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Poultry Housing

Developed through our Haygrove Polytunnel innovations.
Birds are free to roam on open pastures during the day time.

Benefits of Haygrove Poultry Housing

It is estimated that more than 50 billion chickens are reared annually as a source of food, for both their meat and their eggs. The majority of poultry are raised using intensive farming techniques. According to the Worldwatch Institute, 74 percent of the world's poultry meat, and 68 percent of eggs are produced this way. One alternative to intensive poultry farming is free range farming. In the UK, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) says that a free range chicken must have daytime access to open-air range during at least half of their life.

At Haygrove we believe in free range farming. There are some important benefits not only for the poultry but also for the producer:

Free to roam Birds are free to roam on open pastures during the day time. This means the birds can exhibit their in-built behaviors for scratching and creating dust bowls
Stocking densities For the UK this is set at 9 birds per square meter for normal free-range and 6 birds per square meter for organic free-range production. Space to live again significantly increases bird welfare
Less bullying Access to open pasture can be designed through 'pop holes' built into the side of the Halo building. These pop holes can be accessed directly from the nesting area which limits the ability of other birds to bully shier birds and prevent them from accessing the range
Lower mortality All Halo mobiles come fully insulated to protect from the cold and also include roller venting systems to moderate the house from excess heat . In addition, when Halo buildings are managed well, bird mortality caused by bullying and aggressive behavior from other birds is very low
High productivity Professional free range producers achieve excellent outputs and are able to match intensive systems
Wonderful eggs and meat We all can see the noticeable difference from free range produced eggs with dark yellow yokes and free range meat that has not been force reared
Marketing advantage Producers can take advantage of the opportunity to market a higher welfare product that the consumer feels better about buying and genuinely tastes better