Brown Nick began laying eggs between 18-76 weeks, with a survival rate of up to 90%. Eggs are brown in color with an average weight of 62-64g /egg.
The H&N genetics and health research staffs have worked for many years to produce a layer with excellent production rate, livability, feed conversion, shell quality and egg weight. These traits are the primary factors determining profit for the producer. The goal is to achieve the genetic potential that has been bred into the H&N “Brown Nick” layer.
Management recommendations are provided, and, if followed, the producer should achieve the performance goals stated in this manual.
Obtaining optimum performance from each of the birds in the flock helps produce maximum results. Good flock husbandry requires a little extra effort, but it pays high dividends. Good poultry management is not complicated; it simply requires attention to all of the details of the flock’s needs, common sense and proper decision making throughout the flock’s lifetime.
1. Goals of Management
The goal of management is to produce pullets which, at 18 weeks of age, are properly conditioned to make the transition to excellent layers. Proper condition is defined as:
– 1400–1550 grams body weight average
– Minimum uniformity of 85 %
– Healthy and alert
– High resistance to disease as shown by antibody levels
2. Advantages of Brown Nick Chicken
– Peak and sustainable production
– Optimal egg weight
– Performance-great food
– Featured shell strength
– Dark colored uniforms
– There is no smell of fish eggs when they don’t have the TMA-Syndrom
– Can be used in both: cage and the production