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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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getting started
Getting Started
  • Chicks never get over a poor start
  • Basic preparation increases success
  • Home environment topics:
    • Dry
    • Correct Temperature
    • Spacing
    • H2O & Feeders
environment
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
temperature
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
spacing
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
the importance of h 2 o
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
starting other poultry
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
nutritional hot topics
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
behavior issues
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
corrective measures
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
family flock product line
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
start grow sunfresh recipe
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
flock raiser sunfresh recipe
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
layena sunfresh recipe
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
scratch sunfresh grains
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
supplemental feeding
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)
turkey poults
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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Why Purina Mills’ natural is better
  • Our guarantee of quality
  • Exceed industry standards for ingredient quality and handling, manufacturing and final product testing
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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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