DEEP LITTER SYSTEM IN POULTRY MANAGEMENT. how do we recognize deep litter system of poultry farming? what are the key features of deep litter system? in a nutshell, deep litter system of poultry farming is very important in the production poultry livestock as it is a very secure method of poultry management system
FEATURES OF A POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
The floor of POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE is made of concrete.
The walls of POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE are made of sand Crete, mud, zinc or wood, and usually about 60cm – 90cm high
The roof is made of asbestos sheets, corrugated iron sheets or it is thatched
The space between walls and roof is covered with wire-nettings for good ventilation
) The floor of POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE is uniformly covered with wood shavings to serve as litter for absorbing poultry droppings used for compost manure
(iv) Poultry set such as feeding and drinking troughs are placed in convenient places inside the pen of
HOW TO BUILD POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
(v) Such equipment may be placed on the floor for the young chicks and on raised platforms or hung from the roofs for the older birds
(vi) The number of birds housed in the POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE depends on the size of the house and the age of the birds. Usually, three adult birds to 1m of floor space.
(ix) The direction of wind and sunshine is normally considered when sitting the deep-litter house (east-west direction)
(x) Disinfectant bath or food dips are usually provided at the entrance of the POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE to prevent introduction of disease pathogens by visitors.
(xi) Litter is normally changed periodically as occasions demand to prevent disease build-up.
(xii) The POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE may be partitioned ml pens to house different age group for convenience of management and avoidance of disease spread.
(xiii) Laying nests are adequate provided.
(xiv) Gutter with insecticide – treated water around the house are provided to prevent the attack
Apart from wood shavings, other suitable litter materials include crush cobs of maize (after removing the grains crushed dry kenaf stems and peanut shell Saw-dust must never be used as litter material because of certain disadvantage such as:
(i) Due to its fineness, it is not durable as litter material.
(ii) The birds inhale the dust which creates chest congestion, leading respiratory problems.
(iii) Saw-dust cakes up easily.
(iv) It habours more bacteria than other systems.
(v) It also contains more foreign bodies like nails, etc than other systems.
ADVANTAGES OF THE DEEP LITTER SYSTEM
(i) POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE increases efficiency in poultry management
(ii) POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE facilitates the management of very large flock
(iii) DEEP LITTER SYSTEM maximizes the use of land
(iv) It increases the rate of growth and production
(v) DEEP LITTER SYSTEM maximizes the use of labour
(vi) It reduces the loss of eggs to vermin, snakes and thieves
(vii) Birds are protected from harsh weather conditions in POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
(viii) POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE facilitates the ease of identification of sick birds
DISADVANTAGES OF THE DEEP LITTER SYSTEM
(i) The cost of construction of deep litter house is high
(ii) POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE requires a large quantity of litter which adds to the cost of production
(iii) There is wastage of feed by birds in POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
(iv) Cannibalism and pecking of eggs are common in POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
(v) There is high spreading rate of disease and parasite inside POULTRY DEEP LITTER HOUSE
(vi) The litter makes eggs dirty
(vii) It is difficult to detect unproductive birds DEEP LITTER SYSTEM
(viii) It is very difficult to catch birds on deep litter system
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