By David Bland
Practical chook conserving is a transparent, in-depth advisor to this topical topic that would allow a person to maintain chicken for excitement or revenue. absolutely illustrated all through with pictures and explanatory line-drawings, it comprises: bird breeds and makes use of; chicken housing and gear; breeding and sexing birds; universal issues of eggs; ordinary and synthetic incubation and rearing; meals and vitamin; rearing birds for the desk; powerful making plans, administration and advertising and marketing and spotting and fighting universal illnesses.
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They were very suitable for rearing chickens as well as ducks. Housing small important breeding flocks and layers, these units can be a very advantageous part of any poultry enterprise, as: 1 Birds are moved to fresh ground each day; 2 The serious peck order experienced in larger flocks does not exist to the same degree within a small flock, provided the management techniques are strictly observed. The reason for the fold unit losing much of its popularity in the late 1960s was that it was too labour intensive, and as labour costs soared, so the number of farm employees was drastically reduced.
Feed Hens should have an adlib supply of a good-quality layers mash, fed dry in a sufficient number of waste-free hanging hoppers. Water is ideally arranged over the dropping pits, so that any splash will drop directly into the pit and be kept off the litter. Dropping pits These need not all be sited in the same place but can be sited where it is most beneficial to the house layout. In one house it may be along the wall and in another in the centre. When siting the pit consider how best it can be cleaned out between batches.
2 A 200-bird free-range poultry house, is the largest poultry house of wooden construction which can be safely moved over reasonably level terrain. This size is popular with producers who have, or anticipate having, total flock sizes of between 1,000 and 2,500 birds. Replacements of 200 birds a time will keep the owner in continuous production of all sizes of all eggs. The use of split flocks avoids excessive bullying, and keeps disease safely under control, ensuring that all birds will range freely.