What is 0 day?
This is the day we ad premix to feed. We use this day as a reference point, so we can follow up the success rate. It also helps us communicate with clients and enables us to pinpoint certain events expected to happen.
What type of feed should I give to my hens in the second cycle?
If you want the best results in terms of production, you should give 17%-17,5% protein feed. The best is to give type of feed recommended by genetic companies (Lohmann, ISA…) for the hens from 28 to 47 weeks of exploitation.
When is the time to start SC molting?
You can start molting any time you want depending on what do you wish to achieve by molting your flocks. Some of our customers start molting when the price of egg is not good enough. Some customers start molting after 15 weeks of exploitation to get bigger eggs. Most of our customers are molting when hens are 70-85 weeks old (52-77 weeks of exploitation) and are approaching the lowest acceptable profitability.
Can I molt parents?
Off course. We have molted both heavy and light parental breeds. The procedure is different, but the results are even better than with consumable egg layer. The reason - you get bigger egg, hence the bigger and heavier chicken. Viability goes up as well…
Why is SC molting so fast? (why is California so slow?)
Immediately after consuming our SC premix, all layers simultaneously go into the molting state. You can even see it with your eyes. They get sleepy within 30 mins. At day 6 since the SC premix consumption they all reach 0 production. There is not a single egg on the farm. Now the organism is only regenerating and nothing else. It takes only 8 days more (day+14) and you have your regenerated layers. California is slow because different birds has different tolerance for stress. Ones might start molting sooner than the others. It takes them all 45 days to finish.
How big eggs I can expect after SC molting?
Eggs are from 3,5 to 9 grams heavier than before SC molting. It is considerable egg mass increase.
Do I need to control the light?
Yes. Light is set to 10 hours at day 0 and is increased by one hour every 7 days until it reaches 15-hours light period. This is essential for the procedure to run smoothly.
How many times I am adding premix to laying hen feed?
SC premix is being added only one day. This is the day we refer as Day 0. Not before and not after!
Can we do a third Cycle?
We are doing a great research into this project. For now, we have very promising results. We believe that the final product along with accompanying procedure will be ready by the end of 2020.
Do I have to perform revaccinations for IBV or WNV?
It is highly recommendable that you do. Specially if you have open hen houses. Furthermore, if in your area there is any other damaging pathogen, you should also revaccinate for it. Avoiding revaccination before molting brings unnecessary risk to your farm.
Are there hormones in your premix?
NO. Our premix is completely natural. It consists of 5 minerals and almost 40 herbs and plants complemented with carriers. There is no animal origin components or antibiotics. No illegal substances. Eggs that are produced at any time after consumption of premix are completely regular and you are free to sell them.
Why is the mortality so low?
Simply because we are not using stress to induce molting. We use herbs and minerals found in nature. We do not deprive them of water, light, or feed. Torturing animals has effect on their life span.
Is it possible to molt hens in open houses?
It is possible. It takes a bit more effort but is simple. It just takes a few curtains and a fans if necessary.
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