Best Practice in the Breeder House: Transfer (Rear and Move)24 May 2016
Where rear and move facilities exist birds are transferred out of the rearing facilities and moved to the laying facilities before lay commences. This process must be managed carefully to avoid losses in body weight and flock uniformity, reduced breeder performance, welfare and even increased mortality.
Best practice management of the transfer process starts about 2 weeks before the birds are moved with transfer planning and continues until about 5 days after transfer with monitoring the birds to ensure they have settled into the laying facility.
Best Practice for Transferring Broiler Breeders
|1||Prepare. Ensure the laying house is laid out ready to receive the flock well in advance. Minimise environmental and equipment differences between rear and lay facilities.|
|2||Ensure birds can find feed and water easily and quickly upon arrival.|
||Monitor crop fill and bird behaviour after transfer to ensure birds are eating and drinking and have settled in well to the new facilities.|