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May 27, 2021

First week management of turkey poults

In commercial turkey production, replicating and improving on what a mother turkey supplies to her young in the wild, including heat, light, food, water, fresh air, security and comfort, is essential. The importance of providing optimal brooding conditions is highlighted by its influence on post-hatch gut development, which if impaired during the first two weeks of life, can permanently limit the absorptive capacity of the gut. The first few hours and days of a turkey poult are therefore the most significant period of its life and have a long-term influence on its capacity to fulfill its maximum health, welfare, growth and economic potential, evidence of which can be seen in the commercial world as increased egg and meat production. This stage of the bird’s life if well managed with attention to detail, will be time and effort well spent. Read more