Reproduction and genetics

Better males through restaurant feeding

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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).male-restaurant-feeding

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Photo 1. An illustration of a male restaurant, which is composed of a fixed pen located at the end or middle of the production house.

This concept requires labor to train the males, get them inside the restaurant, and, subsequently, set them free. 

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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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