The housing designs for native chicken are originally developed here at CPU Research Station for Philippine Native Chicken. It passes several years of scientific testing and revision to be practical and at the least possible cost. The design of housing for breeder stocks or for hens and roosters was taken first into consideration. It is of great concern among the raisers who would like to venture into this project. At Philippine Native Chicken, we established the most suitable design at the least cost and has longer utilization life years. The construction costs might be expensive at a glance. However, suppose the costs will be distributed over useful life years. In that case, it is cheaper than the one made of bamboo, wood, and nipa shingles.
The roofing comprises 50% UV net on the top and 200 micros of UV plastic on the lower portion. The purpose of these roofing materials is for faster installation, allowing the natural lights to penetrate inside the housing and containing the possible burning when there is a fire. The UV net may last up to four years, but the UV plastic may extend even to over ten years. These materials can save the costs associated with disinfection. The sunlight is the cheaper source of disinfectant for the housing. Moreover, the access of native chicken to sunlight triggers the synthesis of essential nutrients that need UV light from the sun.
The walling comprises a one-inch hole aquanet and GI sheet. The frame of the housing is made of schedule 20 GI pipes. The GI sheet in the lower portion is needed to prevent the roosters from adjacent pens from fighting each other. The aquanet surrounds the enclosures to prevent the chickens from transferring between pens. It is easy to install and allows better airflow in the housing. The sides should be provided with a rolling curtain to protect the chickens during inclement weather.
The native chicken is known for its ability to roost in the higher area of the housing. Providing the ½ GI pipe as a roosting area can be of great help. As shown in the photo at the left, it roosts place and as a support frame to the housing. Please do not put it near the roofing, for it might allow the chickens to pick the UV plastic. The positioning should be far enough for the two roosters to meet between the pens during the roosting.
Feeding and drinking troughs positioning. The most time-consuming activity is the cleaning of troughs. The design and positioning of this equipment are carefully studied to ease the work.
Waterline with solenoid valve. It regulates the flow of water within the drinking lines. The 24-hour timer governs the opening and closing of this equipment.
24-hour timer for automated operation. The 24-timer is necessary for the automation of the operation on the farm. It can be situated in an area that is accessible to the caretaker.
Freshwater storage tanks. The supply of fresh potable water in a controlled free-flowing condition can help minimize the occurrences of infections. Suppose the raiser is opting to use a solenoid valve and 24-timer. In that case, a pressure tank is needed to push the water within the solenoid valve.
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