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How Plumage Affects Breeder Productivity

Plumage, or feathering, on chickens serves to provide insulation and protection. When the feathering is compromised, it effects more than just birds’ appearance. Hens with poor plumage struggle to be productive. As an insulator, feathers help birds to maintain their warmth. Balding birds have to consume more feed in order to increase their thermal output. […]

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The In Between – Transitional Ventilation

The transitional seasons for ventilation are typically Spring and Fall. These seasons are normally where you are going to have the most fluctuation in temperature making it difficult for growers to ventilate properly. Whether you are transitioning from minimum to full ventilation, or full to minimum ventilation, it is important to regulate temperature changes gradually. […]

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Using the Val Lott Stick

The Val Lott Stick is a great tool to help you measure flow rates through your Val Nipple Drinker System. It’s always important to know exactly how much water is being delivered to your birds, and having a log of flow rates will help you notice problems early on. Water supply, water pressure, dirty or […]

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10 Interesting Facts About Pigs

“I like pigs. Dogs look up to you. Cats look down to you. Pigs look you in the eye and see you as equal.” Winston Churchill Newborn piglets learn to run to their mother’s voices. Adult pigs can run at speeds up to 11 miles per hour. Not that they would… but they could! The […]

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Preventing Barn Fires

Preventing Barn Fires Barn fires wreak havoc in many ways. In addition to the damage to business and livelihood, barn fires are a great danger to employees, neighbors, and livestock. It is crucial to take steps to prevent, as much as possible, barn fires from occurring. Barn fires can be caused by a variety of […]

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E.coli – Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment

Escherichia coli, or E. coli is distributed among poultry of all ages. The Escherichia bacteria is a natural inhabitant of the gut in poultry and most other animals. Normally, it is kept in check by other bacterium in the gut, but if large colonies form it can cause severe discomfort, illness, and mortality. E. coli is […]

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Water Consumption vs. Water Usage

Water consumption vs water usage Broiler chickens consume roughly two pounds of water for every pound of food consumed, making water the nutritional backbone of broiler performance. Having palatable, plentiful drinking water is always important, but perhaps even more so during periods of heat stress, when consumption increases to help regulate body temperature. Water consumption […]

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ASPECTS OF LIGHT FOR POULTRY PRODUCTION

ASPECTS OF LIGHT FOR POULTRY PRODUCTION: Birds sense light via the eyes and via the pineal gland, and through deep encephalic photoreceptors in the hypothalamus. Therefore, their circadian rhythm is controlled by changes in day length and light intensity. Successful farmers use this to manipulate the environment to maximize productivity. Breeders: Light stimulation is critical […]

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Management Minute – Broiler Weight Monitoring

Management Minute – Broiler Weight Monitoring Broiler weight is an important parameter when growing broilers.  After all, the end goal of raising broilers is to get as many birds to market as possible, using the least amount of feed, and producing the greatest amount of meat. With pressures on the industry to reduce antibiotic usage, […]

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How Proper Humidity Control Helps You Raise Healthy Poultry

How Proper Humidity Control Helps You Raise Healthy Poultry Raising and looking after poultry is a strenuous process that demands patience and dedication, regardless of whether you’re bringing up broilers or not. However, with the help of incubators, we can at least get embryos and hatchlings off to a good start. They have precise environmental […]

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Barn Technology Provides Peace of Mind

Barn Technology Provides Peace of Mind What’s operating your barn Your phone rings, it’s 3:00 a.m. and you’re awakened from a deep sleep. It’s every livestock producer’s nightmare…. the electronic “Barn Alarm”. Ask me how I know… because I’ve been the recipient of these calls and have had to make that gut-wrenching drive to the […]

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Sow Group Housing – Dine in or carry out

Sow Group Housing – Dine in or carry out Have you ever eaten at a restaurant that had a limited food buffet for one reason or another? My guess is you probably have, and I would be bold enough to say that you felt anxious, stressed, frustrated and angry. While you have the freedom to […]

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BIOSECURITY – It’s not just for livestock

BIOSECURITY – IT’ S NOT JUST FOR LIVESTOCK Let’s start by understanding what Biosecurity is. Bio meaning life and security meaning to protect, so the definition of the word Biosecurity would mean to protect life. This word has been common in most all livestock producer’s vocabulary for 30 plus years. We, as livestock producers and […]

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Why Humidity is Relative to Flock Management

Why Humidity is “Relative” to flock management Temperature and air quality go hand in hand with humidity, and all three directly result in a healthy flock, egg production and egg quality. However, humidity gets the least attention in the industry. Most, if not all growers, farmers, managers, and helpers directly related or responsible for a […]

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Caged VS Cage Free Egg Laying Systems

Caged vs Cage Free Egg Laying Systems The two common types housing used in the egg laying industry are Caged and Cage Free. Up until recently, the most common style in the United States has been the caged system. This system was efficient and a proven method to produced table eggs, but because of public […]

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Chain Tension, Feed Depth for Breeder Hens

Chain Tension and Feed Depth for Broiler Breeder Hens Chain feeding has been in use for decades. Typically, they require little maintenance, but can be a problem if the tension of the chain in the loop or the feed volume is not right for the birds and equipment. Chain Tension There is a certain tightness […]

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