Pullet Training 101

Posted on November 9, 2016

To ensure good production in your aviary, training needs to start on Day One. A well-trained pullet adapts easily into an aviary system. However, for this to happen they need to be reared in an environment that resembles the production house.

“Pullet training in the first weeks of life is critical, it can make or break your cage-free flocks,” noted Aaron Willey, Sales Representative, Central U.S. “Proper rearing also limits bird management problems, and stress on staff, once your flock enters an aviary.”

Vencomatic’s rearing systems, Jump Start or Unistart, and proper bird management can go a long way to ensure your flock is ready for an aviary. In these systems, chicks gain immediate access to the same environment they will face in an aviary: perches, feed and water lines.

Pullets learn to live on elevated surfaces and navigate to different levels, this activity creates a strong pullet with good muscular and skeletal development.  In addition, pullets develop perching and jumping skills reducing flock stress and helping to avoid keel bone damage.

Our rearing and housing systems are designed to simulate a bird’s natural environment. Upon hatching, they learn to jump to different levels to find feed, water and perches. Once they graduate to an aviary system, for instance the Bolegg Terrace or Bolegg Gallery, the birds do not need to cross an aisle to navigate to the highest level in the system.  This conserves feed energy and keeps manure on the system belts, not on the floor.

“When trained pullets move into a production house they are easier to manage which reduces staff stress; they remain on the system which reduces floor litter and importantly they lay in the nest which limits floor eggs and results in cleaner eggs,” commented Tom Randall, Manager, Canada Sales.