Housing

New techniques allow hens to be housed in larger flocks – typically several thousand – and to benefit from insulated and ventilated buildings that come with “all mod cons”.

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New techniques allow hens to be housed in larger flocks – typically several thousand – and to benefit from insulated and ventilated buildings that come with “all mod cons”.

Inside each house they have litter areas where they scratch and dustbathe and are never without food and water. 

Specially developed nest boxes give the birds the quiet and security they need to lay as well as ensuring the egg is clean, quickly collected and can be stored in a temperature controlled environment. In the winter additional lighting extends the hens’ daytime which ensures an all year round supply of eggs.

FAQ

Q. Tell me more about traditional housing?

In a traditional “flat deck” house 1/3 of the area is for the birds to dust and scratch in. The other 2/3 is raised and has feeders and drinkers and some perches whilst down through the middle of the shed there are the nest boxes where the birds lay their eggs.

Q. What is a Multi-tier shed?

“Multi-tier” is a new type of shed, as one young primary school child said when visiting such a shed “Wow an adventure playground for hens”. This system was developed by watching bird behaviour with cameras when different things and objects where added to the house. Over many years this system has evolved into what some use today. The shed has many levels where the birds can express all the natural behaviour that they would do in the forests where their ancestors came from.
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