This concludes the seven-part series that we started during the World Cockfighters Day.
Feeding Breeders. Assuming your brood fowl are healthy and free of both internal and external parasites, good nutrition is the greatest factor in promoting good fertility of your brood fowl and proper hatchability of your chicks. Poor nutrition can also interfere with your brood fowl’s job of producing healthy chickens. To make sure the proper protein is given, decrease their grain ration about a month before hatching season begins. Feeding brood fowl too much scratch grains or other treats are the main cause of poorly balanced rations. Periodically weigh your cocks and hens. A weight loss of over ten percent can also affect reproduction. Underfed cocks produce less semen; underfed hens don’t lay as well. To improve the success of your hatching, feed your hens a genuine breeder pellet. The protein should be right around 20%. Start feeding them the breeder pellets about two to four weeks before you intend to begin hatching.
Supplements. First of all, be sure that your feed is fresh and use it within two weeks after being mixed. Even if you feed your brood fowl the best feeds, the fat-soluble vitamins will be destroyed by the oxidation if you store them too long. If you have reason to question the freshness of your feeds, try feeding your brood fowl with more natural type supplements, especially during breeding season.