Advantages and Disadvantages of Elba Chicken Coop

Post cages can be used to raise chickens that are 1-2 months old until they become laying hens aged 4.5-5 months. This cage allows the chicks to move more freely. The cage is equipped with litter or cage mat. When you decide to use this type of coop, you must adjust the size of the coop space to the number of chickens that are kept.

Generally, postal cages are cages whose floor rests on soil or cement but is lined with litter. Litter serves as a floor covering to keep the cage warm. Litter is usually made 5 cm to 10 cm thick. This trash needs to be replaced every six months with a new one. For better results, you can replace 25 percent of the litter in the cage with a new one every three months.

The material used for litter is a mixture of sand, husk, and quicklime. The portion is 80 percent for rice husks, 15 percent for sand, and 5 percent for lime. Rice husk serves to provide warmth to the chicken, lime prevents the formation of ammonia gas and serves to kill germs, while sand serves to prevent clumping.

A peg cage measuring 4 m × 4 m × 2.5 m can be used to accommodate 200 chicks starting from one month of age to approaching chicks or 2 months. The density level used in these cages reaches 12-13 fish/m2. This cage can also be used to raise juvenile and adult chickens. The density level for young chickens is around 5-7 heads/m2 and for adult chickens it is around 4 heads/m2.

Post cages have their respective advantages and disadvantages as follows.

1. Advantage

Cages that rest on a cement floor or soil can make it easier for farmers to save costs and space. Breeders can also build a cage in a place that is not so wide. The manure produced by chickens in the postal coop does not need to be cleaned too often.

The use of husk as litter in addition to keeping the temperature in the room, can also be an additional vitamin B12 for chickens.

2. Losses

The rate of disease transmission in postal cages is high and fast. Breeders find it difficult to identify animal health conditions through feces. Another risk arises from wet or damp waste conditions. This condition can cause intestinal worms and coccidiosis.

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