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Increase Egg Production Efficiency in Laying Hen

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Are you facing problems related to poultry egg production?

Are you wondering why there’s a sudden drop in egg production in your laying hen? Or why your Birds are not laying eggs yet?

Before wondering how you can get your birds to lay eggs again or how to increase egg production in commercial layers, it’s best to understand why there’s a decrease in yield in the first place.

Behavioural, environmental, nutritional and stress factors can cause fluctuations in the rate of egg production. All these factors are controllable, and understanding thesefactors can help resolve egg production issues.

Zagro’s range of products for the protection and nutritional solution of poultry address the common reasons that affect egg production of poultry layer.

Factors Affecting Egg Production of Layers

Here are the most common factors and the Zagro products that can be used to avoid reduced egg production. (Scroll down below to view the range of products that can address specific issues.)

1. Fluctuations in Weather (Heat stress)

Slightest deviation in temperature can affect egg production, and extreme changes in weather can greatly affect chickens. When the weather approaches the colder months, the days are shorter which affects egg production, while in the summer months, it’s heat stress that can lead to significant health and welfare problems. The optimal temperature for egg laying range from 65° F to 75°F(18° C to 24° C).

Product to use: Nilstress

Nilstress is a water-soluble supplement powder containing vitamins and electrolytes that addresses heat stress typically brought high temperature under tropical condition.

2. Overcrowding

Overcrowding of layer houses is another common reason why hens might stop laying eggs. Keeping too many chickens in a small area can cause stress in chicken which will result to reduced egg production.

Product to use: Amilyte 

Amilyte is a water soluble powder that has a formulation of vitamins, electrolytes and amino acids. Used as a supplement to promote growth and health in poultry, it can improve fertility, egg production and hatchability in poultry layers.

3. Molting Phase

Chickens typically stop laying eggs during their molting phase. When chickens are losing their feathers and re-growing them, take this time to help build up their nutrient reserves. Even when they are not laying eggs, it’s important to support chickens through the molting cycle by providing them a high-quality diet.

Product/s to use: Amilyte

Amilyte - A water soluble powder that has a formulation of vitamins, electrolytes and amino acids. Used as a supplement to promote growth and health in poultry, it can improve fertility, egg production and hatchability in poultry layers.

Zagrosol Aminogen - An oral liquid supplements containing concentrated fat-soluble vitamins, water-soluble vitamins, and amino acids. Used in stress-related farm conditions, such as temperature changes and diseases, it is used as a supplement to maintain healthy level of amino acids and vitamins.

4. Broody Hen

A broody hen is a hen that is waiting for its eggs to hatch. In attempt to hatch its eggs, it would sit all day on top of its eggs, even ones that it has stolen. In some instances, some broody hens sit around even when there are no eggs to sit on, refusing to eat or to lay eggs. Egg laying chicken breeds can remain broody for around 21 days, which is the typical time it takes to hatch an egg. It’s best to stop the hens from this cycle as soon as possible. Scientists haves managed to minimize this character from the modern breeds. 

Product/s to use: Zagrosol AD3E

Zagrosol AD3E- A balanced formulation of fat-soluble vitamins formulated to prevent and treat vitamin deficiencies. Supplementation of vitamin A, D3 and E via drinking water will effectively improve the availability of these nutrients especially during the time of stress and disease. Vitamin A improve reproductive performance and Vitamin D3 is good for bone formation and strengthens egg shell formation. Vitamin E is also required for normal egg production and fertility both for layers and poultry breeders.

5. Aging

On average, hens lay their first eggs around 18 weeks of age, and well-fed modern-day chicken can produce up to 360 eggs per cycle. Peak production is usually between 24 to 44 weeks of age, as egg production rate could be above 90% during this period. Typically, laying hens’ egg production is commercially viable until they are 70-80 weeks of age. Production rate can continue beyond 80 weeks of age, but it’s no longer commercially viable due to the rapid decrease in eggs produced and increased mortality.

To aid proper egg production of laying hens, it’s necessary to manage the flock efficiently and effectively with good nutrition and management practices. Without proper management, peak production and commercially viable egg production period may end earlier.

Product/s to use: Amilyte

Amilyte - A water soluble powder that has a formulation of vitamins, electrolytes and amino acids. Used as a supplement to promote growth and health in poultry, it can improve fertility, egg production and hatchability in poultry layers.

6. Stress

Ultimately, a stress-free chicken is the one that lays the greatest number of eggs. However, a lot of factors cause stress in chickens, including cabin fever, toxins, diet, raising chicks and laying eggs, and the factors already mentioned above, such as changing weather, predators, and more. Identifying the cause of stress is important, just as much as providing them with supplements to fight off stress.

Produc/ts to use: Nilstress

Nilstress is a specially formulated anti-heat stress water soluble supplement. It contains powerful combinations of a well balanced key vitamins and electrolytes with exceptional solubility. It is best to use during stress period where demand of vitamins and electrolytes in poultry and livestock becomes very high.

7. Illnesses and diseases

When there’s a decrease in egg production, one of the first things to consider is the possibility of an illness or disease. Chickens can hide their diseases, so it is imperative to carry out medical check-ups to monitor for poultry diseases.

Product/s to use:

To boost recovery: Amilyte 

Amilyte - A water soluble powder that has a formulation of vitamins, electrolytes and amino acids. Used as a supplement to promote growth and health in poultry, it can improve fertility, egg production and hatchability in poultry layers.

For improve the Immunity: Zagrosol ES 

Zagrosol ES is a concentrated liquid vitamin E with Selenium. These two nutrients complement each other to improve animal’s immune system and minimize stress in livestock production. These nutrients are antioxidants because they both protect the membranes from oxidative damage against free-radicals. The combination of these two can prevent occurrence of exudative diathesis and nutritional muscular dystrophy in poultry, especially in chicks. Both nutrients intensely boost immune system of the animals.

Farm Hygiene & Bio security: Ultraxide™ 

ULTRAXIDE is a high performance disinfectant formulated with active ingredients of Glutaraldehyde and Benzalkonium chloride. In combination these two actives are highly effective across a broad range of micro organisms making Ultraxide a highly effective broad spectrum disinfectant for sanitising sheds, animal facilities and general farming equipment.

For more information on how to boost egg production in layers or questions about Zagro’s range of poultry nutrition products, email contact@zagro.com or call 1800 144 884.

 

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