Avoid These Mistakes As A New Poultry Farmer
Having been a part of the poultry industry for over 40 years, we have seen all the mistakes you can make when venturing into the poultry farming business. This business is not only vulnerable to errors in business management, but the investment into livestock comes with a whole plethora of variables. We share our knowledge on the top mistakes to avoid making and if you have further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and experienced team.
Purchasing Livestock From a Bad Breeder
Unfortunately, dishonest breeders do exist in this industry and there are endless risks associated with buying your birds from a bad breeder. They will not only have limited knowledge of what they are selling to you but even worse they may purposefully mislead a new farmer. Buying the wrong sort of birds, or birds that are carrying disease and illness has huge repercussions on the success of your business coupled with a range of biohazard risks. Do your research and only deal with reputable and knowledgeable breeders, your flock will thank you in the long term.
Not investing in quality feed
Making the mistake of not feeding your birds properly (that is not feeding in time and with poor quality feeds) could lead to a reduction in the growth of birds, or egg production which will finally affect profits and income from your birds. Due to a high cost of producing poultry feeds, some producers have begun adulterating feeds in order to make more profits. When you feed your birds with adulterated feeds, your poultry birds will be affected badly. If you purchase feeds, take the time to source from a trustworthy feed producer or company.
Poor infrastructure and bird housing
A common mistake is not to invest in the housing. Keeping birds housed in dirty, poorly ventilated, and dark coops can lead to many health issues such as respiratory problems, mite/lice infestations, decreased egg production, and a host of other health issues and diseases. Make sure to keep poultry house beddings clean, and change it often. Make sure your coop is well ventilated with plenty of air flow. Light is also important. Do not keep your birds cooped up in a dark coop without natural light.