality nutrition, veterinary guidance and bio security in farm and bird management will help to ensure birds have the best possible chance to perform at their maximum potential.

The term FLAWS actually serve as a prompt for detailed approach for the best management practices, not only during the brooding stage but throughout the life of the flock. This reminds for the routine check for basic parameters such as feed, light, litter, air, water, bio security, sanitation, space and staff.

Pre-placement preparation

Advance preparation is needed before the new flock arrives to prevent losses during brooding and the rest of grow out.

Brooding management

Brooding is a period immediately after the hatch when special care and attention is given to chicks to support their health and survival. Since recently hatched chick has not yet developed their body mechanism to regulate its body temperature, hence, it cannot maintain its body temperature properly for the first few weeks. Therefore the room temperature need to be adjust the temperature to 35°C (95F) at the edge of the brooder 2 inches (5cm) above the litter during the initial few weeks. Lower the temperature by 2.85°C (5F) each week until it reaches 70°F. This temperature of 21°C appears to be ideal during growing period.

Litter management

The litter in a poultry house acts as bedding for the birds. Litter condition and quality have an impact on poultry health and profitability.

Proper management of wet litter is important for intestinal health of birds. Without proper management, wet litter can serve as a potent source for hazardous pathogens and may also act as a starting point for stress and infection that develops and leads to disease.

Also, wet litter problems increase, ammonia levels in the farm rise that are potentially detrimental to bird health.

Sometimes, when the litter is too dry and dusty becomes an indicator that the birds may not be drinking enough. The dry feces in the powder form may lead to respiratory problems.

Water management

Water is the most crucial nutrient for poultry. Drinking water accounts for 70–80 percent of the bird’s daily physiological needs. Poultry will generally consume more water than feed. An abundance of clean water will reduce the challenges and maximize performance.

Feed management

Proper balanced feed formulated on the basis of age, sex and physiological need help in making the poultry full grown and disease free. A Good feed quality that avoids contaminants such as mycotoxins is important to ensure performance.

Stocking density

Overcrowding during housing conditions generates high stress in poultry.  This has a negative impact on performance and production. Lowering stocking density throughout the overall production of the poultry may help to reduce stress.

Environmental management

General environmental management of the farm includes many components. Coccidiosis is one of the diseases of consideration based on the living conditions of poultry.

As the poultry ingest eggs of parasite from contaminated litter, and these pass into the intestinal tract, They target the intestinal cells. Several cycles of replication occur which lead to the formation of new cysts which are shed in the feces. When the suitable environmental conditions like temperature and humidity prevails, the oocysts sporulate and become infective. The entire cycle takes 4 to 6 days. Thus, massive, immense replication during intracellular phase makes the parasite a serious problem in farm management.

Mortality checks

Cull diseased birds as early as possible.

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