When breeding laying hens, they usually enter the pre-laying period in the fourth month, and the peak egg-laying period is around 5 weeks. It is very important to manage the eggs at this time, so what should be done? Here we share with you the key points of feeding management before egg laying.
1.Transfer the flock at the right time
Laying hens should be caged before 18 weeks of age so that they have enough time to get familiar with the environment. If the cage time is too late, it may cause some chickens to stop laying and may lead to yolk peritonitis and other diseases.
Vaccinations such as Newcastle disease, egg reduction syndrome and avian influenza should be done before caging.
After entering the Retech chicken cage, deworming should be done properly, both inside and outside the body.
Add appropriate amount of vitamins and antibacterial substances to the feed to reduce the stress reaction of the hens.
2.Conversion of egg-laying materials
During the growth process, the weight of laying hens will increase and their reproductive system will gradually develop. During this growth stage, the demand for calcium is relatively high.
Therefore, we need to change the egg-laying feed at the right time, usually at 18 weeks of age.
Add the right amount of vitamins to the feed, do not restrict the feeding, and fully meet the feed needs of the growing hens.
Let the hens feed mainly freely and make sure there is always feed in the trough when the lights are on.
At the age of 18 weeks, if the weight of the hens reaches the standard, the light time should be increased by half an hour every half month or so.
Until the peak of egg production, the light time should be about 16 hours a day.
If the weight of the chickens does not reach the standard and the development rate is slow, then the feeding should be increased and the light time should be increased. During the egg-laying period, the light time should not be shortened and the intensity should not be weakened.
The environment of the chicken house during the egg-laying period also has a great influence on the egg production.
First of all, we must control the temperature, which is in the range of 14-22 degrees for laying hens. The temperature range should not be exceeded, especially in summer when the maximum temperature should be kept below 30 degrees, otherwise it will easily lead to heat stroke.
Then, pay attention to keep the indoor air circulation and the surrounding environment quiet to avoid noise, which may reduce the egg production rate of the hens. It is important to maintain the stability of the basic breeding environment such as feeding, drinking water and lighting.