THE IMPORTANCE OF CULLING IN MODERN POULTRY FARMING: AN OVERVIEW

THE IMPORTANCE OF CULLING IN MODERN POULTRY FARMING: AN OVERVIEW

The importance of culling in modern poultry farming: An overview

 
In poultry farming, culling refers to the identification and elimination of birds that are deemed not to be of sufficient value/profit to the farm. This is not a one-time job and it is advised that every farm does it regularly.

In this article, I will explain to you why culling is important if you want to have a profitable poultry business. Don't hesitate to make a  investigation to identify more.

Why should you cull your bird? 

First, as a farm owner, you don't want to waste your feed on unproductive birds. Feed is expensive, so removing non-productive birds from your flock reduces your production costs. This improves your return on investment since costs have been reduced.
 
Second, in many cases, culling can be done to remove infected birds from the flock. This can help stop the spread of disease in healthy birds thus preventing losses on your farm.
 
It helps to bring uniformity to your flock. As you continue to remove sick birds, you create space for good birds, which has many benefits in itself, as it reduces competition between birds for space/resources available. This will improve the growth and productivity of your birds.

Read also:HOW TO STOP WATERY WHITISH, GREENISH, BROWNISH-YELLOW AND BLOOD STAINS IN YOUR CHICKEN DROPPINGS FOR A FULL RECOVERY.

 When should you cull your flock?

 As I explained above, culling is not a one-time job. Every poultry farm should have a schedule for culling its birds. This can be weekly, monthly, etc. depending on the size of the flock and the reason for the process. For example, sick birds are often killed to prevent the spread of disease to healthy birds in the event of an outbreak (probably every day). 

On the other hand, removing unproductive birds might have a more lenient schedule (Say, once per week).
 
However, I highly emphasize that the schedule entirely depends on the needs of the farm owner and the underlying reasons for carrying out the operation. 

Since you have read this, prepare yourself for the different ways you can use to cull flocks as I will discuss them in the next section.
 
How to cull your flock? 

There can be many ways to cull your flock. I will discuss the most popular methods used in the poultry farm to carry out this work. Here we go;
 
1. Culling by sight:

Involves culling and keeping pullets while being place in q layihg house to eliminate undersized .underdeveloped, weak, crippled or sick birds. disease birds that have little chance of becoming good laying hen. The amount of space in the laying house affects the number of birds killed. 

For each light chicken, allow two and a half to three square feet of floor space, and for each heavy chicken, three to four feet.
 
Cull any bird with permanent deformities caused by injury or genetic defects, such as crossed beaks, drooping feathers, blindness in one or both eyes, or deformities anything that would prevent the bird from mating or getting food, water or a nest. region. 

The best solution is to remove these birds from the flock as soon as you see them. This will stop feeding birds who have little posibility of developing into good laying hen,

2. Culling by individual examination. 

After being placed in a laying house, birds from the commercial egg laying operations are not culled unless they are infected or disabled. Eight to 10 weeks after being placed in the laying house, the chicks from the flock will be culled. 

This gives the birds enough time to get used to their new environment and produce at the highest level. This also allows for slower growth over time to develop. By examining the condition of the comb and other key characteristics, you can often identify birds that are not laying or producing eggs.
 
The physical characteristics of the bird will show if it can be an excellent layer. 

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Summary

Culling removes unhealthy birds from your flock. There are many reasons to cull your flock, such as saving water and feed costs, preventing the spread of disease in your birds, creating space for healthy birds, and giving your flock the same air.
 
The frequency of culling depends on the reason for the work and every poultry farm should have a continuous program for gathering its flock.

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