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Growing broilers chickens in cages

What are the advantages of raising broiler chickens in cages compared to the conventional deep litter rearing in a fully automated system

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June 6, 2017

It is important to specify the type of cage and possibly the cost implication. A cost-benefit analysis will clearly demonstrate which management system is better.

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ahmet nuri bilgin ahmet nuri bilgin
Veterinary Doctor
June 9, 2017

Low FCR, Less labour during loading of live birds. Zero cost for litter. Less energy cost for heating in cold climates. faster growing vs on litter. less gastro intestinal problems.
The relative humidity must be arranged by keeping the concrete floor wet during ventilation for transferring the heat produced by the birds out.

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Jonathan mpande Jonathan mpande
Poultry farmer
July 1, 2017
its nice to here from the panel of most qualified specialist, where do we need to improve on diet in order to make these cage poultry work for both commercial and small scale farmers?.
Whats the cheapest model of cages can this forum advice the common small scale farmer to go for?,
whats the deference in weight, mortality and general health at 42 days for flood and cage raised broiler being given the same quantity and type of feed?, kindly Email and forward the solution to jompande@yahoo.com
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Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
July 1, 2017
Just increase your sources of phosphorus level in cage diet,recent rearing from hot climate here can attainabout 89-96% target attainable live weight in 36-42 days
Yes we have the records and as for cages you may adapt your existing cages but with drinkers and feeders modification
Please Google further on broiler cage drinkers and feeders
It can be done just as we do it here all it required is determination and scientific flexibility
Good luck
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Jonathan mpande Jonathan mpande
Poultry farmer
July 1, 2017
thanks for your advice doc, but if its worth trying only the deference in weights will encourage other farmers to go for the idea
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July 2, 2017
Dear Doctor
Is there any leg problems(lameness or swollen Hock joints)and any Breast Blisters do you.notice.Thanks
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Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
July 2, 2017
These problems were not at all significant as mentioned we embraced a higher level of DCPfor cage rearing
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Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
July 2, 2017

Jonathan, the weight gain prospect is definitely the strength of this option.

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July 3, 2017
What about calcium phosphorus imbalance in case of increased phosphorus level in diet ?
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Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
July 3, 2017
DCP is a DiCacium Phosphate containing a mixed calcium and phosphorus minerals
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ahmet nuri bilgin ahmet nuri bilgin
Veterinary Doctor
July 3, 2017
it is not advisable for small scale farming.
we put 80 000 birds in each house , and keep the birds according to their body weights. because each cage in our houses can be loaded maximum 250 kgms. so if we put 125 birds in each cage, we must slaughter at 32 days when they riched 2 kgs. if we want to slaughter at 2,5 kgs in 38 days , we must put 100 birds in each cage.
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Lawal Sesan Lawal Sesan
B.SC, M.Sc and Ph.D IN VIEW
July 8, 2017

How do you go about the brooding, feeding and water of these chicks in cage?

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Stephen Adejoro Dr Stephen Adejoro Dr
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
July 10, 2017

Dear Lawal, you can read our previous discussion, it was discussed.

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ahmet nuri bilgin ahmet nuri bilgin
Veterinary Doctor
July 10, 2017

Dear Mr. Lawal, If you have time to visit our facilities in Turkiye, I can show you how to heat, brood, feed, water, load, upload etc. in broiler cages.

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July 10, 2017

Rearing broilers in cages is not so popular in many parts of the world because the challenges we face in brooding, vaccination, feeding and finally lifting the birds etc., and, most importantly, initial Infrastructure cost per bird may not be feasible in broiler cage system. If prices are comfortable we can opt for cage system or like Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar style... they rear the birds on the floor?

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Oscar Briceño Oscar Briceño
BSc. cMSc (Nutrition and statistics)
July 10, 2017

I believe that must be a reduction in energy in the feed because of less movement in the cage. What about other nutrients like amino acids, vitamins, for example, biotin
I think there were more contributions and opinions about the nutrient requirements.

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manoj Singh manoj Singh
M.v.Sc. (Poultry Science)
July 11, 2017

In my view, if we ignore the poultry welfare issues, cage rearing is more advantageous in the following prospects: no expenditure on litter, less incidences of coccidiosis, reduced cannibalism, better growth and feed efficiency, less feed wastage, cleaning and disinfection become easier.

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Joel Ijasini Joel Ijasini
Student
July 11, 2017

Please, how do we assess nutritional intake of broilers on free range?

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November 9, 2018

Dear Sir,
you did a great job, it inspired me too.

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July 31, 2019
Wow this information is so useful
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