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Sasso Chicken Farming Management
Sasso chicken is a dual purpose breed which is used for both meat and egg production. This Sasso chicken originated from France and is becoming common in small scale farmers in different countries. Sasso chicken is being liked by many farmers because of its strong and disease resistant ability compared to other chicken breeds. The chicken requires less medication and vaccination compared to other chicken breeds. The chickens can be kept on the free range system under low cost or can also be kept on the intensive system which makes it to give better results.
Reasons for keeping Sasso Chicken?
- Sasso chickens are strong efficient, scavengers.
- Sasso chicken requires less lighting and still achieve a better results and this makes it able to have more resting period and uses this time to digest eaten feeds and sleep.
- A simple homemade chicken feed can be given and still gives better results. Home wastes can also be given as supplements.
- Management in Sasso chicken is easy compared to that of other chicken breeds. The Sasso chicken is able to adapt on free range or intensive system of management and still performs well.
Some notable characteristics of Sasso chicken breeds
- Sasso requires feed to be available most of the time for it to give high performance. Home leafy vegetables like cabbages can be given as supplements. Make sure the house keeping the Sasso chickens has enough space and perchings. A free range may be the best way, but make sure the chickens are protected from predators.
- Sasso chicken weights a range of 2.2 to 2.5 kgs in just 7 to 8 weeks. The male Sasso has potential to reach 4.8 Kilograms in 13 weeks under a good management and for the females they can reach a weight of 3.6 Kilograms maintenance layer.
Before the Sasso chicks arrive
- Make sure the house which will be used for Keeping the chicks is clean, well ventilated and all equipments are set.
- Make sure you are able to pre-brood the brooder before the day old Sasso chicks arrives.
- Disinfect all the materials and equipments
What to do on the day of Sasso chicks arrival?
- Put the chicks quickly under the brooder house and make sure all equipments are set ready and observe the chicks more frequently. Observe the chicks frequently.
- Make sure all feed troughs and water drinkers are evenly distributed.
- Make sure the chicken house is well ventilated and clean
- Make sure the brooder is set at a right temperature.
- Make sure enough vitamins or supplements are added to the water.
From second week
More space should be given to the Sasso chicks starting from second week and the space should be increased depending on chicken size.Follow all vaccination schedules available.
Sasso day old chicks are vaccinated at the hatchery therefore you should not worry. They are vaccinated against Bronchitis infections, Newcastle and Merek's diseases. All other vaccinations programs are similar to those for layers or kuroiler chickens.
Sasso Chicken Feeding
During the second and third week, Sasso chicks can be given starter feed mash and they feed 500 grams per bird and this means that 50 Kilograms can be used for 100 Sasso Chicks. The Sasso chicks can be left on a free range from the third week. Sasso chicken farmers are advised to However provide about 80% of the feed inside the house in the morning and evening for better results if they want to obtain better results. Do not force the birds to grow fast by using high density finisher feeds. Grow the birds.
The same diseases which attack local chickens, kuroiler chickens, Black Australorps e.t.c are also the same which attack the Sasso chickens and this means the same management system which aims at preventing diseases can be used.