Deep Litter or Battery Cage

Deep Litter or Battery Cage

Postby LEKEFARMS » 2016-05-21 11:44

Deep Litter Or Battery Cage –
Reasons Poultry Farmers Should Go
For Battery Cage Over Deep litter

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

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

Stock taking is much easier in a
battery cage. Even if there are tens of
thousands of birds on the farm, the
owner or manager can easily count
his birds. This exercise would be very
difficult to carry out in deep litter
system where they birds are moving
about constantly. Farm hands find it
easier to steal from the flock in a
deep litter system.

Waste removal is easier in a poultry
farm operating battery cage system.
Removing poultry litter in deep litter
system involves complete removal of
shaving, moving of birds etc whereas
for caged bird, you just need to
remove the layer of shaving spread
under the cages every 2-3days. You
can mix fossil shell with the birds’
feed to reduce odour or include
larvacide to eliminate maggots (fly
larva stage) on your farm. This may
however increase your total running

Battery Cage Or Deep Litter System
– Deep Litter Vs Cage System
Various trials have been carried out
to compare the effects on egg
production, egg quality and feed
conversion using battery cage versus
deep litter system models of
management. It has been discovered
that these variables improved greatly
in poultry cage rearing system as
opposed to rearing on the floor.
However, you need economic survey
to be able to ascertain the profitability
and relevance of each rearing system
to different in different climates.

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Re: Deep Litter or Battery Cage

Postby LEKEFARMS » 2016-05-31 7:04

Ok.. But most of the aforementioned are not available in Nigeria.
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