Deep Litter Or Battery Cage – Which Should You Use?
Here are some reasons why you should go for the battery cage system as a poultry farmer.
In commercial layers rearing, egg production is much higher in caged birds because movement of chickens is restricted allowing more feed conversion into egg materials.
This is the opposite of what is obtained in floor rearing where birds roam freely, burning considerable energy that should have been directed at producing eggs, resulting in a lower production.
Battery cage system denies chickens direct access to their faeces. This wholly translates to reduced risk of infection and medication costs, lowering the overall cost of production.
Whereas for floor birds who have direct access to their faeces, picking up their faeces with food as well as ammonia build up can constitute serious health risks.
In the battery cage system, the chickens have no contact with their eggs which will roll out of their reach unlike the deep litter where the chickens break some of the eggs resulting to loss of revenue
Feed wastage is reduced to the minimum in battery cage system. Feeding and watering is also easier done when compared with what happens in the floor rearing system.
In deep litter system, feeding and watering is more stressful and even the birds soil the feed and water by soiling it with faeces, they may knock off drinkers leading to wet litter, an important predisposing factor to coccidiosis.
Cost Of Battery Cage In Nigeria
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