Out With the Old and In With the New

Sorry to be gone so long.  Let me catch you up on what’s been going on.  A mistake was found in the settlement for our last flock.  Our final numbers changed a little.  We had a 5.69 lb. plant weight with a 1.698 feed conversion in 42 days.  This put us in second place for the week.

We placed flock 128 on Thursday, November 7.  The chicks averaged .091 lbs. (41.4 g) at placement.  At 7 days, I like to see the birds at 4 times their placement weight.  This was achieved and the birds averaged .385 lbs.  On day 7, the birds were water vaccinated for ILT.  Due to the vaccine, I expected a little lull in performance at 14 days.  The Cobb target for 14 days is 1.012 lbs.  We were .044 lbs. under target at .968 lbs.  Based on previous flocks, I would expect that we will catch up by 21 days.  The 21 day target is 1.964 lbs.

This is a quiet flock for us as far as research goes.  We have the LED lighting trials continuing.  We are documenting the effect of the water vaccination process on water quality.  The process includes the use of a water stabilizer and citric acid, both of which can aid in bacterial growth.  I am also looking at bacterial growth on three types of chick feeders in the first seven days.  The dust emissions and water run off research is continuing.

We have  few projects coming up.  We will be doing some more water quality work with anthium dioxide.  We are building more test pens for a nutrition trial on the next flock.  I’d like to start the turbo feeder-chick tray trial back up.  I am working with an engineering group on some alternative cooling strategies for summer.  We will run that for two flocks starting in May.  With the new year, we have a couple different animal well being projects planned.

Student Update

Our students are already interviewing for summer internships and educational opportunities.  Of the current farm crew, two have already had offers and made commitments.  Stephanie Philpott will be interning with Cargill Turkey.  Landon Gross, another of my farm students interned with them last summer and will be going to work for them after he graduates next month.  Stephanie will be working in all parts of turkey production from breeders through growout and on to the plant.

Callie McCreery will be going to Mozambique and South Africa as part of a study abroad program.  She will be working with the poultry industry in those countries as well as going on a three day safari.  Jeff Neal is number one on the waiting list to go on this trip also.  It will be students from Poultry Science, Ag Business and Health Sciences all going together and working within their specialties.  Quite a trip.   The students that have been in past years have said that the trip was life altering.  Even the student who got bit by the monkey loved the trip.

All of the rest (except Landon), are continuing to interview.  Many of the final internship interviews will take place at IPPE in Atlanta in January.  This is a really exciting time for the students.

Its really nice when we have enough people to put our supplemental feed as we place chicks.  In a few minutes, they will have spread out and this will be hard to do.  Also, chicks are 'programed' to follow anything that moves.  This helps them find food the first time.  Its difficult to put the feed out with all the chicks following you.

Its really nice when we have enough people to put our supplemental feed as we place chicks. In a few minutes, they will have spread out and this will be hard to do. Also, chicks are ‘programed’ to follow anything that moves. This helps them find food the first time. Its difficult to put the feed out with all the chicks following.

Flock 128 - I love the first day.
Flock 128 – I love the first day.
I believe that Ace has got a really good view of all the work.  Ace Rice is a Poultry Science Junior from down around Nashville, AR.
I believe that Ace has got a really good view of all the work. Ace Rice is a Poultry Science Junior from down around Nashville, AR.

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Chance is so quick, he is just a blur.
Chance is so quick, he is just a blur.

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This blurry picture is of Colton,  He is filming for his Ag Communications class.
This blurry picture is of Colton, He is filming for his Ag Communications class.
This is house 2,  One can see that we use a little bit different feeding strategy.  Those are the turbo feeders as opposed to the combo feeders  and trays in house 1.  The chicks can't get in the turbo feeders so they can't poop in them.  That's gotta be a good thing.
This is house 2, One can see that we use a little bit different feeding strategy. Those are the turbo feeders as opposed to the combo feeders and trays in house 1. The chicks can’t get in the turbo feeders so they can’t poop in them. That’s gotta be a good thing.
We just finished putting out chicks.  The ones in the back are already spread out.  It takes about 20 minutes to put out 20,000 chicks.
We just finished putting out chicks. The ones in the back are already spread out. It takes about 20 minutes to put out 20,000 chicks.
These chicks averaged 41 grams.  A little on the small side, but they make it up by being really active.
These chicks averaged 41 grams. A little on the small side, but they make it up by being really active.

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There is Stephanie Philpott putting out chicks.  Stephanie will be interning with Cargill Turkey next summer.  I believe Stephanie was the first one of our students hired for a summer internship next summer.  Well deserved.

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That’s about it for this week.  Leave me a comment or email me with questions or comments.

Thanks,

Dave

mccreery@uark.edu

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2 thoughts on “Out With the Old and In With the New

  1. Hey David,

    We are realy interested in out come of the trial with extrafeed for the young birds! We work with this system (the system under the feedinglines not the yellowbuckets) allready ceveral years from day 1till day 10-14! Talk to you later about this…..

    Bart

    1. Thanks, Bart. I have run flocks with them looking at rate of gain and feed conversion. I had to out it on hold to work on other projects. Send me your email address and I will send you the data I have so far. I should have the bacterial growth data soon.

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