The most crucial period of a chick’s life - brooding

Published on: 04/21/2008
Author/s : Munawar Ali

Brooding is the most crucial, critical and decisive period in a breeder chick’s life. Especially the first two weeks. This period has a great impact on future performance of the flock. More than 50% is decided in this period as to how a flock performs for the rest of its life. Mistakes made during this period cannot be corrected later on. If this period is managed correctly, the genetic potential ...

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Julio Roberto Lopez Figueroa Julio Roberto Lopez Figueroa
Agro Engineer Zootechnist
April 21, 2008
Es posible hacer uso de calentadores de ambiente con carbón o madera como combustible???
Existen experiencias tanto para clima cálido (20 - 30 grados centígrados) como para clima frío (10 - 20 Grados Centígrados)??

Is it possible to use environment heaters with coal or wood as fuel??? Is there any experience in hot (20 - 30ºC) and cold (10 - 20ºC) weather??
Munawar Ali Munawar Ali
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
April 22, 2008
Dear Julio Roberto,

Thanks for the question. We have used coal and wood heaters long time in Pakistan.
Unfortunately it become very difficult to make even temperatures throuhout the shed. The air quality is also very poor when we use these kinds of heaters. I have a 27 years practical experience of rearing birds. Frankly speaking these are not suiable for modern management of the birds.

If you have other question please do not hesitate to ask me.

With kind regards,

Dr. Munawar Ali
Dr. K.S. Arora Dr. K.S. Arora
Veterinary Doctor
April 22, 2008
In Northern India temperatures in winter go down as low as 0 degree Celsius and during summer as high as 48 degrees. Nearly 90 percent farmers use sawdust fired heaters with excellent results. The only condition is appropriate number of heaters, proper distribution in shed, good quality of sawdust, and the frequency of igniting the heaters at proper intervals.
Munawar Ali Munawar Ali
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
April 23, 2008
Dear Dr. K.S. Arora,

Very glad to see your comments.
The temperatures you mentioned are exactly the same in Pakistan. As I mentioned earlier we have used these kinds of heaters many years, but ultimately we came to conclusion that it is very difficult to have uniform temperature througout the shed. The temperature near the heater is more as compared to some distance. You are exactly right that we can put more heaters but even than you cannot have required temperature every whare. Another problem is taht you will have to fill these heaters all the time (day and night). There is wastage of energy because there is no thermostatic controls on heaters. Many times if it is not handled correctly a lot of smoke may be gathered in shed, which may cause respiratory problems.

Waiting further comments about the article.
With best wishes and regards,

Dr. Munawar Ali
Ezaz Munsur Ezaz Munsur
B. Sc. In Animal Husbandry
July 12, 2019

Thanks for your valuable and informative article.

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