chicks, poultry, care, animal husbandry department
Cooperative Extension Service, South Dakota State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts
The brooding period in many ways is the most critical and difficult period in the management of domestic birds. No poultry business can be successful over a period of time without a practical and efficient layer-replacement program. Chickens must be well grown before they can make a profitable return to their owners regardless of the poultry enterprise in which he is engaged. One of the most common causes of lost profits and failures in poultry keeping is the lack of knowledge and the ability to carry out a good chick-rearing program. The source of chicks, the time of brooding, and the management of the brooding operations all play an important part in the success of the poultry program. Buying the best chicks available at the right time of the year does not insure success of the poultry progress. Likewise, the best care and management cannot make healthy, high-producing pullets out of poor quality chicks. It is necessary to have a combination of the best chicks, the best care and management, and the best feed to produce good healthy pullets that will lay well. (See more in text.)
Ivory, Boyd A., "Chick Care: His Life is In your Hands" (1943). SDSU Extension Circulars. 398.