Flock Management Tip: Understanding chick behaviour


If chick behaviour indicates that environmental conditions are not correct, adjustments to the environment must be made and behaviour re-assessed

Learn how to verify if brooding conditions are correct and chicks are comfortable. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Providing chicks with the correct brooding conditions will ensure they get off to a good start.

Temperature and humidity should be monitored regularly but one of the best indicators of correct brooding conditions is chick behaviour.

What are my chicks telling me?

-Environment too cold: Chicks huddle together or under heat source, and may be noisy and distress-calling.

-Environment correct: Chicks are spread evenly and noise signifies contentment.

-Environment too hot: Chicks move away from heat source, are quiet and pant, and head and wings droop.

Achieving correct environmental conditions during brooding will ensure:

-Good development of appetite, and feeding and drinking behaviour

-Increased chick activity

-A more uniform flock development

-Optimum health and growth.

To learn more, visit Aviagen.

African Farming

Share your story with us: +2348135229228 (call and SMS only) Email: [email protected], Complain about a story or Report an error and/or correction: +2348135229228 DISCLAIMER: Comments on this thread are that of the maker and they do not necessarily reflect the organization's stand or views on issues.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here