Reducing Mortality Rates in Ostrich Chicks

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  • Published: 24 Nov 2008

  • Author(s): Glatz, Phil, Miao, Zhihong

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This project involved a review that examined factors both prior to hatch and after hatch that could lead to high mortality in chicks. Appropriate breeder management, fertile egg handling and storage and incubation can improve hatchability and survival rates of chicks. Likewise ostrich chick mortality can be reduced by correct housing, feeding and health management of chicks at hatch and during the brooding period. Low mortality (10-15%) can be achieved by good hygiene, proper feeding and housing and good management.
This report is targeted at Australian and overseas ostrich farmers.