Egg Industry - July 2018 - 10
10 ❙ EggIndustry
Egg producers discuss
cage-free production challenges
A panel of managers from four egg producers share tips and
lessons learned from their cage-free flocks.
Industry professionals sat down at the 2018 Egg
Industry Center Issues Forum to offer perspective on
the management of cage-free transition. Training, for
the birds and employees, is one of the keys for successful cage-free egg production.
Managing aviary systems
"Management of birds in an aviary system has
been a hot topic for a while now, and figuring out
how to get birds to succeed in these systems is a
challenge," said Darrin Eckard, complex manager
with Iowa Cage Free.
Eckard said that trying to follow the way
things have always been done is not going to let
the birds succeed.
"Think outside the box," he said. Being able to
change and adapt is a very important step to success, he added.
"Pullet-rearing success is the most important
key to get cage-free birds to understand how to
move throughout similar systems," Eckard said.
When a properly trained pullet comes to the layer
site, bird management is easier.
Pullet training includes movement in the syswww.WATTAgNet.com ❙ July 2018
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