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Management practices to encourage hens to lay in nests

By Tommy Walker Cobb-Vantress Photo: Special When tunnel ventilating, air velocity along the sidewalls may be as much as 10 percent less than the average air velocity in the center of the house. Higher temperatures, particularly during summer months, are observed over the slats and on the back side of the nest.

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SILOAM SPRINGS, Ark. — One of the most challenging management responsibilities facing a parent stock producer is creating a nesting environment that will yield hatching eggs that are clean and relatively dry. In most cases, eggs laid in the nests have the best chance of getting to the hatchery clean and free of excess contamination. Successful nest training of hens can benefit many aspects of the industry.

For the producer, less labor is required to pick up floor eggs and more clean hatching eggs are produced. For the hatchery, nested eggs have less surface contamination, producing a higher hatch and healthier. . .

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