Feed International - August 2017 - 6
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How broiler super pre-starter
diets impact bird growth
By targeting the needs of the young chick, its performance can be
improved, but the investment needs to make overall economic sense
BY ZOE KAY
Efficiency is key to success in broiler production, and
the importance of a good start in life is discussed for
all species. In the case of broilers, the first three to five
days actually represents a very significant proportion
of a broiler's life - around 10 percent. The principle is
therefore that what it eats during this time can impact
Opinions differ on the ability of a diet fed only for a few days
to improve growth throughout the broiler lifecycle.
its future performance.
The primary aim of a super pre-starter ration is to fulfill the specific nutritional needs of the young chick, supporting its transition from eating the yolk sac to the first
diet consumed. Availability of nutrients immediately after
hatch is critical for growth and development.
Young chick nutrition
Good intestinal development is essential in young
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