Poultry International - March 2018 - 27
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energy and all nutrients to grow or produce efficiently.
Otherwise, nutrient deficiencies will occur, leading to
reduced performance, nutritional abnormalities and
possibly death. Thus, just feeding corn to poultry might
have been what our grandma used to do, but recall those
hens used to graze. If you pen them up without the ability to supplement their diets from nature, they will soon
become protein (and vitamin and mineral) deficient, and
start pecking at each other's feathers! So, a complete diet
is required for confined poultry, whereas a supplement
is required for birds that are allowed to graze or offered
some form of food waste. Again, a local advisor/consultant should be inquired as to what is best under specific
Super-dense diets or normal ones
Feeding a super-dense diet (or the one recommended
by the genetic houses) might not be the most profitable
solution for a local family farm in a developing country.
An adjusted diet might be a more logical solution from
many points of view. In addition, feeding maximal
performance diets implies birds are housed in the most
modern facilities, receive top-notch management, enjoy
maximal health benefits and a host of other variables
that might not be possible in a small back-yard operation.
Thus, having a super-powerful feed might be a simple
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waste of money if birds cannot utilize it because other
lacking variables limit their growth or productivity.
Normal or niche?
Producing normal broilers or eggs might be what
a start-up business should aim for. This is a business
decision. But, if imports from neighboring countries
make such business impossible, then an alternative solution is required. For example, if eggs can be imported
for 10 cents and local production cost is 18 cents, it is
not reasonable to start a business to compete with such
low-cost products. Instead, local advisors will recommend setting up a business that offers a local advantage.
Perhaps village buyers would prefer to spend a few cents
more if they know their eggs come from hens that graze
on green pastures, if only because this coincides with
their traditional notion on how chicken are kept. There
are many such ideas, and it is always best to consider
Managing aviary birds
is easier than you think
* Easy management
* Perfect egg quality
* Optimal house layout
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