Brooding - Temperature management
Correct litter and ambient temperatures are vital to ensure chick activity. Pre-heating is important and begins at least 24 to 48 hours prior to placement, even during summer and in tropical countries. This will ensure the litter temperature is at least 32°C (90°F), with the air and internal structures adequately heated at placement. Failure to achieve this target will reduce activity and lower feed consumption, so the grower will lose the opportunity to quadruple day-old chick weight in the first week.
How to improve the efficiency of corn-soy poultry diets
New research has shown positive effects on broiler performance when a wide range of NSP-degrading enzymes are included in the diet.
Lessons in Biosecurity
Our farms are our businesses, and ultimately our livelihood, and therefore a good biosecurity program should be a part of every farm management and poultry production plan. At Cobb, we know how important a strict biosecurity policy is and we stress this to our team members and our customers. Since we help supply breeding stock to the world, it is vital for us to be free of disease. The most recent avian influenza to hit the U.S. was from December 2014 to June 2015 where more than 48 million birds — mostly turkeys, commercial layers and hobby flocks — were lost to the disease with more than $700 million in federal funds used to deal with and clean up from this outbreak.
6 alternative protein sources to soybean meal
Soybean meal remains sovereign, but it can be easily replaced when other protein sources can offer a more profitable solution — it only takes knowledge and experience.
How to Tell if Chicks Are Getting What They Need
Brooding plays an essential role in laying the foundation for optimal flock performance. Without proper brooding, chicks can’t reach their genetic potential, resulting in reduced yield, poor flock uniformity, and higher mortality rates. Capitalizing on this time period is critical as poor performance during brooding cannot be compensated for later on. Checking to see if your chicks are getting what they need to grow and thrive helps maximize results during brooding, setting yourself up for a successful and profitable flock.