Breeding birds have been selected for generations because of their genetic potential for high appetite, rapid growth and high fertility. Therefore, their cultivation requires responsibility and competence on the part of the farmer and maintenance of ideal conditions in the growing premises, high class equipment and strict control of the environment.
One of the important aspects for maintaining the welfare of birds for breeding, is when feeding to find the balance in the amount between supplying too much food (because free-range birds become obese, do not survive the laying period and the breeding process fails) and causing suffering through malnutrition or starvation. Modern data indicate that overall bird welfare is better when food is limited. However, it is very important that the effect on individual birds be supervised by trained staff.
Feeding equipment should be able to deliver small amounts of food quickly, accurately and simultaneously to all birds in the room in the specified quantities and so that the feeder allows access of all fattened birds simultaneously.
Under no circumstances should shedding occur birds by withdrawing food and water. The deprivation of food and water is illegal.
Birds should not be fed on the day they will be transported, as as they travel more comfortably with empty throats. The day before the trip, however give larger amounts of food and water is made available to the birds up to the moment of capture.
In breeding birds, it may be necessary to coordinate water supply in connection with the feeding system and to introduce a program to reduce excessive drinking of water and maintaining the good condition of the litter. In those cases where water supply is limited in time, by substantial it is important to ensure sufficient flow in the drinkers so that all birds to can drink without difficulty and avoid strong competition over time, when the water is released.