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Family Flock Nutrition & Management 2008 Why Do We Own Birds? For Viewing Pleasure? For Show? As Pets? For Eggs? Getting Started Chicks never get over a poor start Basic preparation increases success Home environment topics: Dry Correct Temperature Spacing H 2 O & Feeders

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Family Flock Nutrition & Management

2008







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Getting Started

  • Chicks never get over a poor start

  • Basic preparation increases success

  • Home environment topics:

    • Dry

    • Correct Temperature

    • Spacing

    • H2O & Feeders


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Environment

  • Keep it clean…keep it dry!

  • Warm, dry housing – make it draft free

  • Make it predator proof

  • Clean & Disinfect Everything Before Chicks Arrive

    • House, Waterers, Feeders

  • Bedding 2-5” Deep (Wood shavings, straw, etc.)

  • Disinfect Regularly




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Temperature

  • Avoid the “Big Chill”

  • Day Old Chicks – pre-heat area to 90º -95º with heat lamp/light bulb approx 20” above chicks

  • Place thermometer at chick level

  • Comfort can be observed

    • If chicks huddle together under light – it’s too cold

    • If chicks huddle in corners – it’s too hot

  • Reduce 5º each week until 65º minimum




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Spacing

  • No “Crowding” Allowed!

  • Hatch to 6 weeks –

    • Allow 0.8 – 1.5 sq. feet per chick

  • 6 Weeks and Older

    • Allow 1.5 – 3 sq. feet per chick

  • Watch growth rate to allow for more room




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The Importance of H2O

  • Disinfect waterers prior to use – then weekly

  • One 1-quart fount per 25 chicks

  • Use fresh, cool (not cold) H2O – refresh daily

  • Dip beaks to induce drinking

  • Elevate waterer after 1st week

    • Reduces contamination

    • Waterer should not be higher than chick’s back

  • Double H2O capacity at 6 weeks




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Starting “Other” Poultry

  • Turkey Poults:

    • Slow to understand eating & drinking: monitor

    • To get started – dip beaks in H2O & feed

  • Ducklings/Goslings:

    • May swim in H2O after 4 weeks

    • Keep dry until then

    • Place marbles in waterer to reduce splashing


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Nutritional Hot Topics

  • Color!

  • Show birds:

    • Want bright feathers & shanks

  • Layers/Broilers:

    • Want yolks & meat that doesn’t look “store-bought”

  • Sources:

  • Marigold extract

  • Corn, corn gluten


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Behavior Issues:

  • How many of you have experienced

  • “Cannibalism or Feather-picking?”

  • Caused By:

    • Poor nutrition

    • Overcrowding or Overheating

    • Very bright lighting

    • Boredom & or Longer daylight hours


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Corrective Measures

  • More space

  • Better ventilation

  • Less light

  • More feed, water

  • Scratch feed

  • Feed form


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Behavior Issues

  • How many of you have experienced “Egg-eating?”

    • Starts by accident

    • Very difficult to stop

    • Thin shells

    • Not enough nest material

    • Eggs in nest too long


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Corrective Measures

  • Gather eggs frequently

  • Feed adequate calcium

  • More nesting material

  • Cull problem birds


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Family Flock Product Line

  • All SunFresh® Recipe Diets Contain:

  • Natural plant proteins – no animal proteins or by-products

  • Proprietary level of Vitamin E for healthy immune system

  • Proprietary level of Marigold Extract to enhance coloring


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Start & Grow® SunFresh® Recipe

  • Feed from hatch to lay (18-20 weeks)

  • 18% protein for proper start

  • Medicated Option Available with Amprolium

    • To prevent coccidiosis

  • Excellent for layer chicks


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Flock Raiser® SunFresh® Recipe

  • Excellent feed for meat birds (broilers)

  • Feed from hatch to market weight

    • Can be fed to turkey after 8 weeks

  • 20% protein

  • Available with Amprolium

    • Will not harm ducks


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Layena® SunFresh® Recipe

  • Pellet, Crumble, or Mash for hens

  • 16% protein

  • Elevated levels of Calcium & Manganese for strong shells

  • Not medicated

  • Excellent feed for all adult birds


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Scratch SunFresh® Grains

  • Simple mix of 2 or 3 grains

  • 8% protein (not for layers)

  • Feed for “fun” - not nutrition

  • Should not be more than 10% of adult birds diet


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Supplemental Feeding

  • FLOCK BLOCK™

  • Similar to Scratch

  • Whole Grain Supplement

  • Restores Pecking Instincts

  • Going on Vacation?

    • Try Flock Block™

    • 25# Block

    • Feeds up to 25 birds for 2-3 days (maybe longer)


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Turkey Poults

  • Game Bird Startena®

  • Feed from 0 – 8 weeks

  • 28% protein

  • Not medicated

  • From 9 – 18 weeks

    • Feed Flock Raiser®


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  • New recipe for Purina’s premium poultry feeds

  • Takes “natural” to a whole new level:

    • No animal proteins or fats

    • Highest quality natural sun-grown grains and plant proteins

    • Natural with vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients (amino acids)

  • Healthier chickens and wholesome eggs


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  • Standards

  • No animal proteins or fats (use only natural plant proteins)

  • Natural – with vitamins, minerals and other trace nutrients (amino acids)

  •   Only the finest ingredients from approved ingredient suppliers

  •   Industry-leading standards for ingredient selection and handling

  •   Proprietary infra-red ingredient screening process


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  • Standards

  • Superior standards ensure constant nutrition from batch to batch

  • No hormones

  •   Top research guidelines

  •   Employee Quality Training Schools

  •   Over 200 quality inspections on each batch of feed

  •   Precision manufacturing procedures

  •   Finest product testing



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The End.

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