Management strategies to reduce ostrich chick mortality




New and Emerging Animal Industries

Research Organisation

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development acting through the South Australian Research and Development Institute

Objective Summary

A literature review will be undertaken to examine the effect of management issues on chick mortality. Issues to be examined include: Floor materials (eg. concrete floors with rub mats, native grass or lucerne pasture and earth floor), litter materials (eg. chopped straw, lucerne hay, dry hay and sheep manure covered with wire grids), housing/sheds (eg. traditional, mobile shed and ecosheds), heating (eg. temperature and methods and sources of heating), stocking rate, probiotics and enzymes, preventative health measures (eg. clostridial, avian influenza and avian pox vaccination), feeding fibre (eg. sources of fibre and chopped length of fibre), egg collection time (eg. collection methods), egg cleaning (eg. cleaning methods), egg prestorage (eg. storage period, temperature and relative humidity), incubation and hatching conditions (eg. temperature, carbon dioxide levels, relative humidity levels, oxygen level and ventilation).

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Project Stage


Project Start Date

Monday, January 14, 2008

Project Completion Date

Friday, May 30, 2008

Journal Articles From Project

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Advanced Technology

National Priority

NAP-Enhance industry success through targeted industry-specific RD&E


Related publications


Reducing Mortality Rates in Ostrich Chicks