A battery cage, sometimes called a conventional cage, is designed to house laying hens, meaning female chickens who produce eggs. After being born in hatcheries, undergoing the process of debeaking, and awaiting maturity (which usually takes about 18 weeks), hens are sent to the battery cages where they will spend the remainder of their lives, which generally last for about two years. battery cages are the most common method in the US for confining chickens in order to produce eggs on an industrial scale. These small, cramped, barren cages cause a host of negative physical and psychological impacts. The bones of laying hens grow brittle and easily broken, and their natural desires to scratch, explore, and nest are systematically denied.
The welfare concerns arising from battery cages are what have spurred many countries and states to phase out or ban these cages. But first, it’s important to understand exactly what a battery cage is and why it is so harmful.
- 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 an increase in production level.
- It provides comfort and stability for the birds.
- Feeds are less consumed and it avoids wastage.
- Records keeping of individual egg production and culling of poor layers are made easier.
- A farmer can easily do a stock count of the chickens.
- It is easier to care for pullets.
- 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.
- It is easier to operate.
- Labor requirements are minimal.
- Eggs are collected with minimal disturbance to the hens
- Consider the dimensions of a cage so as to give the chickens enough space in the cage.
- Choose a cage with durable feeder trays. Types of feeders for battery cage includes aluminium, PVC, wood and plastic.
- Make sure you the cage is fitted with drinkers. Types of drinkers include nipple drinkers, PVC and so on
- Ensure that the cage is made of durable mesh. Types of materials for the poultry cage are galvanized iron and non-galvanized iron.
- The number of birds per compartment of the cage should be 4-6 birds.
- You can choose between buying an imported poultry cage or a locally fabricated chicken cage. You can also choose between manual, semi-automated and fully automated cages. It all depends on your farm size and the available capital for running the poultry farm. However, foreign cages and automated cages may be more expensive especially for beginners with small capital.
|Capacity||4 Birds/ Box|
|No of Tiers||3 Tier|
|Cage Type||A Type|
|Material||Galvaised Iron (GI)|
|Equipment Use||Poultry Farms|
|Brand||Vijay Raj Poultry Equipments|
|Type of cage||Layer Cage|
|Birds Age Group||16 – 72 Weeks|
$200.00 – $2,500.00