At first signs that the chicks are not fee-
ling well determine the reason, correct
the situation and check more frequently.
Check after 12 hours the crop if feed is in
it. Do it with more chicks to get a good
Environmental conditions have an effect
on the well-being and performance of the
birds. Important environmental factors are
temperature, humidity and level of toxic
gases in the air. The optimal temperature
depends on the age of the birds. The
following table is a guide to the correct
temperature at bird level. As mentioned
before, the birds behaviour is the best
indicator for correct temperature.
Always reduce temperature gradually, and
avoid sudden changes.
If the ventilation system is used to regulate
temperature, take care that the necessary
fresh air is supplied.
Table 1: Desired Temperatures at
Bird Level Dependent on Age
Day 1–2 *
* Body temperatures of 40–41 °C are the optimum for the
The relative humidity inside the house
should be about 60–70 %.
The air quality should meet the following
Table 2: Minimum Air Quality