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Commercial Layer Guide

General Preparation

Thoroughly clean equipment and facilities by removing all debris and dust left by the previous flock and by washing with a high pressure washer. Manure should not be stored closer than 300 m from the brooder houses and should not be located upwind. Eliminate rodents, wild birds and other vermin. Make any necessary repairs, and clean and disinfect water lines and tanks. Feed bins, and feeders must be emptied, cleaned and disinfected. Do not place chicks until the house and all equipment in it have been allowed to dry for 10 to 12 days.

Isolation and Sanitation

Isolation and restricted access to the brood / grow area are of prime importance for the control and prevention of poultry disease. Traffic between the brood / grow area and lay houses should be avoided. An important part of isolation is keeping poultry houses free of outside birds, rodents and other wildlife because they can be a major source of disease causing agents and parasites. Houses for adult and growing flocks should be separated by a minimum distance of 100 m. Caretakers should be assigned to one house and should not go back and forth between houses. Managers inspecting flocks should visit the youngest flock first and the oldest last. A foot bath containing fresh, clean disinfectant should be placed at the entrance to each house. The disinfectant solution needs to be checked at least once a day and changed frequently. Allow only essential personnel in and around the poultry houses. Do not allow drivers of off-farm vehicles to enter any poultry houses.

Getting Chicks Off to a Good Start

  • Before the Chicks Arrive:
  • Ensure correct temperature is maintained uniformly inside building.
  • Ensure that there is sufficient litter.DO NOT REUSE OLD LITTER
  • Heat the brooder 24 hours before the chicks arrive.
  • Ensure uniform distribution of drinkers and feeders thorough the brooding area.
  • Pick up your chicks early to avoid dehydration. Avoid transporting the chicks in the heat.
  • Make sure that as the chicks are transported there is sufficient ventilation so that the chicks breathe well.
  • The design of the house should allow sufficient air while preventing direct sunlight to the chicks.
  • Good record keeping is very important.
  • After Chicks Arrive
  • The longer the chicks remain in the boxes, the greater the degree of potential dehydration. This may result in early mortality and reduced growth as indicated
  • Place chicks gently and evenly onto paper within the brooding area.
  • Feed and water should be freely and immediately available
  • The empty boxes should be removed from the house without delay
  • Provide 24hrs light for the two to three day and there after 23hrs of light for the first seven days to encourage feed and water intake.
  • It is important to socialize the birds to humans. So the poultry attendant should gently walk through the house about 4 times a day, to make the birds get familiar with humans..
  • Check crops 8hrs and 24hrs after placement. Do a sample check of about 30-40chicks at three or four different places within the house.
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We are Biyinzika!

Biyinzika Poultry International Limited is involved in the business of parent stock for the production of Commercial Broilers and Layers. Incorporated in Uganda on 26th October 1990, the company has under gone steady development in Uganda’s poultry sector and currently produces 135,000 broiler chicks and 64,000 layer chicks per week..

Our Objectives

Production of pelleted /crumbled feeds


Production of one day old chicks. 


Production of specific food products such as unimix for WFP (united Nations – world food program) 


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