15 MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR BETTER POULTRY PERFORMANCE POTENTIAL

15 MANAGEMENT TIPS FOR BETTER POULTRY PERFORMANCE POTENTIAL

Achieving good bird, barn and gut health requires operational excellence and attention to detail. A combination of quality nutrition, veterinary guidance, and increased consideration of barn and bird management will help to ensure birds have the best possible chance to perform at their maximum potential. The acronym “FLAWS” has commonly served as a reminder to check feed, light, litter, air, water, (bio)security, sanitation, space and staff. FLAWS actually serves as a detailed approach to best management practices, not only during brooding but throughout the life of the flock. Some critical…

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Vent Pecking in Poultry and How to Control them

Causes of Vent Pecking, Prolapsed Vent and Cannibalism among Poultry Birds

It is not normal and this happens due to the following factors; 1) Stress 2) Inadequate spacing. 3) Mineral deficiency mostly protein deficiency 4) Too much or too little light (inadequate ventilation) 5) Idleness Therefore, birds react by pecking on each other so when blood comes out, all birds attack one bird and can be pecked to death. The solution to this problem includes the following processes: 1) Improving on spacing 2) Isolate those that have been pecked and Spray the wounds with Alamycin spray. 3) You can improve on…

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Poultry Farm Bio-security and Vaccination

Most farmers wonder: is it better to vaccinate birds against diseases or maintain strict bio-security measures and leave it that way. At least, this way one would save on expenses by choosing one and maximize profit instead of spending so much on both. In fact, a funny farmer once said: “why should the birds be vaccinated, if they can still succumb to the same disease?” So, it is very important to look at this with a critical eye for better understanding on how these topics affect our poultry farming experience.…

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Vaccination and Medication Schedule for Broilers

NOTE: When you want to do vaccination, you administer it with 1/4 of the total volume of drinking water of the birds per day. For example, if the birds drink 40 liters per day, use 10 liters for vaccination. Day 1- 5:                    Multivitamin + Antibiotics (20% Enrofloxacin e.g. Conflox) Day 5:                        1st Gumboro Vaccine Day 7:                        1st Lasota Vaccine Day 9 – 13:                Anticoccidiosis drug e.g. Dicoxin Plus Day 15: 2nd              Gumboro Vaccine Day 17: 2nd              Lasota Vaccine Day 29: 3rd               Gumboro Vaccine…

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The Major Causes of Cannibalism among Poultry Birds

Cannibalism causes a lot of loss to so many poultry farmers, not just the loss of cash return on investment but the pain associated with you standing and watching your birds peck each other to the point of killing themselves……….Awww!! If you have been faced with this challenge as a poultry farmer, am sure you will understand the pain as I do because i have faced it on my farm on different occasions to the extent that i had to monitor the causes and wish to share my findings with…

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All you need to know About Local Chicken

Do you have any idea how important Local chickens are? they play an important role in the livelihood of most rural families in Eastern Africa.  Despite increased use of commercial breeds by large-scale producers, around three-quarters of chicken in the region are indigenous breeds.  Facts about indigenous chicken The following are some of the basic facts you should know about indigenous chickens: -Meat and eggs are tastier and preferred by most consumers to those from commercial breeds. -Initial investment is less than that needed to keep commercial breeds. -More tolerant…

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Routine Activities for better Poultry Production Performance

Routine activities are those activities which are carries out on daily, weekly and even on monthly basis. This is where some farmers or farm managers do mix a lot of things together just because they don’t know what to do either on daily, weekly and even on monthly basis. But dear readers, don’t panic you are at the right place at this time. In this article I will explain in details the activities you will need to carry out on your farm that will make your birds thrives well, that…

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How to Raise Ostrich for AgriBusiness

Ostrich belongs to the family of giant birds known as Struthio camelus; Ostrich is a wild bird that modern science has succeeded in domesticating. The Ostrich is the largest ever-living bird. Although flightless, the bird is able to take 3.5m (12-feet) strides and to run at a sustained speed of 50 km/h (30mph) for 15 minutes or more in short distance run, it may reach 70km/h (43mph) especially, when escaping from predators. The head is small, with large eyes and a short, flat bill. Its body is covered with large,…

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7 Natural Medications in Poultry Rearing (Ethno-Veterinary Methods)

7 Natural Medications in Poultry Rearing (Ethno-Veterinary Methods)

Misuse of antibiotics among poultry farmers is rampant and this is dangerous to both animals and human beings. Misuse of antibiotics leads to antibiotic resistance. The remains of antibiotics are left in animal products like eggs, poultry meat and milk. Now fasten your seat belt and travel with me to the school of poultry studies. We normally use food and spices in our day to day lives but have we ever known that these foods are cure to ailments in your poultry flock? Food and spices like: ginger, pepper, salt,…

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9 Ways to Enhance the Growth Rate and Maximize Profits on Broiler Production

9 Ways to Enhance the Growth Rate and Maximize Profits on Broiler Production

When it comes to Broiler Production, every practical farmer knows that consumers want to buy broiler chickens with big weights, and some are ready to go with the price you are willing to sell them when they are impressed with the broilers’ weight. This is why poultry farmers are always looking for ways to increase the body weight of their broiler chickens. As a poultry farmer, I’m sure you’re having a number of broiler chickens you are raising to sell during festive periods such as Christmas, Easter, Sallah, etc. However,…

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