Know How / Layers / Housing and handling

Choosing the system in which you house your birds represents a huge commitment. Modern multi-tier aviaries may seem similar on the surface, but in reality, will have quirks that require careful consideration.

Case studies

See all

LAYERS

Rearer's advice on getting pullets off to a good start

Modern hybrid hens are genetically sophisticated and achieving their productive potential will only be possible if the development period from chick to hen is carefully managed. Attention to detail is…

Practical advice

See all

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to prepare pullets for laying in multi-tier systems

Margins are tight in poultry production, and a traditional pinch point where savings can be found has often been pullet rearing, where farms often forgo specialist equipment in favour of…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 alternatives to spreading poultry manure on land 

Poultry farmers are increasingly looking at practical uses for poultry manure to future-proof their businesses and achieve additional income. The amount and timing of spreading on land – the most common way…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on cleaning free-range poultry sheds

Planning turnaround and the logistics is a big undertaking. But a well-executed clean can help set a new free-range flock off to a flying start. Andrew Watson of Bowler Eggs…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Constructing poultry sheds: Your risks and liabilities explained

In the past three years there has been a huge increase in the number of poultry houses as a result of either expansion or diversification. This growth is set to…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Top feed and shed tips for egg farmers

Bob Waller was an agricultural manager for Freedom Food before becoming an independent consultant. His key piece of advice was planning ahead and paying close attention at every stage of…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How LED lighting can improve poultry performance

Poultry farmers should consider changing the lighting in their sheds to enable their birds to see and perform better, according to a specialist in poultry photobiology. John Matcham, technical sales…

Insights

See all

POULTRY

How a high-tech poultry unit is opening up to the public

If there is one criticism that can fairly be levelled at the commercial poultry sector in the UK, it is that engagement with its ultimate customer, the British public, can…

POULTRY

Latest advances in science for poultry farmers

Every year, hundreds of academic papers relevant to poultry are published, with their findings often trickling down to farms in the months and years that follow. Here, Poultry World rounds…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Opposition and errors hamper poultry planning applications

Poultry farmers are finding it harder than ever to get planning applications for new buildings through the system. Local authorities are making too many mistakes in the planning process and…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How free-range layer multi-tier systems work

Free-range hens are increasingly reared on flat-deck systems before being transferred to multi-tier sheds when coming in to lay. One company argues there is a better way, as Jake Davies…