health in birds.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by andybest007, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. andybest007

    andybest007 Hatching

    Feb 8, 2014
    Hello guy,

    I am new on this forum and I am making an arrangement to own a poltary farm.
    right now, my area of concentration is HEALTH IN BIRDS.
    Starting from day 1 in a bird's life circle, I want want to know how to manage there health, the kind of vaccine, peroidic medications and how often they can be applied for present illness and prevention.

    Your response would be greatly appreciated.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    By poultry farm, do you mean a large broiler or egg operation with tens of thousands of birds or more in the hundreds of birds?
    Will they be free ranged, housed 24/7 on the floor or caged?

    If it is the latter, you can avoid vaccines and regular medications entirely. Some of it will also depend upon your location.
    Management will be completely different if you are in Minnesota, Louisiana, Sub-Saharan Africa or Singapore.
    In other words there is no single answer.

    A good starting point would be Gail Damerow's - "The Chicken Health Handbook".

    For a large operation you'll need more in depth information:
    Chicken Nutrition: A Guide for Nutritionists and Poultry Professionals by Rick Kleyn
    Interfacing Immunity, Gut Health And Performance by Dr Julie Taylor-Pickard and Dr Lucy Tucker
    Formula for the Future-Nutrition or Pathology by Edited by J.A Taylor-Pickard, Z. Stevenson and K. Glebocka
    Metabolic Disorders in Poultry by Leeson, Adams and Summers
    Poultry Diseases Influenced by Gastrointestinal Health by G Lorenzoni
  3. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Welcome to BYC.
    Here are some links for you to read:
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2014
  4. andybest007

    andybest007 Hatching

    Feb 8, 2014
    it is a large poltary farm starting with about 3,200 birds and the primaro purpose is for egg production.
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    This forum is not the best place for you to get information. There are a few people on here that can help and we’re always glad to talk to fellow chicken owners, but the vast majority of people on here are pet chicken owners or people with just a handful of hens for eggs. A whole lot of the information you’ll get just won’t apply to your situation.

    If you are in the US, my suggestion is to call your county extension agent and talk to them. You can find them in the phone book under county government or contact information should be online.

    Not all agents are the same, but what should happen is that the agent should provide information him/herself or much better, put you in touch with an expert in that area of expertise.

    Another question is what kind of model are you looking at? What kind of eggs are you going to produce? How are you going to market your eggs? Are you planning on raising hatching eggs, organic eggs for a Farmer’s Market or some “Whole Foods” or natural food store, or the commercial supermarket? That’s going to be a lot of eggs. All stores where you sell them are going to have pretty rigid rules for what you have to do for them to contract to buy your eggs. If you tie up with a major egg producer, they will help you set up to meet their requirements. That will be in the contract you sign. So figure out where you are going to sell them and work back from that for a minimum set of requirements.

    Your state will have specific rules too. The extension agent should be able to help you find out what those are if you don’t get real guidance from where you are selling the eggs.

    I understand your specific question is on health of the birds. That’s exactly what I am talking about. Your county extension agent should be able to help you with that and the place you are selling your eggs will have specific requirements for that too.

    That is a fairly major enterprise. I applaud you on your initiative and wish you the best of luck.
  6. andybest007

    andybest007 Hatching

    Feb 8, 2014
    Hi Ridgerunner,

    I am in Nigeria, and egg demand here is very high, I suppose you know a lot about the Nigerian market, my marketing strategy is standard and how the egg would be distributed is not an issue.
    I just need to know what to do so as not to experience a high death rate.
    Your contribution is highly appreciated...


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