Importance of Antibiotics and How Often to Administer them to your Birds

Antibiotics are targeted against particular disease conditions and are supposed to be used only when there is such disease at hand. So, it is not supposed to be used routinely. Use antibiotics for your birds only when they are sick and that should be under that supervision of your Doctor/Expert. However, there are times when antibiotics are used for prevention but even at that, let an expert guide you to know when and the type of drug to use. For some farmers who may wish to know if they can…

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Importance and List of Poultry Vaccination

Some poultry farmers say that they have raised some number of birds in the past without vaccinating them and lost only very few then they ask if poultry vaccination is necessary? Well, I like to say lucky you. The fact you should know about vaccines is that they are not to cure diseases, rather they are to prevent poultry diseases. This means that it is possible whether you use vaccines or not for diseases not to come. If poultry diseases decide to come, then your poultry vaccination will help a…

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Difference between Poultry Vaccines and Poultry Drugs

Poultry vaccines are biological of which when administered produce antibodies against disease-causing organisms in the body of the animals while drugs are chemical substances of which when administered to the animals destroys the disease-causing organisms in the body of the animals thus curing the animals the infected diseases. Poultry vaccines are only used in disease prevention while drugs can both prevent and cure diseases. There are already scheduled times when vaccines can be given to birds on their age. It is therefore advisable that as you are purchasing your Day…

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How to Identify Poultry Sick Birds and Cure Them

Broiler poultry feeds formulation

With regards to how to identify poultry sick birds and cure them, well since sickness is an abnormality, immediately you begin to see abnormal changes in the birds, you start to think of sickness. The changes normally include failure to eat well, sluggish movement, change in color of their feaces, some may be sneezing, some coughing and the climax is unusual death (mortality). Any or all of these should make the farmer suspect diseases. When some poultry farmers ask if all diseases of birds are curable with drugs, well the…

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How Often to Wash Poultry Feeding Equipments

Washing poultry feeding troughs and drinkers is the first duty of every poultry farmer/attendant every morning. They must be washed every day before fresh feed and water is served. This should be done with detergents and rinsed thoroughly. There are diseases birds can get through water of which the list of the diseases will be endless if we choose to name them. Therefore, good water hygiene must be maintained to ensure the water given to the birds does not become the source of their diseases. Go for water testing to…

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Best Source of Water for Poultry Birds

From whatever source you are getting your water, the basic fact is that the water must be cool, free of germs and without any chemical. Well water, Tap water and borehole water sources are not bad for your birds provided they are cool, free of germs and untreated. Avoid giving hard water to your poultry birds and in order to know if your source of water is free of germs and without any dangerous chemical, the best way is by doing water testing which is also applicable to feed testing.…

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Ideal poultry feeding troughs you need

Ideal poultry feeding troughs you need

It is essential that poultry birds are given enough poultry feeding troughs so that all of them can have access to the feeds and also to prevent rushing for feeds which will make the press on one other and eventually death. A feeding trough for 50 birds is highly recommended which means that you need to calculate that to the number of feeding troughs you will need for 500 birds and so on. Ideal feeding troughs are determined by the age of the birds. This is to prevent the birds…

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How Often to Feed your Poultry Birds

It is advisable to ensure that poultry feeds do not finish completely in the feeding troughs at all times, therefore give them enough feeds at least two times in a day. Example: early in the morning and later in the afternoon. Also make sure that the quantity of feed served to them is such that will give all of them access to the feed. Sometimes most poultry farmers always want to know if it is good to serve birds feed at night. Well as in the case of layers, the…

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How to determine the quality of your poultry feeds

How much to spend on feeding your poultry birds

Often times poultry farmers always want to know how they can know if a particular poultry feed is good or not for their poultry birds. Well things that are not good in a feed ranges from bad quality ingredients, contaminated ingredients and bad milling environment. The best way to know the quality of your feed is to go for feed analysis and test for the contents of the feeds and for the possible microbes which may be present in the feeds. As for where you can do your feed testing,…

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How much to spend on feeding your poultry birds

Ideal poultry feeding troughs you need

Generally, feeding your poultry birds take about 60%-70% of the total cost of raising a bird. For instance, to raise pullets from Day Old to the point of lay, you are likely to have spent around #750 in Naira using Nigeria as a case study or its equivalence in your own currency per bird. So be prepared to 60%-70% of #750 Naira or its equivalence on the feeds. You can then multiply this by the number of birds you like to raise. Also note that starving birds for just an…

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