The first 16 weeks of a pullet's life are critical to its commercial potential in egg production. Astute management during this period can assure that the pullets reach the laying house ready to deliver their bred-in performance potential. Mistakes made during the first 16 weeks generally cannot be corrected in the laying period4 and therefore it is of greatest importance to keep the growing pullets healthy and free from disease.
A flock of layers can only perform up to its genetic potential when disease influence is minimised. The appearance of diseases such as coccidiosis can vary from a sub-clinical effect on performance to outright severe mortality. Coccidiosis is a disease of utmost economic importance to a layer farm and the main challenge is to identify and control the disease.
Coccidiosis is a disease that spares no poultry farm and in the context of commercial layers, it usually affects pullets during the growing stage, even if they are raised in cages. Coccidiosis occurs frequently in farms where coccidiostats are not used or are overused (due to the development of resistance towards the coccidiostat) and also where husbandry practice is not strict. The situation worsens when coccidiosis outbreaks are complicated by a mixed, concurrent necrotic enteritis infection.
The article will also discuss the results of using Orego-Stim to treat coccidiosis and necrotic enteritis.
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