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

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

1. Early placement of chicksin the house, access to fresh clean water and feed after arrival is important.

The time of transport from thehatchery to the farm should be as quick as possible. This is because the hatchwindow might be close to 12-24 hours after hatching and there is no need forfurther delay once you have collected your birds from the hatchery/sales point.

On placement, provide an hourof clean water mixed with glucovitam and sangrovit ws , and wait to give feeduntil the one hour period of water is done. This helps to avoid constipation issues in chicks!

Once again, make sure good feed and fresh clean drinking water is readily available and easily accessible to reduce time for searching for feed and water by the newly arrived chicks. Please note that putting water/drinkers near pots or any other heat source is not good, when water is hot birds do not drink it.

Four hours after placement,randomly pick some of the chicks and check the crop fill. The target crop fillshould be 85%. After 12hrs, it should be above 95%, and after 24hrs, the targetcrop fill should be above 98 to 100%.

2. Use of digestible rawmaterials in making feed for the chicks is necessary as their digestive systemis not mature or procurement of chicks feed from reputable commercial feedmanufacturer.

Don’t compound your own feed if you are not an expertise in that field, instead purchase touch an approved feed supplier within your locality to avoid stories that touch😀. You know yesterday some farmer complained about some feed type that made her sell off her 6 months chicks, that had failed to give an egg…imagine selling those birds at 3k…. Really touching.

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

3. Place highly hygienicmaterials that have been adequately sanitized and disinfected in the broodinghouse. You should know that the chicks’ immune response is not fully developedany health compromise might be more devastating for young chicks compared toolder ones.

One major route of diseaseentry in chicks is the intestine….so have your chicks’ interesting protectedby sangrovit!

Don’t joke with biosecurity.If you miss it, then you miss out. Restrict access to your day-old chicks, havesome workers dedicated to look after the brooder but not allowing everyone toenter, and these workers should not be working g anywhere else!  all equipment should have been washed,disinfected and sanitized with appropriate disinfectants.

A designated Uniform/clothing’sfor the purpose of caring for your birds should be worn by the person/stockmancaring for the birds.

If not, once immunity of yourbirds is compromised…. be ready to start counting your losses from the onset.

4. Provide breed specific diet of high quality as this will enable the chicks to consume the amount needed for adequate growth. For broilers, you should give broiler feed. Which has both starter and finisher.

5. Avoid overcrowding as thisleads to competition for feed and water. Moreover, this will lead ultimately toa high number of lighter birds that will end up being at a disadvantaged whenit is time for scrambling for feed in the midst of other heavier birds in theflock. These lighter birds that you created in the brooder are the same birdsyou will see in your poultry house being chased around, and hiding in layingboxes and perches. Overcrowding leads to poor growth and low productionpercentage when birds grow!

Step 1.

Try to achieve good uniformity in birds falling within similar average body weight. In layers, lighter and heavier birds are difficult to design feed program for.

You can separate them and groweach group together to allow light birds gain weight faster and catch beforelaying begins. This will enable a large percentage of the whole flock to attainpeak production at the same time.

Step 2.

Remember, the main aim is to maximizeprofit in poultry by stopping disease challenges, reduced mortality, reducedantibiotics expenses and veterinary bills, and keeping them healthy andproductive. SANGROVIT will help you to achieve this. starting your chicks onsangrovit ws helps to reduce early chicks’ mortality, improves their appetite,keeps chicks more active, reduce chances of early infections.

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