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32

LOHMANN TIERZUCHT

MANAGEMENT GUIDE

32

Hygiene

Set up the farm at a safe distance from

other poultry houses and fence in.

Keep birds of only one age group and no

other poultry on the farm.

Allow no visitors to enter the farm.

Wear only the farm’s own protective

clothing within the farm area and also

provide clothing for veterinarians, service

andmaintenance workers, and consultants.

Disinfect boots before entering the houses.

Use bulk feed if possible. Do not allow the

truck driver to enter the houses.

Safeguard the houses against wild birds

and vermin. Keep rats and mice under

constant control.

Dispose of dead birds hygienically. Follow

local laws and regulations.

Daily Control

Check at least once daily:

Health status

Temperature

Ventilation

Feed and water consumption

Lighting

Mortality

When assessing the state of health, do

not just go by the general impression and

mortality rate, but also take note of feed and

water consumption as well as the texture of

droppings.

Water Supply

Clean water is equally as important as good

feed for top performance. Therefore fresh,

clean, potable water must be available at

all times for the layers and an adequate

consumption must be always assured. A

water meter is a very useful tool to inspect

water consumption.

The optimum water temperature is about

20 °C. Furthermore feed and water intake

are closely correlated. If the birds don’t drink

enough water for any reason, the feed intake

reduces consequently.

The water to feed ratio at comfort

temperature is around 1.8–2 : 1, but this

relation increases up to 5 : 1 at high ambient

temperatures above 30 °C. During exposure

to high temperatures, birds consume less

GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS

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