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Flock management tip for broilers: What are my chicks telling me?

This is the second in a new series called "Flock Management Tips" presented by Aviagen.

by 5m Editor
11 April 2019, at 10:57a.m.

Providing chicks with the correct brooding conditions will ensure they get off to a good start. Temperature and humidity should be monitored regularly but one of the best indicators of correct brooding conditions is chick behaviour.

Achieving correct environmental conditions during brooding will ensure:

  • Good development of appetite, and feeding and drinking behaviour
  • Increased chick activity
  • A more uniform flock development
  • Optimum health and growth

If chick behaviour indicates that environmental conditions are not correct, adjustments to the environment must be made and behaviour re-assessed.

Environment too cold: Chicks huddle together or under heat source, and may be noisy and distress-calling.
Environment too cold: Chicks huddle together or under heat source, and may be noisy and distress-calling.
Environment correct: Chicks are spread evenly and noise signifies contentment.
Environment correct: Chicks are spread evenly and noise signifies contentment.
Environment too hot: Chicks move away from heat source, are quiet and pant, and head and wings droop.
Environment too hot: Chicks move away from heat source, are quiet and pant, and head and wings droop.