For producing the new flock, most important are first seven to ten days after placement. During this time you need to make sure that all required measurements are taken care off. Since pinpointing single problem is hard, you need to make sure that all preparation points are done right.
Between two flocks you need to clean the house. Remove all filters that you have, was both ceiling and sidewalls and all equipment. After the building is cleaned, disinfect everything. Everything has to be washed and sanitized from the previous flock.
Make sure that you have properly cleaned the drinkers with citric acid in order to remove all bacteria that may kill or bind vaccines introduced to the new flock. Some people look at sanitation as something extra but this is actually most important investment to ensure that you future flock is successful.
Check all equipment to be sure that everything is working, check all heaters, drinkers, fans and feeders. Service, repair or purchase every part of equipment that is broken or not working as it should be. Preparation is crucial in order to evade mechanical failures.
Cold chicks don’t go to feed and they may starve if the temperature is not right. Make sure that at the chick height temperature is between 80 and 90°F (26 to 32°C). Turn on the heaters long enough to make sure that floor is comfortable. If you notice coolness, the birds will be chilled. Don’t forget that their body temperature is 106°F (41°C).
Provide plenty of water space for your flock. In case that you are using nipple drinkers make sure that the light is in right level so chicken can see metal nipple. If there is not enough light chick can find it hard to find drinker nipple and they may dehydrate.
Water should be at the right temperature between 80 and 85 °F (26 and 29°C) especially when new chicks arrive. If water temperature is lower, turn on broaders or furnaces earlier in order to prevent chilling the chicks.
On the first day when new chicks arrive, they need to eat. Encourage them to feed by providing fresh food. Make sure that automated feeders is running because the sound of it will attract them. Manage the feeder so that feed is evenly spread through the house.
Feeding time must be consistent on a daily basis because birds are creatures of habit. They had to be comforted by the same routine each and every day in order to trive. Chickens will adapt to every daily routine, but best performance is achieved when they get the same pattern daily. Many poultry people wear even same clothes whenever they go to check the flock.
Chickens must receive specific amount of feed every day. By calibrating your scales, you will be sure that your birds receive right amount of feed. Purchase quality equipment and do proper maintenance.
Most practiced method of delivering vaccines to the flock is by water. This is the most used and abused method because it is often poorly executed. As a result, you will have low disease protection if not executed properly. Secret to successful water vaccination is getting all the chicken during water within a two hours of vaccine.