Guidelines to Poultry Farming

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GUIDELINES

Get Financing for your Poultry Farm to Start Quickly
Setting up a poultry farm requires a lot of money, as poultry farming requires an expanse of land a hectare or more wide. You would also have to procure a large herd of chickens that are more than hundreds in number in order to generate the proper returns in income. Fortunately, you can avail yourself of loans that are offered to those that are starting or even those that are already in the business. The loans can be used to cover these aspects of the business: Start-up costs for the farm

Construction expenses
Animal feeds
Operational expenses that need to be paid urgently.

Getting Your Poultry Farm Compliant With Regulations
Another important preparation is to comply with regulations. If you plan on engaging in free range farming, then you have to make sure that the operations of your farm and the treatment of your chickens comply with regulations that are formulated for businesses like yours. Check with your local government agencies regulating laws and regulations promulgated for poultry farms.

Adequate Medical Coverage for Your Chickens
Chickens are just like your children and other animals. To ensure continuous production of chicken and eggs, your chickens should be regularly checked by veterinarians to ensure their health. Sick chickens will negatively affect your production, so it is important to have adequate medical coverage for your poultry animals.

FAQs
Q. How much floor space required per chicken?
A. It depends with the chicken type. 3 sq ft needed for light chicken and 4 sq ft required for general purpose chicken. Q. How many types of chicken sheds are used these days?
A. Most popular ones are the cage sheds and floor sheds are the ancient ones. Q. What is the shed area required for 10,000 birds?
A. 30,000 sq ft house is needed for 10,000 chickens, if you prefer cage type shed then the built-up area will be 4000 sq ft to 7500 sq ft depending on the type of cage you use in your poultry farm. Average space needed for a bird in cage type shed is from .4 - .75 sq ft.

CHICKEN BREEDS/STOCK TO RAISE

The following can be used as a guide in selecting the foundation stock to raise;

* Stock should only be purchased from a reliable hatchery or franchised dealer where the parent stock are well-housed and well-managed. * The kind of stock to buy depends upon the purpose for which it is going to be raised. * Chicks should be free from diseases and deformities.

* Chicks should have uniform size and color and in the case of broiler chicks should not be less than 33 grams at day-old. * For a start, a popular strain raised in the community can be selected as it is an indication of the birds good performance under existing farm conditions. * For broilers, choose those that have high livability and are fast growers. * For layers, choose those that have good egg size, high egg production and long productive life.

The following are the strains of day old chicks that are now commercially available;

Egg Type & Meat TypeSources of Stock

1.) Arbor AcresSan Miguel Foods Inc. Population centre Building Nichols Interchange, Makati City Tel. No. 878-4042 2.) BabcockSarmiento Agricultural Devt. Corp Sarmiento Bldg II, Pasong Tamo Ext, Makati City Tel No. 816-7461 3.) Lohman Console FarmsBatuhan, San Miguel Bulacan 2 Samat St. Quezon City Tel No. 731-1842

4.) StarbroUniversal Robina Farms CFC Bldg Bo Ugong, Pasig Metro Manila Tel No. 671-8303
5.) Avian JAKA 211 Pasong Tamo Makati City
Tel No. 844-7209/845-0236
6.) Avian Swift RFM2nd Floor RFM Bldg Pioneer St. Mandaluyong City Tel No. 631-8101
7.) Pilch-DekalbGeneral Milling Corp. E.Rodriguez Avenue Pasig, Metro Manila Tel No. 819-545/671-9943
8.) Avian/HubbardTyson Agro Ventures 179 Mariano Ponce Kaloocan City Tel No. 366-5213

The following space requirements may serve as guide;

LAYERS
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