Every day proceedure for managing a poultry house.
Get into the habit - or train your manager into good habits. Chickens are creatures of habit and so should your management of them. A well managed poultry house will ensure you get a great return on your investment - ignore these tips at your peril. I have seen a house with 30 000 chickens fail because of careless daily proceedures - you do not want to see 30 000 birds start dying - once it starts there is very little you can do.
CHICKEN SHACK AGENCIES
BROILER FARM - MANAGEMENT
15. NORMAL WORKING DAY
21.1 06h45 on entering site all employees to shower and change into site clothing and commence duties at 07h00.
21.2 Mark wage attendance register - Asst. farmer / farmer.
21.3 Switch off outside security lights.
21.4 Check the condition of the electrical fence.
21.5 Open poultry house at control room.
21.6 Replace foot dip with fresh contents.
21.7 Check house temperature reading on the ET 5B temperature controller unit.
21.8 Check the house light clock for correct setting.
21.9 Check on the control panel for abnormal occurrences.
21.10 Open the side poultry house door and check on well - being of birds. Are the lights on? Is water open? Anything out of ordinary? Is feeder line OK? Remedy any immediate problems and report to the farmer.
21.11 Switch on the water supply to the header tank.
21.12 Start the feeder system.
21.13 Begin mortality collection while checking for birds getting trapped in feeder corners, check the drinkers, the state of the floor bedding, that dummy feeders are not bridging and feed is not getting spilled.
21.14 Remove moralities and culls and enter the figures on the house pen card.
21.15 While the birds feeding, to observe the conditions in the house, namely feed level sides, feeder lines height, bell drinker height, bell drinker water level, house environment conditions (temperature in the house, ammonia levels and ventilation) globes and the bird health with behavior.
21.16 Record temperature readings.
21.17 Weight feed out into the feed bin and dummy feeders for the next day.
21.18 Dust globes, fanjet socks, and feed dump scale and control panel.
21.19 Sweep and clean feed bin area plus control room area.
21.20 Take bucket and wash the drinkers and also set the correct water level in the drinkers.
21.21 Litter management (turn litter).
21.22 Test weighing.
21.23 Clean gate house - inside and outside.
21.24 Housekeeping 9 grounds maintenance) - clean around houses and fence lines.
21. NORMAL WORKING HOURS
21.25 Sweep all concrete pads and aprons around all poultry houses and gatehouse.
21.26 Check site security fence and test alarm.
21.27 Test runs the standby generator with load.
21.28 Remove culls and sexing errors.
21.29 Dispatch culls.
21.30 Adjust feeder and drinker height.
21.31 Service feeders.
21.32 Water control: (1) header tanks to be washed and flushed & (2) and test chlorine levels in water.
21.33 Rodent control: - (1) check baits stations for activity (2) and complete rodent control form.
21.34 Check and adjust cycle timer for minimum ventilation.
21.35 Make sure settings are correct for low and high alarm conditions, and that the alarm is working.
21.36 It is also required to assist the vaccination team when vaccinating / grading an individual house.
21.37 Switch on all outside security lights and lock all poultry house doors.
21.38 All the keys to be locked up in the key cabinet.
21.39 All employees to shower out.
21.40 Gatehouse outside lights on and all windows are closed and all doors are locked.
21.41 Report any problems to the farmer on duty.
21.42 Asst. farmer / farmer on duty to check security guard.
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