Posted Aug 01, 2014
Poultry caring can be of three types: Broiler production, dual purpose or egg production. Cornish Cross breed is used for Broiler production. At adult stage they give a high turnover weight of about 4lbs to 5lbs. The care of Poultry starts from the housing of the poultry to the day to day care.
The housing is about 30 cm concrete flooring which consists of three block height around the circumference of the building. Mesh wires are use around the housing for ventilation and zinc roofing to prevent wetting of the housing and litter. A space of 1.0 m2 per bind is estimated for housing the birds and a width of 10 cm to accommodate over 100 birds. The housing should not be located in a valley were its cold and damp nor on a high ridge were its too much exposure to the wind.
When getting new stock of poultry the Broiler house is to be clean and sanitized. New litter is placed in the housing; the material used is rice hulks, wood shavings or ground corn cob. The litter should be deep to produce sufficient bacterial heat to dry the watery faces and kill parasites from the dehydration. A 250 watt heating bulb is placed in the Broiler house to provide a brooding temperature of 90 to 85 degrees F. The waterers and feeders are examined to ensure they are in good condition. Upon arrival of the birds they are placed in a broader area of the house. They are given vitamin and electrolytes for the first 5 to 7 days. The day old chicks are given Broiler Crumble for twenty eight days. They are also fed once per day in tray and small water bottles placed at ground level. As they grow older the birds are given broiler pellet twice per day until they are ready to be killed at week six. The water bottle is also adjusted to the back height of the bird as they grow.