OSTRICH PRODUCTION SURVEY

With the growth in number of Ostrich Farmers on a Global Basis there are many claims made about productivity and many not achieving the results they had expected on entering the industry. There are many waiting to enter the industry but need statistical data on which to base their projections.

The idea of this questionnaire is to give as many farmers as possible an opportunity to provide data to help all farmers and prospective entrants. There are many factors that influence production and many different reasons given for poor production. We hear many different figures on - for instance - numbers of eggs per hen, fertility, hatchability and survivability of chicks, this can provide an opportunity to see what is REALITY.

With sufficient data it may be possible to pick up any variations as a result of climate, nutrition, latitude, management etc. Those achieving excellent results may be able to help those whose results are less than what they expected.

Please give at least 3 years data if available. This will assist in determining affects such as age of birds, changes in nutrition and learning curve. If monthly figures are not available please provide any annual figures that you may have.

LOCATION
COUNTRY:-
STATE/PROVINCE/COUNTY-
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SIZE OF FARM:-

BREEDER DATA
BREEDNUMBER MALESNUMBER FEMALES AGE. MALESAGE FEMALES
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Breeder Ration: Commercial Brand Name ………………………………………

If Commercial Ration Used - do you provide any additional feed and if so what and in what quantities? ……………………………………………………………………………

Home Mix Brand Name of Vitamin/Mineral Mix ……………………..

Shell Provided Yes/No If yes Oyster/Ostrich/Other …………………………..

Stones Fed? Quantity? ………………. Frequency?………………. Quartz/Silica/Granite/Riverbed/Quarry/Naturally Available……………….

EGG DATA
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Number Eggs Laid % Fertility% Live Hatch % Early Embryo Deaths% Late Dead in Shell % Mal Position % Mal Position Survival
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When do you collect eggs time of day and frequency: ……………………………………

How do you clean eggs? ………………………………………………………………….

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What Product (if any) are eggs washed in: ……………………………………………….

How are eggs stored prior to setting in incubator? ………………………………………

Please add any information that might be relevant (e.g. incubator problem, power failures, extreme humidity, special observation of malpositioned chicks)

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CHICK DATA
Number of Chicks% Survive to 3 mths % Survive 3 mth - Mat/SlauMort % from Impaction Mort % from Rotated LegsMort % from Disease* Mort % from Other Cause*
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* Please specify disease or other cause (e.g. predator)

Commercial Feed Fed to Chicks - Brand Name ……………………………………….

Is the Commercial Feed Pelleted/crumble/meal? ……………………….

If Commercial Ration Used - do you provide any additional feed and if so what and in what quantities? ……………………………………………………………………………

Home Mix - Brand Name of commercial vitamin/mineral mix ……………………………..

Does your Feed either commercial or Home Mix include any animal protein products - including Fish Meal Yes/No/Do Not Know ……………………………

Does your mix include Probiotics Yes/No/Do Not Know ……………………………

Does your mix include Antibiotics Yes/No/Do Not Know ……………………………

Stones Fed? Quantity? ………………. Frequency?………………. Quartz/Silica/Granite/Riverbed/Quarry ……………………..

Origin of chicks - Bought In, Home Bred or Both ……………………………

Please provide brief description of chick rearing:

Average Batch Size: ……………………..

Average Age Range per Batch: …………………………

Type of housing: ……………………..

Type of floor: ………………………

Do you use any bedding material and if so what? Straw, Sawdust, Shavings, Mat - please specify ……………………………………………………….

Length of Run: less than 10m ………….. 10-20m ………….. Greater than 10m ………..

Type of Run. Grass/Sand/Concrete/Lucerne/Other ………………………….

Please provide any further information that you feel is relevant. …………………………

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The results of the survey will be distributed as widely as possible - but if you would like a copy please provide your postal or email address. Publication date will be determined by the speed of return by farmers.

Please return to: Your local Association or direct to: Mrs. Fiona Benson, Heen en Weer, PO Box 186, Klapmuts, 7625 South Africa. Tel/Fax: +27 21 875 5393. Email: heen01@iafrica.com