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Poultry Farming News

Early flock management to achieve a target egg size

Early flock management to achieve a target egg size

Egg size matters in free-range egg production, and it can be influenced by the farmer from the moment the pullets arrive on farm.

In episode eight of the Wynnstay Agri-Hub Podcast, my colleagues: Fiona Hunt, Steve Marriott and I joined host Tony Morris to discuss how egg size can be controlled through flock management in free-range egg production.   

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How to improve chicken egg quality

How to improve chicken egg quality

Did you know that approximately 2% of all eggs show some sort of defect, ranging from the barely noticeable to the very obvious.

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What does the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (Aipz) mean for poultry keepers?

What does the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) mean for poultry keepers?

Due to the recent cases of High Path Avian Influenza (H5N1) in both captive/commercial poultry and in the wild bird population, the governments of England, Wales and Scotland have declared Great Britain an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ).

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An overview of different Red Mite Treatment options

An overview of different Red Mite Treatment options

Red mite control options always rise to front of the mind as the weather warms up. Fiona Hunt, poultry specialist at Wynnstay, reviews the pros and cons of different control options for use in free range layers.

“Most flocks experience a level of red mite pressure, which can be expected to increase in late spring and summer as temperatures warm-up and conditions are more favourable for breeding,” says Fiona.

She explains that a multifaceted approach is required to control red mite, which should include a pre housing treatment and a planned control method to use once the birds are in, to keep the numbers as low as possible.

“A prescribed medicated treatment may also be appropriate should an infestation arise,” she adds.   

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3 point checklist for starting out in free range hens

3 point checklist for starting out in free range hens

With UK supermarkets pledging to move away from caged eggs, a new 16,000 bird shed will need to be built each week until 2025 to meet consumer demand. This creates an opportunity for farmers looking to diversify their business by producing free range eggs.

The egg market has a strong future, however getting started in free range egg production is a big investment, both financially and in terms of time associated with obtaining planning permission and managing the shed building. 

There are three key considerations for farms looking into setting up a free range system.   

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Top 10 tips to avoid and mitigate heat stress in poultry

Top 10 tips to avoid and mitigate heat stress in laying hens

The risk of heat stress in laying hens can be reduced and managed by focusing on ventilation, house temperature, feed and water factors, and by creating shade.

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Tips For Dealing With Red Mite In Chickens

Tips For Dealing With Red Mite In Chickens

As summer approaches and temperatures increase, the threat of red mite increases. Costing European poultry producers €360 million each year, red mite is not an issue to be swept ‘beneath the slats’. In this blog I share my insight into how to stop red mite impacting flock performance through prevention, monitoring and treatment strategies.

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The benefits of a pecking block during a poultry housing order

The Benefits of a Pecking Block During a Poultry Housing Order

In our previous blog 'How to Keep Your Birds Healthy through a Bird Flu Outbreak', we listed a number of ways in which you can keep your birds healthy during the Avian Influenza housing order. One area we recommended focusing on was flock enrichment, hens must be kept active in order to help reduce stress levels and avoid destructive and aggressive behaviour. 

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