Reasons to Raise Your Layers With Battery Cage

Battery cages are small wire cages where about 95 percent of laying hens spend their entire lives.

Each hen is given about 67-76 square inches of space (a standard sheet of paper measures 94 square inches). Cages are usually arranged in tiers; a large number of cages in one house necessary to accommodate a flock came to be called a battery of cages, and hence laying cages are often called battery cages.

Layers are raised in battery cages for the following reasons;

  1. The system helps you keep birds within a small space and allows very limited movement. This makes the chickens conserve their energy and hence enjoy increase in production level.
  2. It provides comfort and stability for the birds.
  3. Feeds are less consumed and it avoids wastage.
  4. Records keeping of individual egg production and culling of poor layers are made easier.
  5. A farmer can easily do a stock count of the chickens.
  6. It is easier to care for pullets.
  7. It is much easier to evacuate the waste in the battery cage system.  Faeces drop through to the floor or metal trays which are cleaned regularly.
  8. It is easier to operate.
  9. Labor requirements are minimal.
  10. Eggs are collected with minimal disturbance to the hens

Conclusion

In battery cage system, the chickens are kept in cages where their movement is limited and three chickens occupy a cubicle. Their droppings drop to the floor underneath the cages so the chickens have no direct contact with their faeces. Thus, health risks and expenditure on vaccines are minimal.

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