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8

LOHMANN TIERZUCHT

MANAGEMENT GUIDE

8

General Recommendations

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

arrival.

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

without difficulty.

Reduce the water pressure of the nipples

in order to enable the chicks to find water

easily.

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).

Cage Systems

Adjust the cage floors and feeding

grids according to the manufacturer’s

instructions.

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

the house.

Trigger nipples/water cups to encourage

birds to drink.

Check the environment temperature at

bird level.

Be aware that no heaters or blowers are

pushing hot air on the birds.

Floor Systems

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

the litter.

HOUSING CHICKS