TECHNICAL ARTICLES Broilers/Layers/Breeders

The Importance of Weighing Your BBP’s the Same Time Each Day

Broiler breeder pullets are feed restricted during the rearing period to maximize settable egg production, improve production persistency and maintain egg quality during the breeding period. Uniformity estimates are important because a highly uniform flock is easier to manage since more of the birds will have common nutritional requirements throughout the rearing and breeding periods.

The major criterion used in assessing the progress of pullets and roosters is the average flock body weight and the uniformity of this weight. Birds should be weighed at least weekly and ideally at the same time and day each week. Weekly body weight measurements taken at different times of the day are not comparable and will not give an accurate representation of pullet growth. In order to achieve an accurate estimation of pullet body weight, birds should be weighed at the same time of day, this would ensure that body weight measurements reflect true bird weight.

Poultry Research Centre News – Vol. 5, No. 1, 1996

Alberta Poultry Research Centre

Date published: 2003-12-01

Chloe Bowles

Poultry Research
Centre News – Vol. 5, No. 1, 1996