Husbandry systems

Deep litter system

In deep litter systems the hens are able to show much more species-specific behaviour patterns compared to cage husbandry systems. Therefore it can be seen as a system beween the cage and free range systems. The litter area has to be the size of at least one third of the barns ground area. The other two thirds can consist of a manure pit, that is usually covered with a grid made of wire or plastic material. The dung is usually storaged in these manure pits during the whole laying period and is mechanical removed after the hens have been departed.

Perches that are installed right above the manure pit are mostly neclegted by the hens and the birds are additionally constrained in their activity. The provision of elevated perches lays in the courtesy of the owner.

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