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Poultry Signals

Monique Bestmanm Marko Ruis, Jos Heijmans, Koos van Middelkoop

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Author(s): Monique Bestmanm Marko Ruis, Jos Heijmans, Koos van Middelkoop

About The Book

Proper management starts with recognising signals in practice. For poultry-keepers, this means being alert when in the hen house, watching and listening to the animals, and paying attention to their behaviour as a group as well as their individual behaviour. This usually provides much information about animals’ health, well-being and production for poultry-keepers to use for improving economic results and the well-being of the animals, as well as their own. Poultry farming is currently investing in various new housing systems that require another type of management.

The book Poultry Signals is a practical guide that shows you how to pick up the signals given by you animals at an early stage, how to interpret them and which action to take.

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Author Monique Bestmanm Marko Ruis, Jos Heijmans, Koos van Middelkoop
Availability In Print
Dimensions 204 x 265 x 13 mm (W x H x D)
Extent 112 pages
ISBN 978-90-8740-079-8
Publication date 2011
Book Type Softcover



1. See more by looking more closely

  • Pick up the signals
  • Using the signals
  • Know yourself
  • What she wants
  • Bird Behaviour
  • Anatomy
  • Senses
  • Chicken sounds
  • Checking individual birds

2. The Chicken and her environment

  • Ideal Home
  • Choosing a system that works for you
  • Moving in
  • Perches
  • Litter
  • Climate under control
  • Skin temperature
  • Air
  • Light
  • Dust
  • Home of the range
  • The facts
  • How do you get them outdoors
  • Gimme shelter
  • Bad behaviour and problem pests
  • Covered range or winter garden
  • The early days
  • Quality of day old chicks
  • Assessment at 16 weeks
  • Light
  • Teaching good behaviour in aviaries
  • Vaccinations
  • The right way to vaccinate
  • From small to big in 18 weeks
  • Feather pecking during rearing
  • Beak trimming
  • Smooth transition

3. Laying Hens

  • Schedules are not written in stone
  • The ideal curves
  • Feed and feed management
  • Feed and light
  • Feeding in hot weather
  • Deficiency signal: eating feathers
  • What to look out for in feeding systems
  • Water
  • External egg quality
  • Internal egg quality
  • What makes a nest attractive
  • Avoid floor eggs
  • Gear management towards nesting peak
  • A second laying period?
  • Pecking, feather pecking and cannibalism
  • Difficult to reverse
  • Feather pecking
  • Cannibalism

4. Broilers

  • Checking the chicks on arrival
  • Ventilation
  • Distribution of the chicks in the house
  • Assessing your birds
  • Signals from manure
  • Poor litter
  • Feed signals
  • Drinking
  • Weak chicks
  • Identify causes of death
  • Broiler parent birds

5. Health

  • Disease signals
  • Biosecurity outside the house
  • Biosecurity inside the house
  • What seems to be the trouble
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Egg production problems
  • Locomotion organs disorders
  • Sudden increase in mortality
  • Summary of the main diseases
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Gut parasites
  • Worms
  • Red mites


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