Without a doubt the answer is yes, if we know how.
An egg out of the nest percentage of 2% may be acceptable, ideally at levels equal to or less than 1%. This percentage will be much higher (up to 20%) in the first days of laying and should be drastically reduced (to 2-3%) in the first week. From this point on, it will continue to decrease progressively during the next 4 weeks to levels of 0.7-1%, which will remain stable for the rest of the cycle.
This fact shows the great importance of the actions we take at the beginning of each production cycle.
To reduce the eggs out of the nest, we can speak of 3 general objectives:
Promote exploration/visits to the nest.
Reduce the number of eggs laid in the litter.
Well trained pullets.
Appropriate nest design:
Proper nest management:
Avoid artificial nest shortage (last nest effect):
Prevent system eggs from being visible:
Other management recommendations:
Litter quality/height: it should be dry and no more than 2 – 3 cm high:
100% of hens sleeping in the system:
Other handling guidelines:
Pullets should come preferably from a system as close as possible to the production house and should be well trained:
All eggs placed outside the nest in alternative laying systems (type 2, 1 and 0 eggs) represent a considerable loss in product quality and an increase in collection costs, with negative repercussions on the profitability of the farm. Therefore, we must direct the hens and educate them to lay inside the nest.
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