Poultry Farming Success in the Philippines: Useful Tips

 

There are various success factors that will be key to efficient and profitable poultry production in the Philippines. These include the following:-

The poultry stock that you choose to raise

The breed or hybrid poultry that you choose to raise will be one of the most important success factors when it comes to poultry production in the Philippines. There are important points to keep in mind. Buy your stock only from reliable breeders and hatcheries with a reputation for high quality. These can assure you of parent stock that have been managed well.

The poultry stock that you will purchase will depend on the purpose of your poultry farming venture. Are you planning to raise the chickens for eggs or for meat? The chicks purchase should not have any deformities and must have been given the required vaccinations. Buy chicks that have a uniform colour and weight. If you are starting, choose the poultry breeds that are more commonly raised in your community or neighborhood. This is often a sign that they can do well in the local conditions. If you are planning to raise broilers, go for ones that have excellent liveability and that grow fast. For layers, go for poultry stock that produce large eggs, have a high egg production over the laying duration and which have a longer and productive life expectancy.

Housing

Choose feeders and drinkers that allow for optimal feeding and less food wastage. The feeders and drinkers should also be easy to clean. You can also improvise and use timber-made feeders and bamboo waterers if you do not have enough cash to buy these poultry equipment from the shop. The house should be constructed according to well-defined design specifications.

Poultry housing in the Philippines
Poultry housing in the Philippines

Feeding equipment
There are automatic feeders that are efficient and with less feed wastage that will help you save money when it comes to feeding your poultry. Automated feeders will drastically reduce the number of hours required to feed the chicken. It also makes the feeding process less laborious and easy to accomplish.

 

Automatic bell drinker used by poultry farmers in the Philippines
Automatic bell drinker used by poultry farmers in the Philippines

Lighting

Good lighting is necessary for optimal poultry production. It is important to note that both the layers and broilers have different lighting requirements. You will need to supplement natural lighting from the sun with artificial lighting in order to obtain optimal production.

Chick brooder lighting in a poultry house in the Philippines
Chick brooder lighting in a poultry house in the Philippines

Temperature

For egg production, ambient temperatures of 18-21 degrees are generally desirable. Every two weeks from week 1, you can step up the ambient temperatures by 1 degree centigrade until you hit temperatures of about 25 degrees Celsius. Eggs should be collected on a regular basis.

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