Matching conditions between rearing and laying shed

Try to match the environment in the laying house to the conditions the pullets experienced in rear. Therefore the pullets will find the laying house more familiar and the transition will be less stressful. Contacting and visiting your rearer will enable you to match the environment as closely as possible. It may not be possible to match everything, but see the examples below of how producers have achieved a smooth transition >>>

feed timers   nipple drinkers in laying shed

Where possible try to keep the pullets on the same lighting schedule as they were on in the rearing house. 

Match the type of drinkers used during rear and lay. If this is not possible, providing a few supplementary drinkers in the rearing house that match those used in the laying house will help. 

chicks on slats
chain feeder in rearing house

Using slats in the rearing house will help get the chicks used to the slatted system in the laying house. It should also help alleviate problems with floor eggs as the chicks will already by used to roosting on slats at night.

Match the type of feeders used during rear and lay. Communicating with the rearer will help to achieve this.

Making improvements

FeatherWel - improving feather cover AssureWel - improving feather cover Defra guide

FeatherWel management guide
[pdf, 5.49mb]

AssureWel advice guide
[pdf, 661kb]

Defra feather pecking guide
[pdf, 503kb]