|RULES TO FOLLOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL BREEDING|
1. Clean well and disinfect the area.
2. Heat the building at 21°C (70°F) in order to dry the walls and floors and thereby remove all humidity before covering the surface with around 7 to 10 cm (3 to 4 inches) of straw or wood chips (never use sawdust).
3. In the center, install for 100 chicks:
Surround the area with corrugated cardboard of 30 to 40 cm (12 to 15") high, diameter of 1.2 meter (4'). Go up one feet per 100 additional chicks.
- A heat lamp at 46cm (18") from the floor
- Two (2) feeding hoppers with feed, permanently filled
- Two (2) troughs of 1.5L (one gallon), cleaned everyday, use lukewarm water for the first day.
Temperature on the floor:
For the first week depending on the following species:
Lower temperature of 3°C (5°F) per week of raising.
- Chicks, goslings, ducklings - 32 to 35°C (90 to 95°F)
Note: If birds pile up under the lamp: they are cold.
If they gather around the perimeter with open beaks: they are too hot.
4. Do not forget to enlarge the circle according to the growth of the birds. Calculate that a 10 week old fowl of meat type needs 2 square foot each.
5. Your local vendor or co-op can provide you the recommended feeds depending on age and bird varieties.
|Note:||Meat type||- Beginning-chicks for 4 weeks (for a regular beginning), then raising roasted chickens|| ||Laying breed:||- Depending on the program of your feed provider.|
6. Do not serve round grains before 6 week old. Add poultry gravel to the ratio of 1 Kg (2 lbs) / 100 chickens per week