Cost effective chicken coops

Raising chickens as an additional source of income is becoming increasingly popular amongst farmers. A book detailing the construction of a broiler house with easily attainable materials and little expertise, at half the cost of conventional units, is now available.
The Institute for Agricultural Engineering of South Africa’s Agricult Raising chickens as an additional source of income is becoming increasingly popular amongst farmers. A book detailing the construction of a broiler house with easily attainable materials and little expertise, at half the cost of conventional units, is now available.
The Institute for Agricultural Engineering of South Africa’s Agricultural Research Council (ARC-ILI)has designed coops for 100, 250, 500, 750 and 1,000 broilers (chickens from day-old to six weeks of age). Using the prescribed materials and equipment, a house for 100 chickens can be erected for about $500 ($1,545 for 500 chickens, $3,200 for 1,000 chickens). Included in the cost are all components for the construction of the house, a water tank, water troughs and fonts, tube feeders, feeding trays, temperature gauge and a gas brooder for heating should no electricity be available.The coops are triangular, steel framed constructions. Two sets of adjustable side windows, covered with a UV-resistant material and insulation provide ventilation, which is further enhanced by the stack effect as hot air escapes through a roof opening.
The basic construction of the coops ensures that a farmer can construct it himself, without electricity. Storage space for food is provided inside the coop, eliminating the need for additional storage rooms. The plans are standard, but allow for alterations to adjust to the prevailing conditions of a region.
Rosters to simplify the management and actions for the treatment of the broilers in an uncomplicated manner are also available.
The book titled Small-scale Broiler House, is available from the ARC-ILI at about $2.
ARC-ILI: Tel +27 12 842 4000; fax +27 12 804 0753; elmarie@ing1.agric.za
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