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close this bookBetter Farming Series 13 - Keeping Chickens (FAO - INADES, 1977, 48 p.)
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close this folderSmall livestock farming in the villages
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View the documentLittle work but yields little
View the documentChicken farming must be improved
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close this folderHow to choose poultry
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close this folderTo improve poultry
View the documentGood cocks must be selected
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close this folderHow poultry make use of food and water
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View the documentEnergy feeds
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View the documentSpecial needs of chicks, laying hens, and table poultry
close this folderHow to protect poultry against disease
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close this folderHow to house poultry
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View the documentHow to build a poultry house
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close this folderThe brooder
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View the documentHow to choose and look after hens to produce chicks
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Nests

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.