Vitalite Energy Chick
Innovation on day-old nutrition
After hatching, environmental and nutritional conditions have extreme effects on the performance and productivity of animals. Physiological functions such as body temperature regulation, gastro intestinal tract (GIT) function, yolk absorption and utilization are all influenced by the first few hours of a bird’s life. Recent studies suggest that providing the necessary nutrients like energy source and water could also improve absorption and utilization of yolk contents. The period after hatching and before gaining access to feed and water is very critical for a chick’s survival and its target growth at days 7 to 10.
In commercial practice, post hatch birds undergo preparatory hatchery practices such as sexing, vaccination, packaging and transportation to farm houses. These practices may involve a holding period in which the animal does not have access to feed and water for 24 up to 36 hours. This induces stress in chicks due to energy deficiency and dehydration, which causes lower viability and impaired growth. It is observed that a chick’s body weight is decreased by almost 8% when no water and feed is provided.
Important flock management considerations
to think of during and after transportation:
Dehydration may occur at the hatchery or through extended transport time. Absence of fresh drinking water may lead to further development retardation or more serious issues such as gout.
Day old chicks have immature intestines which can only develop and mature when feed or ingesta pass through. The earlier the development of the intestinal structure, the better the absorption of nutrients and the faster the start-up phase of the animal.
Yolk absorption and utilization are important to prevent infection. Yolk contains a lot of fat and favoured nutrients that are ideal for bacterial growth. To increase yolk utilization, post hatch starvation should be reduced.
Dosage and application
- For a transport process: feed 1 gram of Vitalite Energy Chick per hatchling poultry during transport (1 cup/box).
- At the arrival in the grow out facility: feed Vitalite Energy Chick to chick upon arrival at the facility, place near waterer or feeder (1 cup/drinking nipple).
- Vitalite Energy Chick’s unique form helps in teaching young birds to locate waterer and feeder. Place Vitalite Energy Chick near water and feeder.
- Can also be used for ducklings, turkeys and layer chicks.
Vitalite Energy Chick
Is a unique combination to overcome the stressful first 48 hours of life. Its unique form and texture encourage intake from young birds. It can supplement energy, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and water even before arrival at the farm house. It is a booster that offers different protective and active ingredients to ensure a proper intestinal start-up.
Energy: Highly absorbable and immediately metabolisable energy sources based on free fatty acids and simple sugars.
Nutrients: Because of the particular feed processing technology, all nutrients (starch, sugars, proteins, vitamins and traces) are highly digestible, which helps along the start of intestinal activity.
Water: High amount of moisture is present in the supplement to ensure basic water uptake in order to stimulate rehydration.
Stress relief: Vitamins (E and C) are available to support the stressful period of the animal.
Intestinal development: Active components are included to avoid pathogen proliferation, stimulate feed intake and stimulate intestinal immune development.
Nucleotides: Are semi-essential nutrients that are hard to find in animal diets. Supplementation of nucleotides plays a key role in many biological processes. It is essential for neonatal animals when the endogenous supply is not sufficient. Dietary nucleotides have been proven to improve intestinal morphology and function, immune response, liver function and growth performance.