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Male restaurant feeding has been around for some time in breeder production houses that are 100% litter. In this article, the two better designs are described.
Split feeding of breeder males and females has been common practice for many years. An alternative is a “male restaurant”, in which males are kept together and fed at certain times.
The reward is high male flock uniformity, high fertility rates, and excellent average hatchability.
|DESIGN 1: FIXED PEN LOCATED AT THE END OR MIDDLE OF THE PRODUCTION HOUSE|
In the first design on 100% litter, a male restaurant is placed in the middle of the house or at the end of the house and is composed of a fixed pen with sufficient male feeder space (photo 1).
After the females finish their feed, the door of the male restaurant is opened and the males stream outside and distribute over the house, mating with receptive females.
This concept requires labor to train the males, get them inside the restaurant, and, subsequently, set them free.
However, the method provides good outcomes of male flock uniformity, high fertility rates, and excellent average hatchability.
What are some potential advantages of this system with a focus on male management?
It is easier to control male bodyweight gain after
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