Bird Management
  Remember the rotary dial telephone? Manually filling out forms will soon be a similar distant memory, when farmers will all be using a new tool called Feather Central instead of a pen. Developed in Ontario by BIO, specializing in data transfer, in partnership with IT specialist Farms.com, Feather Central…
  Cela faisait dix ans que Mathieu Poirier avait rejoint son père Jean-Claude en production d’oeufs. Il était temps de moderniser l’entreprise familiale. La production d’oeufs des 30 prochaines années sera très différente de celle des 30 dernières années. Pour notre producteur de 33 ans, il était préférable de se…
  William Arthur Ward wrote, “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”  A poultry farmer could replace the word “sails” with “inlets”, and have a great piece of advice for ventilating poultry barns.  Inlet type, placement, quality, quantity, and management…
  It had been ten years since Mathieu Poirier had joined his father Jean-Claude on the farm, and he felt it was time to modernize the family business. Egg production in the next 30 years is certainly going to be very different from the past 30 years. At 33 years…
Tyson Schlegel (left) and Jihad Douglas of Aviagen Turkeys shake on a new joint venture. Also involving Canadian Select Genetics, the endeavour aims to offer Ontario and Eastern Canadian turkey growers “more choice” in supply and genetics. When it comes to genetics, it’s no secret that choice is fairly limited…
There are many input costs that must be considered in the management of a poultry building, and one of the biggest factors affecting input cost is fan configuration. The obvious cost lies with the equipment itself; however, the electricity used to run the fans will, over time, cost much more…
For many farmers, building a new barn is a once in a lifetime experience.  Few farmers will have the opportunity to build more than one new barn, let alone an entirely new farm.  There is only get one chance to get it right — and it’s crucial that the latest…
Joanne and Keith Veenhof both grew up on farms, and after spending some years of their adult lives away from farming, they felt the call to return to it. “Joanne grew up on her parents’ broiler farm, and I was raised on a dairy farm,” says Keith. “The breeder industry…
New York Hutterite Colony member Levi Hofer has more than just the 120 residents on the farm to think about during daily life – he is also a dad to a large flock of prime egg-laying chickens. At the moment, his main focus is on the new pullet barn. As…
The old saying “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity” can be tweaked to apply to a lot of problems in poultry barns: It’s not the dust, the ammonia, the carbon dioxide or the carbon monoxide; it’s the humidity.  Over-ventilating can result in dry, drafty conditions with an unnecessarily high…
Nov. 8, 2012, Annapolis Valley, NS - A family-owned business in the Annapolis Valley region of Nova Scotia has received a multimillion-dollar provincial loan tto help facilitate its expansion. According to an article from The Chronicle Herald, an provincial cabinet order-in-council, under the Agriculture and Rural Credit Act, approved a…
Chassez le naturel et il revient au galop. Qui aurait dit que cette expression s’appliquait judicieusement à l’aviculture? Dans son tout nouveau poulailler enrichi, Maurice Richard constate que les poules reprennent des comportements naturels plutôt difficiles à exprimer en cage conventionnelle. La Ferme Paul Richard et fils, à Rivière-Héva, en…
March 26, 2012 – A fire at a poultry farm west of Canora, Sask., destroyed a barn with some 20,000 newly placed chicks inside. READ MORE
Sparks Eggs, the only independent egg grader and processor operating solely in Alberta, recently built what its president Meb Gilani believes is the largest free-run barn in Canada. With a capacity for 50,000 layers, the barn, near Westlock, was designed with labour efficiencies and the future in mind. Gilani says…
Heat stress is a serious concern in poultry farming and sprinklers provide one way to control it. Before we look at how putting water droplets on birds works to cool them, let’s do a quick refresher about how heat stress affects chickens and how they naturally cool themselves. A substantial…
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