Free australian adult chat
Meat chickens are farmed in large open poultry houses, usually refered to as ‘sheds’, ‘houses’ or barns, but sometines as ‘units’.Shed sizes vary, but a typical new shed is 150 meters long and 15 meters wide and holds about 40,000 adult chickens.Chicks are transported from the hatchery to broiler farms, usually in ventilated chick boxes in specially designed, air-conditioned trucks.Although the remains of yolk sac taken into its abdomen at hatching contains nutrients and moisture to sustain the chick for up to 72 hours, it is important that chicks receive warmth, feed and water within a reasonable time of hatching.
Tunnel ventilation sheds have fans at one end of the shed which draw air into the shed through cooling pads in the walls, over the chickens and out the fan end of the house at high speed.
The farmer aims to maintain shed temperatures within this range, although in sheds of large birds towards the end of grow-out, the temperature may be reduced.
Shed temperature and humidity can be managed by altering ventilation and using stirring fans and water mists.
Water lines run the length of the shed, with drinkers at regular intervals.
Water and feed are placed so that chickens are never more than about 2 metres from food and water.