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  1. Family Flock Nutrition & Management 2008

  2. Why Do We Own Birds?

  3. For Viewing Pleasure?

  4. For Show?

  5. As Pets?

  6. For Eggs?

  7. Getting Started • Chicks never get over a poor start • Basic preparation increases success • Home environment topics: • Dry • Correct Temperature • Spacing • H2O & Feeders

  8. 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

  9. Totally Enclosed/High & Dry

  10. Open Air Ventilation/Curtain Sides

  11. 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

  12. Adequate Temp Control

  13. Inadequate Temp Control

  14. 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

  15. Spacing

  16. Spacing

  17. 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

  18. Plenty of Feeders/Waterers

  19. Not Enough Feeders/Waterers

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Corrective Measures • More space • Better ventilation • Less light • More feed, water • Scratch feed • Feed form

  24. 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

  25. Corrective Measures • Gather eggs frequently • Feed adequate calcium • More nesting material • Cull problem birds

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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)

  32. Turkey Poults • Game Bird Startena® • Feed from 0 – 8 weeks • 28% protein • Not medicated • From 9 – 18 weeks • Feed Flock Raiser®

  33. 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

  34. Why Purina Mills’ natural is better • Our guarantee of quality • Exceed industry standards for ingredient quality and handling, manufacturing and final product testing

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. Has this bird been eating Deer Chow® AntlerMax®?

  38. The End. Questions?