Before bringing in the chicks, check that
everything is in good working order.
Warm up the house in good time up to
35–36 °C. In summer start heating at least
24 hours and in winter at least 48 hours
before the chicks arrive. When the right
temperature has been achieved, supply
minimum ventilation. This will avoid
temperature differences within the house.
Use minimum ventilation to supply fresh
air. As soon as it is possible start with more
ventilation for better climate.
Maintain the recommended temperatures
(35–36 °C) during the first 48–72 hours.
Watch carefully the birds behavior. Birds
should be active at least one 12 hours after
Relative humidity should be at least 60%
(60–75 % is optimal).
The right height of the drinkers must be
adjusted to allow the chicks to drink water
Reduce the water pressure of the nipples
in order to enable the chicks to find water
Keep drinking water temperature between
20–25 °C by temporarily flushing the nipple
drinker lines or renewing the water in the
chick founts (for at least the first 3 days).
›Follow the recommended lighting pro- grammes (refer to page 27).
Adjust the cage floors and feeding
grids according to the manufacturer’s
Place sheets of paper on the cage floor for
the first days and distribute a bit of feed on
this paper. The papers must be removed
by day 7.
Unload all chick boxes and distribute them
in the house. Remove all lids and place
them on the top of the boxes.
Quickly place the chicks near feeders
and drinkers. Distribute the chicks evenly
among the cages starting at the far end of
Trigger nipples/water cups to encourage
birds to drink.
Check the environment temperature at
Be aware that no heaters or blowers are
pushing hot air on the birds.
Before arrival of the chicks, litter should
be spread only after heating the house,
when the floor has reached the optimum
temperature. Softwood shavings or straw
make suitable litter.
After arrival, place chicks under brooders as
soon as possible.
Measure the brooder temperature by
placing the thermometer 8 cm inside the
outer edge of the brooder and 8 cm above