Caring for Poultry
Poultry farming represents a vital portion of Mississippi’s agricultural economy, and a major part of America’s agricultural resource.
Birds are cared for carefully to ensure a safe food source, and producers are responsible for every aspect of poultry life, like administering immunizations. Laying operations, which receive birds at birth, begin with immunizations to prevent illness. As with all livestock, when a bird is ill or injured, veterinarians are called in to help treat the bird. Many farms have regular veterinary visits to monitor the health of their birds.
Environmental conditions play a crucial role in the health of poultry, and monitoring these conditions is a primary effort of poultry producers. Producers constantly track air, water and soil quality to prevent disease and to comply with stringent Environmental Protection Agency regulations. Indoor operations are thoroughly cleaned before a new flock of birds enters, and maintained throughout the year to prevent disease, pollution, and to keep the birds comfortable.
Recordkeeping also plays a vital role in poultry production. Numerous records are maintained, such as documentation of daily events like temperature, egg production, feed consumption, etc. Periodic samplings of conditions or performance like body weights, egg weights and flock summaries, are also recorded.