"About 10 years ago I visited a farm abroad to solve a problem. There was a flock of hens of 34 weeks, but the customer had put in a lot of roosters: 20% instead of the usual 10%. So many roosters were chasing the hens that they didn’t have any feathers left on their back. A hen without feathers often means that a rooster is less successful in mating. Getting a heavy rooster on your bare back is not pleasant at all. ” Wim Peters is a Poultry Specialist with 30 years+ of experience working at Vencomatic Group, he regularly helps broiler (breeder) farmers. For example, how to manage their roosters and hens to ensure optimal performance of the birds.
What challenges do you face when defining what good rooster management is?
"The biggest challenge in broiler breeder growth management is to get enough chicks hatching from the eggs, i.e. it requires fertilization. After all, an unfertilized egg is worthless. To get as many fertile eggs as possible good rooster management is essential, which means getting the right ratio between hens and roosters as well as providing dedicated feed management for hens and roosters, these will be outlined below:
- Bad vs good roosters: You should remove 'bad' roosters as soon as possible. For example, when they are no longer fertile or cannot compete with other roosters. They can often be recognized by their bleak comb and wattles, hanging wings, or by their dull expression. A rooster has to show dominant behaviour, he has to protect his hens. A good rooster shows himself: if he hides in the nest, this is usually a bad sign. Although it is unlikely the hens in his harem will be mated by other males, this can still happen by accident….
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