Raising Replacement Pullets for Small-scale Egg-production Enterprises


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Poultry producers who raise their own replace-ment pullets have better control over the growth, condition, and development of the flock. The qual-ity of the pullet flock will have a direct effect on the subsequent level of egg production. The two most important quality factors for a replacement flock are proper body weight and uniformity. Pullet weight at 6 weeks of age has been shown to influence subsequent egg production. Once the pullets start to lay, it is too late to solve problems from poor nutrition or management during the pullet-rearing period.

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