Beak Trimming Handbook for Egg Producers: Best Practice for by Lloyd Thomson PDF

By Lloyd Thomson

ISBN-10: 0643092560

ISBN-13: 9780643092563

ISBN-10: 0643093532

ISBN-13: 9780643093539

The Beak Trimming guide for Egg manufacturers is an easy, useful advisor to beak trimming of egg-laying hens to minimise cannibalism. It offers complete details on why birds peck and the way pecking may end up in difficulties like cannibalism; the equipment on hand to beak trim birds; why a specific process can be selected; and at what age birds can be trimmed. The ebook addresses quality controls of beak trimming, allowing egg manufacturers to be convinced that gear is correctly organize, that birds are dealt with and trimmed in line with most sensible perform and farm biosecurity is maintained. administration of birds following beak trimming, to guard of the welfare of the birds and to make sure greatest productiveness, is roofed intimately. Best-practice, present equipment of beak trimming, expenditures of trimming and how one can lessen using trimming are tested, besides anticipated destiny advancements. the benefits and downsides of beak trimming are totally explored, overlaying either public and attitudes to the operation. possible choices to beak trimming are canvassed to appreciate how using outfitted units, enrichment units, abrasives, low lighting fixtures and the alternative of low-pecking lines of birds can decrease the necessity for beak trimming. ultimately, the ebook discusses recommendations for minimising cannibalism and the way the selected approach can be documented and justified.Please observe that this booklet is spiral-bound.

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Poor trimming will result in birds not being able to eat properly; food wastage will occur, either because they cannot pick up the feed or eating is painful. Such birds die from starvation or produce poorly. A shallow depth of feed in the feeder can impair egg production if the hen has a lower beak that is 1 cm longer than the upper beak. Adequate feed depth in troughs must be maintained for flocks with long lower beaks. Beak-trimmed birds need access to open water troughs, as the birds may take time to re-adjust to nipple drinkers.

How much involvement do you have in providing instructions and monitoring the beak-trim process? Set-up Biosecurity Handling Records Communication Trim length None Some Close None Some Close None Some Close None Some Close None Some Close None Some Close Best practice • • • • • Use a QA program. Use accredited beak trimmers. Provide clear instructions to beak trimmers. Monitor the progress of the beak-trimming team. Provide feedback to the beak-trimming team. indd 36 31/1/06 10:15:33 AM 4 Managing beak-trimmed birds Careful management of birds during and after beak trimming reduces mortality and the cost of production.

The beak trimmer must work to ensure problems are minimised and the birds’ behaviour returns to normal quickly after the job. It is especially important that the beak trimmer watches the birds after they are trimmed to see if their behaviour is normal. g. flightiness or inactivity). Things to check for include: • bleeding • injuries • beaks poorly cut • smothering by other birds. The trimmer should check each bird before releasing it. Some trimmers will isolate birds with problems immediately, whereas others will pick them out from the flock later on.

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