|Better Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)|
|How to house poultry|
81. In the poultry house put wooden boxes or baskets. Put straw into them. These are the nests in which the hens lay eggs.
Collect the eggs three times a day: every morning, at noon, and in the evening.
There should be a sufficient number of nests. You need one nest for every five hens.
On page 43 a laying nest for 50 hens is shown. The perches are hinged so that they can fold up and enclose the nests at night.
82. Poultry rune
These are needed so that the poultry can walk about and find green grass, insects, worms. Put a fence round the run so that the poultry do not run about everywhere, and to protect them against animals.
Leave trees to give shade.
Divide the run into two parts. One part only is used while grass is growing again in the other part.
The runs should be big enough: for 50 hens you need a run about: 25 metres wide, 20 metres long.