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Types Of Poultry Cages

Types Of Poultry Cages

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Types Of Poultry Cages

Types Of Poultry Cages

Based on the number of birds in a cage(Poultry Cages)

it is classified as

  • Single or individual bird cage (Only one bird in a cage)
  • Multiple bird cage (From 2 to 10 birds, usually 3 or 4 birds per cage)
  • Colony cages (Holding birds more than 11 per cage)

Based on the number of rows(Poultry Cages)

  • Single-deck
  • Double-deck
  • Triple-deck
  • Four-deck
  • Flat-deck

Based on arrangement of cages(Poultry Cages)

  • Stair-step cages
    • M-type cages
    • L-type cages
  • Battery cages (Vertical cages)

TYPE OF BIRD REARED(Poultry Cages)

Based on the type of bird reared(Poultry Cages)

  • Brooder / Chick cages/Battery brooders
  • Grower cages
  • Layer cages
  • Breeder cages
  • Broiler cages

Brooder cage/chick cage(Poultry Cages)

  • Specifications
    • Front feeding length : 60 inch
    • Front & Back height : 12 inch
    • Depth : 36 inch
    • of chicks (0-8 weeks) accommodated per box : 60
  • Chick cages are arranged either as single deck or double deck system. The feeders and waterers are arranged on
  • Now-a-days nipple drinker system is followed from day-old
  • Newspaper may be spread over the cage floor for first 7 or 10
  • Feed is usually provided inside the cage during the first week of Grower cage

Grower cage(Poultry Cages)

  • Specifications
    • Front feeding length : 30 inch
    • Front & Back height : 15 inch
    • Depth : 18 inch
    • of growers (9 to 18 weeks) accommodated per box : 10 Layer cage
  • Two types of stair-step layer cages are commonly used in open-sided poultry houses
  1. Conventional cages
  2. Reverse cages (Californian cages)

Conventional cages(Poultry Cages)

  • Specifications for each box
    • Front feeding length : 15 inch
    • Front height : 18 inch
    • Back height : 15 inch
    • Depth : 18 inch

Reverse cages(Poultry Cages)

  • Specifications for each box
    • Front feeding length : 18 inch
    • Front height : 18 inch
    • Back height : 15 inch
    • Depth : 15 inch
  • These cages can hold 3 to 4 They are arranged either in 2-tier or 3-tier.
  • A slope of 1/6 is provided in conventional cages, where as in reverse cages the slope is 1/5.

Advantages of reverse cages over conventional cages(Poultry Cages)

  • More feeding space is available in reverse cages. So, all 4 birds can take feed at a time, where as in conventional cages, 3 birds can take feed and the other one is waiting at the back.
  • Number of cracked eggs is less due to lesser rolling
  • Better ventilation in reverse cages than conventional

Elevated cage layer house(Poultry Cages)

  • The height of the shed is raised by 6-7 feet using concrete
  • The distance between two pillars is 10
  • Two feet wide concrete platforms are made over the When 3 ‘M’ type cages are arranged 4 platforms are needed.
  • In case of 2 ‘M’ and 2 ‘L’ type cages are arranged 3 platforms are
  • When constructing platforms projecting angles or iron rods to be provided to fix the
  • The inter-platform distance is 6-7 feet depending upon the type of the cages
  • The total height of the house is 20-25 feet and the width is 30-33 This type of houses provides sufficient ventilation in tropical countries.

FLOOR SPACE REQUIREMENTS(Poultry Cages)

Type Age (in weeks) Deep- litter (ft2) Cages (ft2)
Egg- type chicken 0 – 8 0.60 0.30
9 – 18 1.25 0.50
> 18 1.50 0.65
Meat- type chicken 0 – 3 0.50
4 – 6 1.00

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