Excessive early chick mortality.
|Probable Cause||Suggested Corrective Measure|
| Improper shipping of chicks or failure to get
them on feed and water soon enough. Improper brooder condition.
| Make sure chicks shipped under good conditions
of temperature and ventilation. Try to get them on feed and water
within 24 hours of hatching, 48 at most. Brood correctly.
| Eggs infected with organisms by microbial contamination
| Set only clean, uncracked eggs. Check hatcher
sanitation procedures. Make sure hatcher and hatch trays have been
thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and fumigated after each hatch.
| Poor hatchery sanitation.
|Follow approved techniques in cleaning incubators and in disinfecting all equipment. Do not recirculate foul air.|