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Recent research looks into early broiler chick
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positively affect the end performance result by as much as
10%. That is, birds can grow either up to 10% more efficiently or faster throughout their life.
So, a boosted early start has longer-term beneficial
repercussions, and this is being realized (slowly but
steadily) by the poultry industry. First to capitalize on this
effect are small- and medium-sized producers who can
react faster, whereas large ones are more reluctant as they
depend less on labor and individual bird (or batch) performance and more on facility volume and throughput.
Nevertheless, specialty super broiler pre-starters, to
be fed the first four days post-hatch, are being slowly
introduced in the market. These "0-4 feeds" can be fed
up to seven days, but their cost-to-benefit relationship
is capitalized better when fed during the very first few
days post-hatch.
In most of the cases, these specialty feeds are fed in
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crumble form, and they can include a variety of ingredients and additives that are cost prohibitive for older
birds. But, when fed at such an early age, they allow for
a rapid development of the gut digestive system, boost
overall immunity and health and, in general, improve
chick quality. Lamentably, research on this critical phase
of a broiler's life remains scarce and inadequate.
All significant research remains the proprietary right
of commercial entities that invested in it and now want to
reap the dividends of their investment. A few (remaining)
truly public research institutions attempt to investigate
this new frontier in nutrition, and the remainder of this
discussion will present those that were reported during
the past European Symposium on Poultry Nutrition, held
in Gdansk, Poland, during June 2019.

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Timing of first feeding is important

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Fat quality affects digestibility

(Abstract 6.28; Kang et al., page 297)
A South Korean research group investigated the timing
of the first feeding on lifelong broiler performance.
It was revealed that offering feed almost immediately post-hatch (3 hours) significantly improved
feed intake and body weight at day 21, compared
to offering first feed at a later time - 12, 24, 36 or
48 hours. Whereas the latter two timing treatments
might seem exaggerated, they occur when chicks must
travel significant distances between the hatcheries and
growing facilities. In addition, the above researchers
verified that early feeding enhanced gut maturity
and blood biochemical profile, all leading to a better
chick. From this research, it appears that 12 hours is a
golden compromise, but 24 hours and above is where
we must pay attention as we start stressing the chick
irrevocably.

(Abstract 6.25; Jimenez-Moya et al., page 296)
Spanish researchers investigated the quality of fats
offered during the early life of broilers. They fed diets
varying in degree of fat saturation (from 15% to 38%)
and free-fatty acid (FFA) content (from 11% to 67%).
They found out two significant aspects: first, as the
degree of saturation increased, total fat digestibility


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Poultry International - February 2020
Contents
Editor’s Comment
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Top 11 European poultry producers
The key to successful broiler chick brooding
VIV MEA expanded for 2020 show in Abu Dhabi
Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
Understanding the entire poultry gut microbiome
FeedStrategy.com launches Animal Feed Formulations Library
5 broiler early nutrition research highlights
6 issues set to shape 2020 poultry feed production
VICTAM Asia a total animal feed and health event
How today’s larger broilers impact processing operations
Products
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Poultry International - February 2020 - Fast food chains ponder impact of plant-based proteins
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Poultry International - February 2020 - 4 ways to manage biofilm in poultry drinking water
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