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Our column on laying hens. We have already dealt with some topics such as free-range farming, in this article we have instead talked about shelter and feed, in this post we have also seen how to get hens used to returning to the hen house in the evening. Today we will see how the little ones are managed laying hens farms.
Breeding of laying hens, how to get organized
To accommodate a group of 10 laying hens and a rooster, a small chicken coop is sufficient. 4 square meters with a 2 × 2 meter base will suffice. Perches should not be missing in the shelter but they should not occupy more than half of the surface and on the remaining parts a bedding consisting of wood shavings or straw should be laid: 10 cm is enough for the straw while for the shaving it will take at least 15 cm.
A linear or hopper feeder, a 10-liter siphon drinker, placed on a drainage net and a rack for herbs and vegetables must be set up in the chicken coop. In the shelter a collective nursery should be provided for that for ten laying hens it must have a base of 50 × 80 cm and a height of 40-50 cm with an opening of 20-30 cm. In the area adjacent to the chicken coop there must be a grazing area, this area must be very large, of at least 150 square meters: the hens need space.
When you want to start a little breeding of laying hens you need to prepare a suitable hospitalization. The setting up of the shelter just described is necessary to prevent the hens from laying their eggs in the bushes, on the shavings or in the grass while grazing and on the contrary disseminating their feces in the nest and not where they should: on the shavings! This is why the nest intended for laying eggs must remain closed until the laying hens they have not reached their sexual maturity.
Breeding of laying hens, following
- buy a 2 × 2 box and set it up as a chicken coop
- purchased 10 laying hens aged about 5 months
- leave the hens closed in the hen house for about a week
- during this period the nest must not be accessible
- on the eighth and ninth days, allow grazing in an enclosure
- on the tenth day, allow free grazing from morning to sunset
- after a month open the nest, the laying hens will begin to lay eggs and will give you fresh eggs for another three years
- if the hens do not lay the egg in the nest, collect the egg and replace it with a vase or a bulky stone
- do not let the hens graze in the morning, it is at this stage that the hens lay their eggs
- in the seventh month the egg production must be at least 30 percent, which means that you can collect at least 3 eggs per day