13 Management Tips for Better Poultry Performance Part Two
8 Downtime between flocks
Adequate downtime of at least 14 days with appropriate cleaning and disinfection measures between flock placements helps to reduce transmission of disease between flocks and allows time to prepare for the next flock.
9 Environmental management
General environmental management of the poultry pen includes many components, such as temperature, relative humidity, ventilation and lighting.
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Understanding that these components work both separately and together can help to guide your management practices.
10. Monitoring during times of transition
Increasing the frequency at which barns are walked and examining the activity of the flock can help with early disease detection.
Daily monitoring of temperature, humidity and ventilation inside the poultry pen as well as outside temperature is recommended.
Monitoring transition times can help with understanding what is happening in the barn (e.g., from day to night, when birds are placed, during half-house brooding, feed changes, etc.). Monitoring feed and water consumption helps to monitor the flocks’ progress.
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11. Keeping an eye on equipment
Walking the barns routinely will also help to ensure equipment remains in working order.
12. Flock health management
Work with your veterinarian to design a program customized for your flock’s health.
13. Communication and teamwork
Ensuring strong communication and coordination between all those involved in helping your farm run smoothly will ensure a stronger and more successful gut health management program for your birds.
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