The administration of post-hatch supplements in broiler chicks

Forum: Evaluation of placement time and the administration of post-hatch supplements in broiler chicks

Published on: 10/18/2012
Author/s : CC da Silva1*, GA Gomes1, LF Araújo1, LC Garibaldi Simon Barbosa2, CS da Silva Araujo2, N de Barros Petroli1 - 1Facultad de Zootecnia e Ingeniería de Alimentos, USP, Pirassununga, SP, Brazil 2Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria and Zootecnia, USP, Pirassununga, SP, Brazil
Introduction For broilers to have a good development and express their full genetic potential, placing them as soon as possible in the house after hatch, as to prevent a negative quality impact is extremely important. According to Uni and Ferket (2004), poor chick quality can cost the poultry industry nearly US$200 million.  Even though It is known that the hatch-to-housing interval can impa...
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Tarusenga Munyanyi Tarusenga Munyanyi
Animal health technologist
October 18, 2012

Post hatch management of day old chicks determines the weight at slaughter. If birds do not start with good nutrition, water, lighting , heat these three things work hand in hand to produce enough weights and good broiler meat at 42 days. Feed need to have enough proteins, cabohydrates, and minerals and trace minerals water should not have coliforms or should not have heavy metals other impurities that will affect the uptake of the wate. light should be enough for birds to see the feed. Heat should keep the birds warm all the time so that they have time to feed and not crowding

November 20, 2012
Dear Sir,

I completely agree with you. Please also check the research library of the website There you can find interesting scientific articles that fully support your statement.

best regards,
Joseph Akayi Nammonywa Joseph Akayi Nammonywa
Animal Health
November 21, 2012

I agree with you sir,but farmers do not follow or go for quality Feed.  Insteady they start adding funny supplements and growth promoters.

November 21, 2012

I fully agree with you. Some other factors like hatchery born infections, coccidiosis, brooder pneumonia and feed with <5 ppb of aflatoxin, also place it's influence on market weight of broilers.

R.asha Rajini R.asha Rajini
Veterinary Doctor
November 21, 2012

As mentioned by Dr.Sankaralingam, many more factors are involved in obtaining a healthy broiler of good weight, but early chick nutrition is presently a hot topic, were chicks are fed in the hatcher so that no time is lost on obtaining nutrition by the chick. It is well understood that the first week of a broilers life when amazing growth takes place is the most crucial period. therefore nutrition is one of the most important factors to obtain a bird of required/ good weight.

January 15, 2013

Very interesting and informative article for poultry meat producers to strictly follow the right thing especial on the aspect of good a nutrition for doc, but in our developing country most farms do not want to follow a simple rule of getting the best, instead they prefer to cut corner in order to save cost and in doing so that at the end getting a negative result or incurring losses which lead to not restocking the flock again.

Dr.muhammad Zahid Farooq Dr.muhammad Zahid Farooq
Veterinary Doctor
February 14, 2013

I agree, but nontechnical farmars do not admit it. They carry on putting feed additive.

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