In poultry farming, poultry equipage can mean the difference between a farm that’s profitable and one that’s losing its owner money. Modern poultry production practices demand a high level of equipage in order to keep costs down and be competitive with larger producers.
What is some common equipment used on all types of poultry operations?
There are some basics every poultry farmer must have in order to maintain the smooth running of the business.
Pen for your birds
In cold climates, houses with small windows will allow you to grow meat chickens year-round without developing frostbite or pneumonia from exposure to the cold weather. Houses should include an area where the manure from your flock can drop through a slatted floor onto a collection area that will collect manure for composting or direct use as fish feed.
Feeders and Drinkers
Feeders should be available at all times to avoid competing with the birds for food, which puts poultry at risk of health problems related to nutritional deficiencies. Waterers must be located away from poultry house windows so your birds won’t congregate around them – this causes poultry to become overcrowded, stressing birds out and putting them at risk of diseases brought about by stress.
Fans are used in poultry houses during hot seasons when ventilation is needed due to excessive heat buildup inside the poultry house. This equipment keeps poultry cool during extreme weather conditions, minimizing death losses caused by exposure to high temperatures.
All poultry farmers must provide brooding equipment for newly-hatched (day old chicks) poultry so they can stay warm and comfortable without stressing the poor birds out by overcrowding them in small areas. The most commonly used brooding equipment is heating lamps with automatic timers, which are calibrated to go off at intervals during certain hours of the day.
Maintain a constant temperature inside poultry houses since poultry must be kept warm enough to avoid hypothermia – this hampers poultry growth rates and reduces egg production. Overheating in poultry houses can cause heatstroke, putting poultry at risk of dying from the heat before they’re ready to be harvested for food consumption.
Poultry feed storage bins allow poultry farmers to keep poultry feed under cover, away from things like rodents, water spillage, or moisture which can make the feed go moldy. This makes feed last longer and poultry is more likely to eat it when they need it most.
Egg collection equipment
Poultry farmers who wish to sell eggs must collect eggs on a regular basis in order for poultry food products to stay fresh. Without any way of collecting eggs, you risk your flock becoming an omelet factory.
Not good for business! Keep egg production up by providing poultry housing with nests so chickens can lay their eggs inside nest boxes where they won’t roll onto the floor and get dirty or broken.
Poultry processing equipment
Poultry processing equipment is used for removing poultry’s digestive and reproductive organs after poultry has been harvested. This equipment can be expensive but it allows poultry farmers to increase productivity by reducing the number of poultry house cleanings needed during a poultry growing cycle.
Keep your poultry houses sanitary by making sure you always have enough running water and soap or detergent available for washing hands, which should be done at least once per day to avoid spreading disease among poultry farm workers in close quarters.
Since poultry manure contains harmful bacteria that spread diseases like salmonella and E-coli, poultry farmers must take care not to touch food product surfaces with dirty hands. Wash poultry equipment and poultry utensils after each use to prevent cross-contamination of poultry food products with poultry manure.
Poultry houses need to be cleaned daily or at least once per week, using poultry disinfectants to get rid of harmful bacteria spread by poultry manure patches inside poultry houses. It is also important to vacuum poultry house surfaces on a weekly basis for the removal of potentially dangerous particulate matter like chicken feathers and poultry feed particles left behind from daily distribution.
Finally, make sure you have transportation equipment available for taking frozen poultry meat and fresh eggs to local markets and food processing for preparation into final poultry food products.
Poultry farms are profitable businesses when poultry farmers are able to provide poultry with the equipment needed. If you don’t have these 10 pieces of equipment, make plans to get them immediately!
The equipment you choose to use on your farm can make a huge difference in the profitability of your poultry business. We want to help you find the best equipage for your budget and production needs, so contact us today! Have any questions about poultry farming or what kind of equipage might be right for you? Message us below in the comment section and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible with some answers.