How to manage a large poultry farm

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For many people out there who would love to start up a poultry farm, Kansiime shares what one should consider New Vision TV offers analyzed news content on trending stories in Uganda, be it politics, business, and the day today life This is broadcast in various shows such as The daily News bulletin, the hourly news updates, the business show called The Handshake and Music News show. Since Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa, New Vision TV has a show that broadcasts Uganda’s beauty called the Pearl of Africa. Liki Poultry is an East African Company dealing with Importation and Installation of modern poultry equipment. See more on; Read through this guide for your insight and foresight benefit. [25 10 20: 07] Antonio Mudongi: Before Your Chicks Arrive: Setting the Stage - Brooder: a safe place to keep chicks warm, watered, and fed. You can buy or build elaborate brooders, but many chick growers go with a large plastic tote or large cardboard box. Be certain to have the right size (with high walls) for the number of chicks. You can also start small and move to a larger brooder as the chicks get older. Finally, you'll want a (ventilated) lid to keep brave chicks from escaping once they get bigger. -Brooder location: You want to keep the brooder in a warm, dry place; many people set it up in a garage, others do it in their house, while yet others do it in the chicken coop (if there are no adult chickens in the coop). - Heat lamp: Fairly essential to keeping the chicks warm and their temperature regulated, as they can't do so initially. You can use a regular lamp and lightbulb, but products made for this purpose (with a guard) are a bit safer and more consistent. Attaching heat lamp to a 2x4 across top of brooder works well as does attaching it to a floor lamp's pole. -Thermometer: While not absolutely crucial, a thermometer will help you more easily monitor the temperature in the brooder. - Bedding: Pine shavings in general are the best materials, but in the first week or so, we like newspapers with a layer of paper towels on top (because the chicks will try eating the pine shavings). - Waterer: Absolutely essential to have one or more waterers designed specifically for chicks; other systems will lead to sad results and death. - Feeder: You don't necessarily have to get chick feeders (though it's recommended). If you don't use a chick feeder, be more vigilant about keeping the feed clean (from poop) and dry. Some experts recommend simply placing the feed on a paper plate for the first few days. - Chick starter feed: It's essential to use a feed specifically designed as starter for chicks; your main choice will be deciding between regular and medicated. Feed this feed for the first 8 weeks or so. - Administer Alermycine for 7 continuos days in water. - Coop: Unless you're keeping the brooder in the coop, you don't technically need to have it ready now, but it's best - as time will pass quickly. Every imaginable type of chicken coop exists - and your goal should be to find build the one that best fits your needs code number of chickens. - Pen: The healthiest chickens are the ones who forage the yard for their food, thus you should have a plan for where you'll let your chickens roam, from one nicely fenced pen to a series of pens, to a moving pen, to your entire backyard. The pen should be fenced enclosed to protect chickens from predators. [25 10 20: 18] Antonio Mudongi: Day 1: Acclimating Chicks - Temperature: Brooder temp should be 50 degrees. - Water: First thing to do when baby chicks arrive is to take one at a time and dip their beaks in the water and be certain they drink; this step is absolutely essential to survival. Refill waterer often. - Feed: Once the chicks have had a drink, repeat the process with their feed. - Location: Keep feed and water on outskirts of heat lamp, ideally on opposite sides (with heat lamp in the middle) to keep water from feed. - Sleep: Expect the chicks to sleep quite a lot during this first week. Week 2: Baby (Chick) Steps - Temperature: Bring down brooder temperature 5 degrees to 45 degrees. - Water: Check and refill waterer(s) at least twice a day. Clean regularly with diluted vinegor. - Feed: Keep with the starter feed. Be vigilant about keeping feed free of moisture and chick poop. Using a piece of plywood or extra floor tile, raise waterer and feeder for less waste and mess. - Feathers: You'll begin to see small feathers replacing the fluff on your chicks' wings and tail. - Bedding: Switch to pine shavings - about 1-2 inches deep; clean brooder before doing so. - Grit: Introduce a small amount of fine "chick" grit to chicks' diet; needed to assist in digestion (which they would normally get if raised naturally outside). - Perch: Consider adding a small, chick-sized perch in brooder for "roosting 101" - made easily with three small branches in an H-shape. - Socializing: If your chicks are going to be more than simply production birds, now is the time to acclimate the chicks to you. Week 3: Keeping a Lid On - Temperature: Bring down brooder temperature 5 degrees to 40 degrees by raising heat lamp about 3 inches. - Lid: Now's the time when you should start putting a lid on your brooder.

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