How Often to wash your Feeding Troughs and Drinkers

Washing feeding troughs and drinkers is the first duty of every poultry farmer/attendant every morning. They must be washed every day before fresh feed and water is served. This should be done with detergents and rinsed thoroughly. There are diseases birds can get through water of which the list of the diseases will be endless if we choose to name them. Therefore, good water hygiene must be maintained to ensure the water given to the birds does not become the source of their diseases. Go for water testing to be…

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Best source of Water for Poultry Birds and Number of Drinkers Required

From whatever source you are getting your water, the basic fact is that the water must be cool, free of germs and without any chemical. Well water, Tap water and borehole water sources are not bad for your birds provided they are cool, free of germs and untreated. Avoid giving hard water to your birds and in order to know if your source of water is free of germs and without any dangerous chemical, the best way is by doing water testing which is also applicable to feed testing. Water…

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The Diseases Birds can get from Feeds

Broiler Finisher Mash Feed Formula

The Diseases that birds can get through feeds are uncountable. This is the main reason why you must ensure good quality of feeds before they are given to the birds. as earlier said, feed testing will go a long way in ascertaining the quality of the feed. And you can also know if some set of birds in your poultry house are being denied of feed through close observation of the birds when they are being fed. Note those that are not rushing for food also they are likely to…

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Number of feeding troughs you need for your birds and the ideal feeding troughs according to the age

It is essential that birds are given enough feeding troughs so that all of them can have access to the feeds and also to prevent rushing for feeds which will make the press on one other and eventually death. A feeding trough for 50 birds is highly recommended which means that you need to calculate that to the number of feeding troughs you will need for 500 birds and so on. Ideal feeding troughs are determined by the age of the birds. This is to prevent the birds from wasting…

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How Often to Feed your Birds

It is advisable to ensure that feeds do not finish completely in the feeding troughs at all times, therefore give them enough feeds at least two times in a day. Example: early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Also make sure that the quantity of feed served to them is such that will give all of them access to the feed. Sometimes most poultry farmers always want to know if it is good to serve birds feed at night. Well as in the case of layers, the quality…

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How to determine the quality of your feeds

Often times farmers always want to know how they can know if a particular feed is good or not for their birds. Well things that are not good in a feed ranges from bad quality ingredients, contaminated ingredients and bad milling environment. The best way to know the quality of your feed is to go for feed analysis and test for the contents of the feeds and for the possible microbes which may be present in the feeds. As for where you can do your feed testing, well feeds are…

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An Estimate of how much you will spend in feeding your birds

Generally poultry feeds take about 60%-70% of the total cost of raising a bird. For instance, to raise pullets from Day old to the point of lay, you are likely to have spent around N750 in Naira or its equivalence in your own currency per bird. So be prepared to 60%-70% of N750 Naira or its equivalence on the feeds. You can then multi[ly this by the number of birds you like to raise. Also note that starving birds for just an hour could lead to very high mortality in…

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How long you can store your poultry feeds for your birds

Generally it is not advisable that feeds are stored for long before they are given to the birds. First, buy feeds and feed ingredients from feed-mills that don’t store them for a very long time and a maximum of two weeks is strongly recommended for feeds to be stored by you before they are given to the birds. Also note that where the feeds are stored must be well aerated to prevent contamination, rain and excessive sunlight should not have access to the place where the feeds are stored. The…

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Layers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Layers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 130kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 195kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 80kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Growers Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Growers Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 400kg Soya 90kg GNC 80kg Wheat Offals 362kg Bone Meal 20kg Oyster Shell 40kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 3kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Chicks Mash Feed Formula

Feed formulas are usually given based on the needs of your birds so before a feed formula is recommended, it must meet the needs of your birds. It is also very important that you consult an expert for proper guidance. However, an example of a Chicks Mash feed formula is given below: Raw Materials Quantity Required Maize 500kg Soya 100kg GNC 100kg Wheat Offals 245kg Bone Meal 10kg Oyster Shell 10kg Methionine 1kg Lysine 1kg Salt 2.5kg Vitamin 3kg N/B: Seasons can also affect/alter the formulation therefore always carry an…

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Already Bagged Feeds Vs Feed Formulation: Which is Cheaper? Find out

Most of the time, feeds prepared by oneself are usually costlier because it is likely to be richer. However, how rich your feed will be is usually determined by the quality of your feed formulation and the faithfulness of your feed-mill as some feed-mills are known for quality. There are many feed-mills around. The most important thing you should look for in a feed-mill is their reliability, faithfulness and efficiency. However, it is better you consult an expert or an already existing farmer around you to put you through. See…

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