Follows the life cycle of broilers and the signals that producers can use to identify issues in health, well-being and yield. Useful for producers and students.
Broilers are fast growing animals that need constant care. There is no time for correcting mistakes; mistakes mean high costs.
The prevention of mistakes is therefore crucial. Proper management starts with recognising signals in practice. For broiler-keepers, this means being alert when in the poultry house, watching and listening to the animals, paying attention to their environment and their behaviour as individuals and as a group. This usually provides important information about their animals’ health, well-being and production. This information helps poultry-keepers to improve their economic results, the well-being of their animals and their own.
This book helps you recognise the signals your birds are giving. For the poultry farmer this means being alert in the broiler house, observing and listening to the birds. It is important to observe individual birds and the flock. Contains information about the signals that the broilers give off, and how they indicate health and wellbeing. For example, when the chicks are spilling too much feed, what does this mean? The difference between abnormal, runny droppings and dirty feathers, and how these signify other issues with the flock.
The book Broilers follows the life cycle of these fast-growing animals. Every stage is discussed separately and points out an important issue specific to that stage. The focus lays on animal-oriented procedures, thus the book is vital for poultry-keepers and anyone involved in poultry on a regular basis.
This book is part of the Poultry Signals series. You can find all of the books here: https://www.contextbookshop.com/poultry/poultry-signals-series
Global Poultry Consultant
Academic Adviser Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
University of Ghent, Department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Avian Diseases
Maarten De Gussem graduated as a Doctor of Vetenirary Medicine from University of Ghent Veterinary School in 2000 with a thesis on Infectious Bursal Disease Virus at the University of Arkansas, USA.
In 2009, Vetworks was founded by Maarten, servicing the poultry industry with a global team of specialists and providing support on poultry health topics all over the world, with focus on mycoplasmosis, general gut health and coccidiosis.
He began working in the field at DEGUDAP group practice in France, The Netherlands and Belgium, dealing with layers, breeders, broilers and turkeys. In 2001, Maarten joined the division of J&J Global Poultry Technical Manager at Janssen Animal Health, with focus on coccidiosis, gut health, helminthosis, histomonosis and red mite.
Besides his work at Vetworks, Maarten is also an academic adviser at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University. And a member of scientific committees of Poultry Mycoplasma Conference and of IHSIG Conference on Poultry Intestinal Health.
SECTION ONE: Seeing more by looking more closely
SECTION TWO: The broiler's environment
SECTION THREE: Preparing for the new cycle
SECTION FOUR: Week 1: Getting off to a good start
SECTION FIVE: Week 2: Further growth and development
SECTION SIX: Week 3: Gut health and development
SECTION SEVEN: Week 4: Focusing on breathing
SECTION EIGHT: Week 5: Leg quality
SECTION NINE: Final phase and slaughter
SECTION TEN: Parent birds
This book weighs: 630g
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