Young chickens are at their weakest in the very earliest stages of their lives – this is not unusual for any animal species.
Young chicks have different temperature, feed and other housing requirements than older birds – because of this temperature, barn conditions and feed are modified to meet the needs of the youngest chicks, and then changed as they grow.
Healthy birds and low mortality are clearly in the growers’ interest, and they track mortality carefully to identify and eliminate any problems in the management of their flocks.
Veterinary advice is always available.
Some 96 percent of meat chickens make it to processing which is a much higher survival rate than is found in the wild or even in back-yard flocks. The industry works to continually improve the safety and health of the environment for birds, keeping barns free of predators and with low incidence of disease through rigorous attention to biosecurity, farm hygiene and a range of disease control measures, such as vaccination.
The Australian industry’s attention to biosecurity is among the very best in the world.