Today, we are going to explain a free-range hen house.
But before we start, do you know the characteristics of free-range hens? We can help you.
Unlike free-range hens, free-range hens can graze freely, which contributes to their welfare and makes for a better product.
To make this possible, the hens supplement their feed with whatever they find in the field, ranging from leaves to insects; it should also be noted that the yolk depends on the feed and that they need more feed than those in cages or on the ground, weighing between 1.6-1.7kg.
The space requirement for these animals is 9 hens per m² indoors. On the other hand, 4 m² per layer is required for outdoor laying hens.
In addition, inside, one third of the surface area is needed for the tenant to dig and 15 cm per tenant for the perch.
In compliance with animal welfare regulations for free-range hens, we have equipped the following house with:
FEED FOR FREE-RANGE HENS
The feed required for free-range hens is around 130 grams per day, so in order to provide a good diet for these animals, we have equipped this poultry house with a galvanised sheet silo and automatic feeding.
DRINKING TROUGHS FOR FREE-RANGE HENS
Drinking is just as important as the feed for these laying hens; for this reason we have installed 2 stainless steel drinking lines, each 8 metres long, with a special container for breeders and a regulation system with initial pressure.
10 hens can drink from each valve.
FREE-RANGE HEN HOUSE
Last but not least, we have installed 4 double nests model PREMIUM +, from JANSEN, specifically designed for laying hens.
This laying system is designed and manufactured with high quality natural materials to ensure the longevity of the system.
The open structure of the mats guarantees clean eggs that roll on to the belt with a precise speed and short distance, which protects the quality of the egg.
At the end of the nest there is a manual, crank-operated collection table.
In addition, the length of the pontoon is approximately 9.76 metres, for a total of 944 animals.
Finally, we would like to remind you that the way of life these hens lead – walking freely, running around, acquiring the sun’s rays – means that they have a better quality of life and that this is reflected in the size and quality of the product, or of the eggs themselves.