Regularly empty, clean, and disinfect feed bins and avoid unnecessary build-up of dusty, stale, moldy, and unpalatable feed. Birds should be allowed to occasionally empty feeders to avoid feed build-up in the feeders and to allow the birds to consume the fines often left in the feed troughs. Order feed in good time to avoid running out of feed.
Upon feed delivery, before discharge, ensure that the correct product and quantities have been delivered and that it is delivered to the correct feed bin. During discharge, collect representable feed samples and label the sample bags appropriately before storage (preferably at -20°C or -4°F) for at least 3 to 4 weeks (i.e., until all the feed from the particular load has been consumed and no problems in production or egg quality have been reported). Inspect the feed visually for particle size, color, and smell and compare it with previous samples. In the event of a significant deviation from the norm, inform your feed supplier immediately. Consider returning the load and, if so, send a feed sample to an accredited laboratory for analysis to verify the suspected defect.
Periodically, feed samples should be sent to an accredited laboratory for analysis of nutrient content (e.g., moisture, amino acids, total fat, crude protein, phosphorus, calcium) and for comparison with the supplier’s guarantees.