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Beak Treatment

Beak treatment is one of the most important aspects of poultry management, especially in open-type houses with high levels of light. While various methods of beak treatment may be used, the objective is to treat the beak in a uniform manner that will permanently retard future beak growth. Improper beak treatment procedures may result in permanent damage to overall flock performance

Infra-Red Beak Treatment of Day Old Chicks

With the latest developed techniques (infrared technology) beak treatment already can be applied to day old chicks in the hatchery. This procedure should be done under very hygienic conditions by specially trained personnel. It is recommended to treat the chicks adjusted to the age of the PS flock, the chick size and breed.

7–10 Days Beak Treatment

The conventional method of beak treatment is to treat the beaks with a hot blade. Since pullets are reaching sexual maturity at an earlier age, it is best to beak treat at a young age. This will allow sufficient time for the pullets to recover from any body weight loss that may occur. For this reason any beak treatment after 10 days is not recommended. Later beak treatment in extremely hot weather may result in excessive bleeding. Add Vitamin K to the diet or drinking water a few days before and after the beaks are treated to help prevent excessive bleeding. After beak treatment it is recommended to increase the house temperature, to increase the feed level in the troughs and to reduce the water pressure in the nipple drinker lines. The use of so called 360° nipples is recommended.

Prior to the beak treatment operation, all equipment, including the beak treatment machine, should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. It is important that the beak treatment machines are properly adjusted and working correctly. Blades should be changed according to the manufacturers recommendations. Dull blades will crush and tear the beak rather than cutting cleanly through it. The quality of the beak treatment operation will depend on the care and maintenance of the equipment used. Correct maintenance of beak treatment equipment is as important as monitoring the treatment procedures.

Please keep in mind that country-specific regulations should be observed.

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