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Report No. 269

9. Stocking Density in Poultry Farm.-

(1) For the purpose of calculation of the floor space, the area of nests, nest boxes and elevated perches shall not be included, but the non-elevated perches that are integrated into slatted floors shall be calculated as a part of the floor space.

(2) In a single level house, a minimum of 0.14 sq. meters per hen shall be provided to allow normal behaviour.

(3) In a house with litter and a raised slatted area, with a perching or roosting area over a droppings pit or belt, the minimum space allowance shall be 0.11 sq. meters per hen.

(4) In multi-tier systems with feeders and drinkers on overhead perches or platforms, and in which the overhead perches or platforms provide sufficient space for at least fifty-five per cent of the hens to perch then, a minimum of 0.09 sq. meters (900cm2) space per hen shall be provided.

(5) The pullets shall be housed with a space allowance of not less than the following, namely:-

(a) 0-6 weeks 72 in2 (464 cm2);

(b) 6-18 weeks (or placement in layer house) 144in2 (929 cm2) ; and

(c) pullets shall have access to perches before six weeks of age so that they are prepared for introduction to the laying environment.

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