Weight gain as a percentage will slow in this period, but the chicks will continue to grow and develop. Most of the skeleton and muscular systems have already been formed by now and fat disposal will now begin to improve. A correct fat level in the body is necessary to achieve the production peak. Overweight birds will face many issues in production. The feed intake is higher than in previous weeks. The birds may be given a more diluted feed. If birds are within the weight standard or slightly above:
If birds are under the weight standard:
During the last weeks of the rearing period, the nutritional requirement is not very high. However, it will change dramatically in the ﬁrst weeks of production. To help the hens deal with this challenge it is beneﬁcial to train them to increase their feed intake during the end of the rearing period. To do this, try:
Gizzard with (left) o without (right) feed intake training
Attn: this is only possible if the hens are kept at the right stocking density and there is enough feeder space.
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