Preparing to Farm Broilers
There are some provisions you must make as you venture into broiler production.
Broiler farming simply means brooding and rearing birds for meat. Therefore, if you are aspiring or preparing to go into broiler production, you must provide following:
4) Farm equipment
6) Raw materials
Setting Up Your Farm
Broiler Farm Preparation Quiz
Brooding your broilers
This topic explains in details what you will do before your day old chicks arrive. You will learn the best brooding practices and get abreast with the different metrics and economies of brooding starting from week one
Arrival of chicks
Brooding your broilers
Questions on Brooding
Managing Your Broilers
Managing your broilers very well, guarantees high returns!
Consideration of bird welfare at all times, understanding the elements of the production chain and the transition phases between them, the need for observation of changes in the birds and in their environment. Appropriate management responses to the continually changing requirements of the bird.
Different Management Practices
Broiler Management Quiz
Good and practical stockmanship does not only ensure that all birds are subject to the "Five Freedoms for Animal Welfare" which are Freedom from hunger and thirst.•Freedom from discomfort.•Freedom from pain, injury, and disease.•Freedom to express normal behavior.•Freedom from fear and distress, but it ensures efficiency and profitability.
Assessing The Flock’s Condition
Chick Start Assessment
Quiz on Practical Stockmanship
Provision of Feed and Water
To provide the broiler’s lifetime nutrient requirements through appropriate broiler nutrition and broiler feeding programs so that biological performance can be optimized without compromising bird welfare or the environment. The drinking and feeding systems, together with their management, will impact upon feed and water intake and the ability to supply a defined feeding program to the bird.
Important Nutrients for Broilers
Non-Nutritive Feed Additives
Provision of Water (drinking system)
Broiler Farm Hygiene
Learning how to implement a clear program of hygiene management for farm site biosecurity, and site cleaning and disinfection
Disease Investigation And Recognition
Decreasing the Risk of Disease
Lighting Program for Broilers
Lighting and how it is managed (hours of light and dark and how light is distributed throughout the day) can impact both broiler productivity and welfare. Broilers benefit from having a defined pattern of light and dark (day and night), creating distinct periods for rest and activity. A number of important physiological and behavioral processes follow normal diurnal rhythms. Therefore, defined cycles of light and dark allow broilers to experience natural patterns of growth, development, and behavior.
Light Color, Source And Intensity
Light Duration and Pattern
Gradual vs. Abrupt Changes in Light
Monitoring Live Weight and Uniformity of Performance
To assess live flock performance by regularly weighing birds and comparing against targets to ensure that defined end product specifications are as closely met as possible.
Profitability depends upon maximization of the proportion of birds closely meeting target specifications. This requires predictable and uniform growth.Growth management depends upon the knowledge of past, present, and likely future growth performance. This knowledge, and safe subsequent actions, can only be achieved if the measurement of growth is accurate.
Predictability of Live Weight
Flock Uniformity (CV%)