Source: Cackle Hatchery Many things affect an egg’s shell color, texture, and strength. Among them are improper nutrition, environmental stress, age, and disease. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons why chickens lay eggs with abnormal shells. Poor Nutrition Improper...
Elanco Animal Health is launching a three-part webinar series called “Let’s Talk Layers” aimed at helping producers take on important industry challenges for 2022 and beyond. The series, presented by experts from across the global layer industry, invites producers and...
By Cade Cameron, cade.cameron@iowastatedaily.com Every year the Egg Industry holds an Issues Forum in April, however, the dates have changed. The Egg Industry Issues Forum decided to move its dates to Nov. 8-9, 2022. This forum is an annual event...
In the egg industry, the sex of day-old chicks is determined at the hatchery. Sexing chicks (determining whether they are a hen or a rooster) requires considerable skill and is done at this very early stage to determine their...
Lagoons are often used in manure-handling systems that remove livestock waste from barns in liquid form. The design of lagoons is unique: they are the only manure storage systems with a treatment volume intended to reduce solids incorporated into...
Poultry production activities have significant effects on virtually all aspects of the environment, including air, water, land/soil, biodiversity, and climate change. The impact may be direct, putting stress on the bird’s ability to maintain homeostasis, or indirect, such as...
Egg production on a small scale is one of the oldest animal farming enterprises in recorded history. A small investment may yield several years of income.   Egg production is one of the oldest animal enterprises and is well-suited to a...
Tip 34 The process of converting a fertile hatching egg into a chick is dependent on getting several key factors right.
Tip 33 The best way to look after hatching eggs is to collect them from the nests as often as possible (ideally 4-5 times per day), disinfect the shell surfaces, let them cool evenly and slowly and then hold them...
One of the miracles of nature is the transformation of the egg into the chick. Not every avian eggs hatch in 21 days. See the chart below for incubation periods for other fowl. The duckbill platypus is the only mammal...
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