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

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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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Vitamin D protects against severe asthma attacks

Story Source: Materials provided by Queen Mary University of London. Taking oral vitamin D supplements in addition to standard asthma medication could halve the risk of asthma attacks requiring hospital attendance, according to research led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is estimated to cause almost 400,000 deaths annually. Asthma deaths arise primarily during episodes of acute worsening of symptoms, known as attacks or ‘exacerbations’, which are commonly triggered by viral upper respiratory infections. Vitamin D is thought to protect…

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A need for bananas? Dietary potassium regulates calcification of arteries

Low dietary potassium leads to calcified arteries and aortic stiffness, while increased dietary potassium alleviates that in a mouse model, suggesting dietary potassium may protect against heart disease and death from heart disease in humans Story Source: Materials  provided by University of Alabama at Birmingham. Bananas and avocados foods that are rich in potassium may help protect against pathogenic vascular calcification, also known as hardening of the arteries. University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have shown, for the first time, that reduced dietary potassium promotes elevated aortic stiffness in a…

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How Skipping breakfast is associated with hardening of the arteries

Eating breakfast may be good for your heart, research shows. Credit: © wavebreak3 / Fotolia   Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis, or the hardening and narrowing of arteries due to a build-up of plaque, according to research published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.   Eating a healthy breakfast has been shown to promote greater heart health, including healthier weight and cholesterol. While previous studies have linked skipping breakfast to coronary heart disease risk, this is the first study to evaluate the…

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How Low consumption of vitamin K by adolescents is associated with unhealthy enlargement of the heart’s major pumping chamber

 Scientists have found another reason for children to eat their green leafy vegetables. Credit: Phil Jones, Senior Photographer, Augusta University A study of 766 otherwise healthy adolescents showed that those who consumed the least vitamin K1 found in spinach, cabbage, iceberg lettuce and olive oil were at 3.3 times greater risk for an unhealthy enlargement of the major pumping chamber of their heart, according to the study published in The Journal of Nutrition. Vitamin K1, or phylloquinone, is the predominant form of vitamin K in the U.S. diet. “Those who…

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