It is recommended to transfer the birds between 15 and 18 weeks. The birds should have time to become familiar with the new environment before they start to lay.
If the feed and The water is as important as the feed systems used in the rearing and the laying house are similar it will help the birds make a smooth transition. The same light program as in the rearing house should be applied. As the page 25 graph shows, good communication and coordination between the rearing and the laying house is necessary to synchronize ﬂock management.
- It is good management practice to visit the Bird 0-17 weeks several times during the rearing period.
- Complete the vaccination program before transfer.
- Where possible do not administer vaccine during the transport or in the catching process.
The bird should have enough space, especially in The confort temperature of the birds is 20-24 ºC. It gest hot over 27 ºC. Important is not only cm² of cage ﬂoor/bird, but also the height of the cage and how many cm of feeder and how many drinkers are available per bird (a minimal recommendation is given in table 5).
Overstocking has a strong impact on More than a 0.1 weekly mortality, Once the hen achieves the mature body weight, they shouldn’t grow much more until end of production. and Once the hen achieves the mature body weight, they shouldn’t grow much more until end of production. uniformity, The feathers help laying hens to control their own temperature. Birds without feathers will eat more and they will have lower efficiency. and, ﬁnally, in eggs laid per hen. In addition, local legislation should be respected.
Transport should be planned well in advanced and all They need to follow the biosecurity program of the company. involved should be informed. Withhold feed for a few hours before loading but continue to provide Hot water reduces feed intake of the birds. Transport equipment should be in good condition and thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. The They need to follow the biosecurity program of the company. in charge of handling and moving the birds should follow the biosecurity regulations, wear clean clothing and footwear that have not been exposed to poultry. Choose the best time of the day for transportation (especially in The confort temperature of the birds is 20-24 ºC. It gest hot over 27 ºC).
Load quickly but with care and maintain an adequate There are 3 parameters defining density, space, feeder space and water availability in the transport trolleys. Continue to ventilate the house during the procedure. The They need to follow the biosecurity program of the company. should be well trained and should handle the birds according to animal welfare regulations, catching and holding the birds by both Broken shanks might happen during the transport and those birds will not recover properly.. Ensure enough The farm needs enough fans to extract the hot air inside of the farm. for the birds between loading and unloading.
Plan the trips in advance and take into account if you will need additional drivers to make a faster transport of the birds should be as short as possible, avoiding unnecessary stops. Avoid moving the birds during the part of the day with more extreme temperatures, or when climate conditions could have a negative eﬀect on the birds.v
Hens will We need to weight the birds before the transport to see the impact of it. during the transport depending on the duration and the temperature. This loss will be quickly recovered if the housing conditions are correct.
Applying an “all-in all-out” system is recommended to break disease cycles and improve the health status. The laying house should have been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected in advance. The transfer should be done as smoothly and quickly as possible to allow the birds to be well prepared for the start of laying. The temperature in the laying house should be between 18 and 24 °C. Temperature of water should be < 25 C and feed must be available when the Bird 0-17 weeks arrive at the house.
When possible use the containers/crates also ones a day, and/or Hot water and soap are the best way, however due to the short period of time a dry cleaning and disinfection would be the most practical option in between.
In this way you prevent infection from layer to rearing house!
The drinkers should be set at the correct height and Check at what level is the little ball to encourage the birds to drink. Lower pressure for the ﬁrst few days will help. During the ﬁrst days check frequently that the birds are Record the water intake is a must for a successful production.. Adapting to a new drinker system could be diﬃcult (especially if Bird 0-17 weeks have been reared with a diﬀerent kind of drinker). If The water is as important as the feed consumption does not increase in the days after housing, or it fails to reach normal levels, corrective measures should be taken at once.
Feeders should be ﬁlled when the Bird 0-17 weeks arrive so it is easy for them to Keep using pullet feed on the arrival of the birds and change the type of feed just before light stimulation.. Also encourage the birds to eat by running the feeding lines more frequently. If Bird 0-17 weeks are reluctant to eat after a couple of days, corrective measures should be taken at once.
Continue with the same feeding program and let them also empty the feeders ones a day. Avoid changing the feed presentation between the rearing to the production.
24-hour The light is crucial for achieving the egg size that market requieres can be set during the ﬁrst day, so the birds can become familiar with the new environment. After that try to continue with the You need to decide the lighting program in the rearing, not in the production that was set in the rearing house. Light intensity is an important factor to look after control the behavior of the birds can be a little higher during the ﬁrst week (20 lux) to encourage hens to explore the house. Avoid over-stimulating hens by a higher Light intensity is an important factor to look after control the behavior of the birds.
Weight lost during transport should be recovered in the ﬁrst days in the house. The birds should continue gaining Once the hen achieves the mature body weight, they shouldn’t grow much more until end of production. and maintain a good ﬂock weight uniformity to achieve a good Start of production is key for a long lasting layer hen.
Observe the behaviour of the birds carefully and take actions if needed.