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In recent years, we have seen how the notion of poultry cage farming has come under the spotlight, with more and more producers considering shifting towards alternative systems. This not only imposes a change at the structural level, but also in the handling of the animals as well as a sanitary control with new horizons. Management is the fundamental pillar of this new type of production and the important role that rearing plays in the success of future flocks must always be remembered.
Prior to transfer
The importance of the correct hygiene program is well known, but with this type of production, the exterior of the warehouse also comes into play, so the disinfection of the exterior park areas must be included in the cleaning, disinfection and biosecurity program. The characteristics of the park, as well as the previous history of the flocks, will determine the measures and actions to be taken.
Intestinal parasites – a new health horizon – take on special importance. Rotating the soil will allow parasite eggs deposited in the lower layers of soil to surface, rendering their destruction much easier due to exposure to the actions of UV light. They will also be more exposed to the action of disinfectants.
Inside the shed, it may be advisable to use some fine bedding material in order to facilitate the creation of a ground that mimics the exterior (for example sand), although it hardly needs to be a superficial distribution to avoid the formation of excessive layers.
Transfer and accommodation
The transfer to the laying shed is usually carried out between 15 and 17 weeks of life. Depending on the logistics of each center as well as the body weight and appearance of the birds.
The design of the shed in terms of light, ventilation and feed distribution must be as detailed as possible and always adapted for each flock.
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