44 44 Feed strategy When devising a feed strategy, the bird’s natural habits should be con- sidered: There is an initial drive for feed first thing in the morning, with the bulk of feed requested in the latter part of the day. We also want the birds to clear the tracks at least once in the day. This can be subjective and we must be careful not to restrict feed as this can impact development and produc- tion. Block/Double feeding This is simply the method of running two feeds in close succession, primarily used to improve uniformity. This is an effective tool when used correctly however care must be taken not to simply ‘top up’ the feed in the tracks as this can lead to selective eating. Night time feeding This is an additional feed that could be run during the dark period. It should only be used in extreme circum- stances and not impede your regulatory bodies guide- lines on available night and day hours. It can be effec- tive when feeding in high temperatures and when body weight gain is an issue. Follow local laws and regulation of your county. For advice please contact your local LOHMANN TIERZUCHT technical representative. LOHMANN TIERZUCHT › MANAGEMENT GUIDE › FEEDING & NUTRITION 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Feed Run Time Example Daily Consumption Trends (% of daily feed consumed) 6 am to 8 pm daylight hours 13% 8% 7% 9% 10% 12% 18% 19% Darkness Midnight Snack Light 16 h 3 h 3 h 2 h 5–7 hours 7–9 hours 9–11 hours 11–13 hours 13–15 hours 15–17 hours 17–19 hours 19–21 hours