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This practice may stimulate better digestion, improve bone strength and prevent birds from becoming over fat.
The farmer also checks his flocks regularly to monitor the flock’s health and progress, remove any dead birds, and cull any sick or injured ones. Careful management of ventilation and waterers helps keep the litter clean and dry, as poor litter affects air quality and can affect bird health and performance.Water lines run the length of the shed, with drinkers at regular intervals.Water and feed are placed so that chickens are never more than about 2 metres from food and water.Over the life of the broiler flock only about 4% of chickens are lost.This is through natural causes or selective culling.
As the chickens grow, the area available to them is increased until they have free run over the floor of the entire shed.