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One of the annoyances about an ordinary chicken coop is that it is not easily moved from place to place, nor provided with a yard. To obtain a yard the coop must be moved separately, and thus require the loss of more or less time. In the drawing shown herewith is a simple, homemade coop,
The feed is poured into this hopper and runs down into the box at the bottom as fast as needed. The size of the hopper can be varied to suit the size of the flock. It should be screwed to wall of poultry house about 12 inches from floor. By using this hopper one may keep a dry mixture consisting of wheat bran and middlings and occasionally corn meal, or a small amount of linseed meal, always before the fowls. In addition, some people feed a mixture of whole corn, oats and wheat in the litter morning and evening, also ground green bone and beef scraps.
Build a crate of lath 2 feet square, 3 feet high, with a slanting cover to keep the hens off the top. Then tack an 8-inch board in front, level with floor of crate. Nail the rack to post or side of henhouse about 2 feet from floor, and put your water pan in crate. The hens will quickly learn to fly up and drink by putting corn on the lighting board. This contrivance keeps the hens from spilling their water or scratching dust or chaff into it. Be sure to nail the rack securely to the wall or post where it is put up.
In the UK, poultry litter has been used for large-scale off-site electricity generation and on-farm space heating of broiler houses using two separate stages-gasification and combustion (Dagnell 1992). Figure 2 shows a flow diagram of poultry litter fuelled power plant. The size of poultry litter production in many countries worldwide indicates a sustained and increasing trend. For example, in the UK, the poultry farming industry produces nearly 1.5 million tons of litter annually per year (Fibrowatt). If land-application of litter is not a viable option due to the potential contamination of aquatic bodies through the run-off of nutrients associated with litter, an alternative mean of disposal is the production of energy, as has been demonstrated in the USA. Many promising projects are under way, both in the USA and Europe, researching the environmental effects and economic benefits of poultry litter biomass combustible. One such example of power generation, the Fibrowatt has built...
A general definition of 'agricultural waste' is not available in the literature. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), agricultural waste is the byproducts generated by the rearing of animals and the production and harvest of crops or trees. Animal waste, a large component of agricultural waste, includes waste (e.g., feed waste, bedding and litter, and feedlot and paddock runoff) from livestock, dairy, and other animal-related agricultural and farming practices. Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) defines 'agricultural waste' as waste produced as a result of various agricultural operations including manure and other wastes from farms, poultry houses and slaughterhouses harvest waste fertilizer run-off from fields pesticides that enter into water, air or soils and salt and silt drained from fields. In the context of this chapter, agricultural waste is defined as waste in the form of the crop residues in the farm, manure from...
Their nutrition must come from a well-balanced diet proffered by management. Unlike the diets typically developed for grow-out production (i.e. somatic growth), broodstock diets must provide the proper nutrition for optimal egg production (i.e. high-quality yolk deposition) and high-quality sperm production. The use of properly balanced diets may indeed affect reproductive performance. Das et al. (1996) found that a diet containing 40 crude protein with an energy level of 4000 kcal kg increased egg production. Cavalli et al. (1999) demonstrated that high dietary levels of n-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) and linoleic acid (18 2n-6) increased not only egg production, but also promoted the tolerance of 8-day-old larvae to ammonia stress. Similar results were observed for ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and tocopherol (Vitamin E) (Cavalli et al. 2003) This clearly suggests the possibility of enhancing not only fecundity, but also larval quality through further improvements in...
Females are typically not fed when being held simply for larval collection (New 1990). However, broodstock held indoors for extended periods of time will require a nutritionally complete diet and excellent water quality to promote superior egg production and quality. Not much work has been done on broodstock nutrition, even though it could potentially impact egg, sperm and larval quality (Cavalli et al. 1999, 2000a,b, 2001b, 2003 Samuel et al.
The prevalence of bronchitis is elevated in agricultural workers despite their lower rates of cigarette smoking compared to the general population and other occupational cohorts. Nonsmoking farming populations appear to have a prevalence range of 3 to 30 for chronic bronchitis. Up to 13 to 20 of hog confinement workers may report symptoms consistent with chronic bronchitis. Exposures to grain dust, swine confinement areas, and poultry farming appear to be associated with the highest risk for bronchitis in the agricultural population. Grain workers may develop a dose-related, acute cross-shift decline in peak flow and a gradual reduction in forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) over the initial 2 weeks of exposure. Many workers also experience cough and dyspnea, which is initially reversible but recurs with seasonal reexposure to grain dust. With chronic exposure, approximately 20 of nonsmoking and up to 50 of smoking elevator workers develop cough and phlegm (84-91).
The waste from poultry facilities can be applied to the land. If the owners of the poultry houses do not have enough land suitable for application, they should arrange to apply the waste to their neighbors' land. Because of the high nutrient value of the litter, many landowners are willing to pay for the litter to be spread on their land. Whether on the owner's land or the neighbor's land, the waste must be spread according to an appropriate waste utilization plan. Poultry waste can also be used for the production of methane gas, buried directly as a fuel, reused as bedding, or used as a feed supplement to livestock.
Research and the development of new techniques to prevent transmission are critical. For example, airborne dust has been discovered to be a carrier of pathogens in broiler breeder pullets (chicken pens). The use of an electrostatic space charge system has decreased the particle concentration and, in the process, decreased the potential of disease transmission to other chickens and to poultry workers (11).
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