Litter Management: How often it must be changed

When you hear questions like how long can I leave the litter on the poultry floor before changing them? Well this depends on how careful you are in handling feeds and water in the housing so that they don’t spill and make the litters wet. The type of feeders and drinkers being used can also determine this. However, once in two months is not bad and aside from that always change the litter whenever it gets wet or dusty even if it happens the next day after changing it the…

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An Estimate of how much you will spend in raising 100 Pullets

Guidelines for The First 7 Days of Brooding Day-Old Chicks

Thou this depends on so many factors which are mainly forces. However, to raise Day Old Chicks to the Point of Lay, one is likely to have spent between N750 and N800 per bird. You are likely to spend about 60%-70% of this amount on their feeds. Therefore be prepared to feed them well. Most times, poultry farmers ask if it is compulsory to have all the money ready before embarking on poultry farming. Well I will not like to use the word “compulsory” but I will however advise that…

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How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

How to Prepare a Cow for Calving

Below are some of the basic techniques involved when preparing a cow for calving: Milking cows should be dried after 10 months of milking The animal is then steamed up by giving it concentrates for the next two months before calving. 2 to 4 kg of good concentrates are given per cow in two splits per day. Heifers should be prepared for milking by often taking it to the dairy , massage the udder gently squeezing and pulling the teats and patting her on the back and the like. A…

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What to Feed Rabbits

What to Feed Rabbits

Today we are going to be discussing about the different classes of rabbit feeds we have and what to feed your rabbits. they include: (1) Concentrates feeds Include pellets: They are low fibre and high in digestible nutrients. They are available on market and can be fed with hay. (2) Dry roughage feeds. These include hay and straws. These feeds are high in fibre but low in digestible nutrients. Large quantities are needed to sustain the animal life. For young rabbits choose hay that is fine stemmed, leafy, green and…

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Recommended Brooding Duration for Chicks with Temperature Requirement

Brooding is usually done between the first four (4) weeks of the chick’s life. At the first week, you have to maintain them at a temperature of 32C-34C, 30C-32C at the 2nd week and 28C-30C at the 3rd week. After four (4) weeks, their feathers are enough as a source of heat. Brooding them beyond 4weeks is undesirable and could be stressful for the birds. See also: The Best age to Purchase Point of Lay Birds

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The Best age to Purchase Point of Lay Birds

As earlier stated that Point of Lay Birds can be referred to as Day Old pullets that have been raised from Day1 till between 12 and 18weeks of age. Therefore buying birds at 12weeks old could be better because at that age, they are cheaper and it gives you the opportunity of boosting them up before they start laying. However, if your source is good, buying them at any of the ages will not give you any problem provided they are well managed. See also: How to identify a better…

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Layers Management: Pullets (Day Old Chicks) Vs Point of Lay (Layers) which is Better?

Care must be taken in starting your farm with Point of Lay birds. Get them from a very reliable source where adequate management procedures have been observed. It is advisable you involve an expert (Preferably a Vet. Doctor, An Animal Scientist or An Animal Health Technologist) before purchasing them. Day Old Chicks are better because you are involved in all the management procedures. However, get your Day Old Chicks with the assistance of an expert. See also: Difference between Day Old Chicks and Point of Lay birds and when best…

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How to identify a better Point of Lay Birds (POL) before purchasing them

In case you can’t get an expert before buying your Point of Lay birds, then from where you are buying the birds, ask for the records of the birds which include the age, source, vaccination and other medication records. Thou it is still better you get an expert. In case you need help, the author of this article can be contacted. See also: Layers Management: Pullets (Day Old Chicks) Vs Point of Lay (Layers) which is Better?

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