The brooding period is important to getting chicks off to a good start and influences flock performance. Depending on the marketweight, the brooding period represents as much as 1/3 ofthe grow-out period. The chick is still developing and will grow rapidly during this period. The objective is to minimize stress on the chick so that the majority of the energy is directed towards growth and development. Below are five common issues seen during the brooding period that can have negative influence o...n broiler performance.