Brooding to Maximize Genetic Potential

Table of Contents

  1. Pre-Placement
  2. Barn Set Up
  3. Poult Placement
  4. Post Placement

Pre-Placement

  1. Yes / No. One age of poultry.
  2. Yes / No. One species of poultry.
  3. Yes / No. Other poultry facilities in your vicinity.
  4. Yes / No. Brooder barn cleaned, washed, disinfected.
  5. Yes / No. Manure removed from farm.
  6. Yes / No. Rodent program.
  7. Yes / No. Bio-security program.
  8. Yes / No. Barn wild-bird-proofed.
  9. Yes / No. Log- or sign-in book.
  10. Yes / No. Program to control insects.

Barn Set Up

  1. Yes / No. Foot bath/disinfectant at entrance.
  2. Yes / No. Waterlines super chlorinated and flushed.
  3. Yes / No. Shavings for bedding.
  4. Yes / No. Single brooder stoves/rings.
  5. Yes / No. Brooder ring 12 ft. in diameter.
  6. Yes / No. Barn pre-heated 24-48 hrs. prior to poults.
  7. Yes / No. Brooder stove temperature measured (95-102ºF).
  8. Yes / No. Hospital ring.
  9. Yes / No. Drinkers - 80-100 poults/drinker.
    • Yes / No. 1 linear inch of space/poult.
  10. Yes / No. Additional drinker for first 3 days.
  11. Yes / No. Feed space 1-1.5 linear inch/poult.
  12. Yes / No. Automatic feed lines used.
  13. Yes / No. Additional feed trays available (egg trays).
  14. Yes / No. Light intensity @ 60-70 lux and dimmable.
  15. Yes / No. Incandescent bulbs used.

Poult Placement

    1. Yes / No. Poults placed in one day.
    2. Yes / No. Poults from a single breeder flock.
    3. Yes / No. Poult placement above 10,000 poults.
    4. Yes / No. 275-300 poults per brooder ring/stove.
    5. Yes / No. Poults placed before 2 p.m.
    6. Yes / No. Post hatch supplement used.
    7. Yes / No. Additional labour for placement and brooding.
    8. Yes / No. Grit provided.
    9. Yes / No. Poults beaks trimmed.
    10. Yes / No. Poults spur and toes treated.
    11. Yes / No. Hatchery infection used.
    12. Yes / No. Poult delivery distance.

Post Placement

  1. Yes / No. Feed or water medication used.
  2. Yes / No. Feed top dressed more than 2 times daily.
  3. Yes / No. Feed intake measured.
  4. Yes / No. Drinkers dumped 2 times (min) daily.
  5. Yes / No. Drinkers washed daily.
  6. Yes / No. Water lines flushed daily.
  7. Yes / No. Water consumption recorded daily.
  8. Yes / No. Water chlorinated and levels recorded.
  9. Yes / No. High low temp recorded daily.
  10. Yes / No. Static pressure ventilation system used.
  11. Yes / No. Air movement provided.
  12. Yes / No. Circulation fans used.
  13. Yes / No. Mortality picked up and recorded daily.
  14. Yes / No. Poults given more space gradually.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Doug McGhee/Cold Springs Farm Ltd.
Creation Date: 01 March 2002
Last Reviewed: 10 June 2010