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Report No. 269

13. Perches -

(1) Perches shall be provided in all houses, and they shall provide for an area of at least 15.24 cm per hen. At least twenty per cent of perches shall be elevated but perches shall not be located too high as hens can fracture bones jumping down from high perches , and for the purpose of calculating perching space, only perches located more than 40.64 cm and less than 1 meter above the adjacent floor shall be taken into account .

(2) The perforated floors may be considered as perching space when they have perches incorporated within the floor structure or attached on top of the floor.

(3) The minimum space between incorporated perches shall be twelve inches to allow birds to easily roost simultaneously.

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