Broiler Management

Forum: Broiler Management. The First 24 Hours

Published on: 09/09/2008
Author/s : G. D. Butcher, DVM, Ph.D.; and Amir H. Nilipour, Ph.D. - Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida
More than 30 billion broiler chicks are produced worldwide on an annual basis. Fifteen billion of these are produced in the Americas. Due to the poultry industry's tendency towards more intensive production practices and increased automation, the tender loving care once afforded to chickens in grow-out has been replaced with a mass production mentality. As a result, newly hatched chicks are often ...
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Dr. Karki Kedar Dr. Karki Kedar
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
September 9, 2008
Very innovative information for broiler mangement.
Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
September 25, 2008
This is an excellent and informative article of statistical relevance on Broiler management. The article clearly illustrates the huge role of America in global Broiler production if she produces 50% of global output.
With a world population of 6 billion it will mean that per capit annual world available Broiler will be 5. In reality, this statistical situation is never attainable in many parts of the world and especially in the third world countries.
The glearing difficulty of achieving a 2.5 kg per capit Broiler in many Africa countries is a pointer to the lopsidedness of broiler meat production worldwide.
America as the food basket of the world has a leadership responsibility of ensuring even distribution of broiler meat globally through technical support programme and capacity development to improve efficiency.
In this regard, the escalating cost of feed raw material is a matter for closer attention.
October 8, 2008
This is a well presented article with critical information on Broiler production. If we can reduce the incidence of Nutritional Dip in the first 24-48 hours, then the birds will start on a better plain of nutrition to perform to there genetic potential.

The problem with sugar in water supplements provide Energy to the chicks, but also encourage growth of micro-organisms which in turn can compromise and challenge the chicks immune system.

This was the main factor in developing a Liquid Called Ashkan Poultry Tonic with Nucleotides, approved in South Africa, to deliver in a water soluble and bioavailable source of Vitamins, Trace elements, Amino acids, electrolytes, essential fatty acids and Nucleotides to help the chick to kick Start its metabolisim and immune function. This product does not block drinkers and is totally water soluble.

This helps with performance in the first 24 hours and hence final performance results.
October 8, 2008
This article provide a detailed information about broiler production. You can give Glucose instead of Sugar in drinking water. You also start early feeding to avoid strees. You should also maintain humidity in the shed 65-70% to avoid dryness in the house which may leads to dermititis. Avoid dust by spraying water on the liter which is a source of respiratory distress.
Arshaq Ramzee Arshaq Ramzee
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
December 3, 2008
Excellent article and all praise to authors who converted this highly technical and researched material into simple language to make it easy for ordinary poultry farmers. Their study on different brooding temperature is great and one can see, a little difference in temperature in the first week can make a big difference in the end result.

But it is never felt good when someone try to promote his commercial products by using the comment board.
Dinabandhu Joardar Dinabandhu Joardar
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
Novus International Novus International
Missouri, United States
December 4, 2008
The nutritional requirements for first two days of chicks life is different from rest of life. Significant improvements can be made in immunity development, mortality reduction and weight gain when this need is correctly addressed. Novus International has developed innovative program for meeting the requirements of the chick in first 48 hrs of life with clear demonstrable affects. Contact us. Rgds.

Dina Joardar, Regional Poultry Specialist
Novus International, Bangkok.
December 5, 2008
It's very interesting and clear that monitoring the birds in the beginning of the flock period is essential. Especially the monitoring of water and feed consumption, but also to keep track on the bodyweight and how the birds are gaining.

See for this subject in our article: Why Weigh Broilers (click on the title). 
Doctor of veterinary medicine
January 6, 2009
Excellent management article on broiler production. Adding a probiotic in the water also helps in gut health of the chick, along with sugar.

All said and done, the manager -who is responsible- should have good sense and keen observation.

Dr Sushanth Rai
Raisons Breeders
January 6, 2009
Dear Dr.,
Thank you for your interesting article. It is an important to give more attention to one-day-old chicks to get better results at marketing.

I don't prefer antibiotics after the spread of probiotics in the last years. It's now recommended that probiotics are better than antibiotics to get a healthy chick with low costs and safe for human nutrition.
Best regards,

Dr Khalid Mahrose
January 12, 2009
Really a wonderful article to read. Especially the effects of temperature on body weight and FCR differences were informative.

Oyedele Oyewumi Oyedele Oyewumi
Technical Marketing Manager
January 14, 2009
This is an excellent article on broiler production. Its amazing to discover that United States of America produces 50% of the world population of broilers. This article should not be limited to research institute alone, but should be disseminated to other farmers, especially in the developing countries.
Alabi Kehinde Alabi Kehinde
Animal Nutritionist
February 9, 2009
This is a must read article for any broiler farmer that want to be successful.
February 14, 2009
Information about water is commendable. Nice article, sir.
February 17, 2009
Nice article, but short on air humidity, especially if low (as I had problems in broiler reared in cages)...
March 9, 2009
Simply brilliant.

It is a pointer to the fact that the start determines the end result. For the broiler to end healthy, quality attention MUST be given during the first 24 hours of life.

I surely have learnt from this.

Tobalase, Adegbite
Lagos, Nigeria.
November 19, 2009
Vary good article for the poultry profesionals
Rajasekaran Kannusamy Rajasekaran Kannusamy
Veterinary Doctor
January 20, 2010
The article rightly enlightened the importance of first day of life broiler chicks, rather than working very hard in later days to achieve the optimum performance. So, the producer should be right on target before he gets the chicks in his facility.
April 8, 2011
Nice article
Ing. Dragan Ionut Ing. Dragan Ionut
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
November 28, 2012
Hello Dr. Butcher.
I am one of yours student from Romania and i am very happy to see you .On the first period of chicks life , from your oppinion what do you prefere- timer ventilation or variable ventilation? Thank you.
Dr. K. M. Ehasanul Islam Dr. K. M. Ehasanul Islam
DVM, MS(Theriogenology)
March 18, 2013

I think this is a outstanding topics for Broiler management practice. Thank you sir.

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