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their adult lives. Potters Poultry said closely matching the two settings can lower the stress of the move
and avoid delay in the onset of egg production.
Another mistake in pullet rearing can take place
shortly after releasing pullets into the litter area. Dr.
Anna Concollato, of FACCO's poultry science technology department, said allowing pullets to try and roost in
the system by themselves, without picking them up and
placing them in the system, can hamper their ability to
learn how to move up into the system and roost. In the
days after releasing the pullets, they must be physically
placed in the system to learn how to move into it.
Not doing the homework
Dr. Nestor Adriatico, director of technical services for Hendrix Genetics, said some farmers
are picking a breed of bird that isn't primed for success
in a cage-free environment, which can lead to more
mislaid eggs, aggressive behavior and higher flock
mortality. He said these errors can be avoided by working with a breeding company, and possibly conducting
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BE RAISED in an
the layer house.
hens will not
additional research, to figure out which breed will do
best in the cage-free environment.
Salmet said farmers and their staff need to remember that cage-free production requires a new mindset,
and they should not expect to be able to manage a cagefree house the same way as a conventional operation. If
farmers are still considering which equipment to purchase, they shouldn't pass up the chance to work with
a company that offers additional management training
with experience starting up cage-free operations.
CAGE-FREE EGG FARMING IS difficult even
for veteran farmers. Learn from others'
mistakes to make the transition smoother.
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