The key to success in rearing lies in an effective management program starting well before
the chicks arrive on site.
- The brooding farm must be a single age farm. Isolate the brooding farm from older birds.
Brood chicks on an all-in, all-out program. Have a good brooder house security
program. The stockman should work only on the brooding farm.
- The rearing facilities must be clean and pathogen free before the chicks arrive. Detailed
cleaning and hygiene procedures are described later in this guide. Remember that site
biosecurity must be maintained at all times and that biosecurity regulations apply 365
days of the year, including periods when the farm is empty.
- It is advised that you have trained and experienced people who know the local customs
regulations and the necessary documentation procedures required, ensuring clearance
from customs as quickly as possible.
- It is essential that transport for chicks from the airport be carried out in clean, sanitized,
properly ventilated, temperature controlled chick vans. Every effort must be made to coordinate
transportation schedules so that upon arrival, day old chicks are cleared
through customs and transported to the GPS farm and placed under brooders as soon
- Grandparent farms must be secure. The poultry house doors must be kept closed and
vehicles entering the farm must first carry out approved wheel-cleaning procedures.
Only authorized visitors and personnel should enter the premises (after showering) and
they must wear clean protective uniforms provided on the farm.