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close this bookPractical Poultry Raising (Peace Corps, 1981, 225 p.)
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Use of cages

This cage is suitable for 18 layers, six to each colony cage or two to each double cage. Note: The cage must be hung so that the back of the floor is 7.6 cm (3 in.) higher than the front. This allows the eggs to roll out. Excessive slope of the cage floor will cause the eggs to break as they roll.

Hang cage on a slant so eggs will role out.

A single cage can be placed on a stand, or one or more cages can be hung from beams. The figure on page 99 shows a 72 - bird system that occupies 8.75 sq. m (85 sq. ft.). The cages should be at least 62.5 cm (25 in.) above the ground or floor, and the area below them should be cleaned frequently.

Cage on a Stand

Cages Hung from Beams

The above cage designs, which slant on all sides when hung, are recommended where wire costs are high. This design has a certain disadvantage: the feeders and waterers will have to be tightly secured to the cage to prevent them from hanging away from the cage.

An alternative design uses a little more wire for the front of the cage: