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PROBLEM – High early mortality (greater than 1% in the first week)

CAUSES
1 – Incorrect brooding ( high temperature, low temperatures, etc)
2 – Disease
3 – Poor Appetite
4 – birds getting tired due to delay in transportation.

ACTION
1 – Re-adjust brooder temperature, use the temperature ranges shown on the temperature chart.

3 – Check water consumption, check the height of waterers or drinkers, position drinkers away from heat source, Check calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin D levels in the diet, Use light programs to increase bird activity. Mix Active D in feed at a ratio of 1kg per tonne of feed.

3 – Measure and achieve target crop fill levels, check feed availability (amount & space). You can increase feed consumption and appetite by Adding MAXIYIELD or VITAFLASH in water for the first 5 days. it improves appetite, reduces mortality, improves growth and immunity.

PROBLEM – High mortality (after 7 days)

CAUSES
1 – Metabolic disease (ascites, sudden death syndrome)
2 – Infectious diseases ( colibacilosis, coccidiosis, etc
3 – Leg problems.

ACTION
1 – Check ventilation rates, open up tarplins for 2 hours for chicks to get fresh air, check feed formulation, avoid excessive early growth rates.

2 – Establish cause (post-mortem), take veterinary advice.
Bloody and brown droppings are a sign of coccidiosis.
Black diarrhea and pasted vents is a sign of collibacilosis.
3 – Check water consumption, Check calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin D levels in diet, Use light programs to increase bird activity

PROBLEM – Poor early growth and uniformity

CAUSES
1 – Nutrition
2 – Environmental conditions
3 – Appetite
4 – Disease
5- inadequate feeds or drinkers.
6- inadequate feed
7- poor quality chicks.

ACTIONS
1 – Check starter ration (availability, nutritional and physical quality)in this case use only SUPER STARTER PELLETS for the first 7 days, Check water supply (availability and quality)
2 – Check temperature and humidity profiles, Check day-length, Check air quality (C02, dust, minimum ventilation rate)
3 – Check poor stimulation of appetite (low proportion of birds with full crops)
4 – Post-mortem on dead chicks, take veterinary advice

  • improve spacing weekly.
  • correct feeder to birds ratio.
    -correct drinker to birds ratio.
    -increase feed quantity every week.

PROBLEM – Poor late growth and uniformity

CAUSES
1 – Low nutrient intake
2 – Infectious disease
3 – Environmental conditions

ACTIONS
1 – Check feed nutritional and physical quality and formulation, Check feed intake and accessibility, Excessive early restriction, Lighting program too restrictive
2 – Establish cause (post mortem), take veterinary advice
3 – Check ventilation rates, Check stocking density, Check house temperatures, Check water and feed availability, Check feeder and drinker space

To be continued.

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