- Parent Category: Poultry Housing
- Published on 19 February 2012
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Once the ground is level the slab is poured. On this site the slab was 31m x 8m - the actual poultry house to be built is a 30m x 7m layer house. Once the concrete is dry the actual construction begins. The steel angle iron used was 40mm x 40mm and 30mm x 30mm. The roof sheeting was 0.5mm galvanised sheet and the walls were made of 0.3mm steel.
The pelmet for the chicken curtain is then installed - this is made from 550 GSM curtaining that is UV protected. This lies along the top of the wall over the chicken mesh and is for the actual curtain to slide behind. The back wall and the front wall are then covered with galvanised corrugated steel sheeting. The back frame and front frame have cross supports for the tek screws and the front section has door supports and rails for the sliding door.
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Work now begins on the roof - if insulation is to be used it installed now and galvanised wire is stretched along the length of the house to support the sisalation. Extreme care needs to be taken - especially on a long chicken house as the the corrugated sheet is laid - any "off square sheets" will result in a crooked roof. The insulation and the roofing are laid along a line and tek screwed into place. Along the meeting place of the roof sheeting in the center flashing is installed - if air vents are to be used the work needs to be done before the roof sheeting goes up. The tank strand is the installed at the apex of the poultry house near the front. All the holes for the water pipes are drilled and piping installed.
Next curtains are hung and envelopes added. The big gear winches mounted on winch brackets. The poultry curtains are then hung with pulleys and steel cable. Z ropes are added and the curtain system tested. The poultry house is now ready for the electrical systems and timing systems to be installed - this will need to be done by a qualified electrician. All the lights are added (light brackets and plug brackets would have been added earlier. Poultry fans are hung and outside lights are installed. The next huge job are the layer cages - the cages are wired together and the carried into the house to be assembled. Nipple pipe are laid and the water manifold system is then connected. Drip cups for the poultry nipples are attached. Testing the water system is essential and all leaks need to be dealt with.Feeding troughs add strength to the layer cages.
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The door frame is then made - in this case it is a double cooling door - half is covered with mesh and the other half with galvanised sprayed sheeting. Finally the front porch is enclosed with chicken mesh. The entire project took 14 days to erect - this chicken house was built by 4 artisans and 3 casual laborers and the day began at 5am and ended at 6pm. Some nights construction went on until 9pm at night due to a deadline when the layer would be arriving. We worked Saturdays and Sundays.
Next the silos will be installed along with a cross auger feeding system to carry layer mash to the houses. On the same gantry an mono rail is planned to carry the eggs from the houses to the egg sorting rooms. The mono rail will run along the front of the houses as will the cross auger. The silos will be installed at the front of the farm so the feed trucks do not have to enter the property. If you decide to build a chicken house - take your time to do proper planning - it will save you money in the end.