• Provide two - 1 gal (4.5L) waters for 100 chicks.
• Clean fresh water is of the utmost importance.
• Have waters filled at room temperature when chicks arrive.
• Water is a vital nutrient and makes up 60 - 70% of the chicken and is present in all cells.
• Water regulates the birds body temperature.
• Add Poul-Vite at 1 tsp per/gal for the first 5 days to give them a healthy start.
• If your water is hard we also recommend that Medi-Zone be added to the water.
• Take note of the water supply. A birds intake will double in warmer weather.
Note: Once your pullets are laying, any change in conditions such as radical temperature changes or any move may decrease the production. Stress-Aid in the water will help with this adjustment as it does not contain any antibiotics and only vitamins and electrolytes.
• Provide 1 inch of feeder space for chicks and 2 inches for adult layers.
Prepared Feed Ration (DO NOT DILUTE)
• Start the chicks on a 20% chicks starter for the first 6 weeks.
• After 6 weeks switch to a 16 % Grower Ration until 17 - 18 weeks and then a 18% Layer Ration should be fed.
Farm Grain Feed Ration
• Start the chicks on a 20% chick starter for the first 6 weeks.
• After 6 weeks use a 35 % Poultry Supplement mixed at 4 parts grain to 1 part supplement.
• Oyster Shell should be used as a calcium supplement and to help strengthen shell quality at 18 weeks.
• Sprinkle the Oyster Shell on top of the feed and have a separate container of it available for free choice as the birds know when they need more calcium and will go to the Oyster Shell available.
• It is important to keep in mind that a bird has specific requirements for energy, protein, minerals and vitamins in order to build and maintain a productive laying cycle.
• When the weather is hot, feed consumption decreases and nutrition should be adjusted.
• If the building is too cold, feed consumption increases which adds to additional costs. this may lead to overweight layers and lower egg production and also increase the risk of blow outs. (fatty build-up in the backs ends which can lead to ruptures).
Cutting corners in any poultry program does not save money. More often than not it will cost you $$$$$$$$$.
• A proper lighting program cannot be stressed enough for layers right from day one. It combined is as important as feed and water.
The following lighting program is designed to have the flock lay the first eggs at 19 weeks of age, reach 10% production at 21 weeks and peak production at 25 to 27 weeks of age.
• Start the chicks on 22 hours of good bright light for the first week.
• At this time decrease the light intensity to a dim light. Eg. just barely able to read a newspaper in the room
• If the lighting intensity is too bright this puts stress on the bird and increases picking problems.
• Have 18 hours of dim light available for the second week.
• On the 3rd week provide 16 hours of dim light.
• On the 4th week provide 12 hours of dim light.
• On the 5th week provide 10 hours of dim light until 17 weeks of age.
• At 18 weeks of age start increasing the lighting time by 30 minutes per week until 15 hours of dim lighting is provided.
• A time clock makes it easy to maintain a proper lighting program.
• Lighting is a very important aspect to good layer production.
If you see problems, determine the cause and correct it early. This will help maintain a healthy productive flock.
Please contact Anstey Hatchery for any help or tips, as they want to see your flock as happy as you do 1-306-242-1033