How to heat a chicken house cheaply in South Africa

How to heat a chicken house cheaply in South Africa. Heating a poultry house with gas heaters is the only way to cheaply warm a poultry house. Gas brooders, or poultry heaters, are far cheaper than any other form of heating. Coal and electricity do no come close – and coal heating still requires fans for the heat distribution. Gas heating puts you in control of the heat – not at the mercy of load shedding and rising costs.

The Gasolec gas heater come in two sizes, has spares easily available, an in the case of a breakdown, we have a team that can come and help – it is unlikely though – if this radiant heater is looked after it will burn for years – it is an industrial strength heater especially designed for poultry houses. The heater is fitted with a dust filter to keep the gas heater running. It is also fitted with a thermocouple so that it will switch on and off as the temperature changes. It is the cheapest, most cost effective heating method available on the South African market – just compare gas prices to electricity prices and you will see.

The greatest part of running gas heaters in your broiler house is that you have control – no more depending on a undependable electricity supply. If your property has no electricity then the gas brooder is, again, the least expensive method of warming your day old chicks. Compare it to coal and it may seem more expensive – but the cost of buying a coal fired heater is very high – and dirty, and a planet killer. Coal will dirty the house and the farm – gas is clean – and it is instant heat, where you need it and when you need it. As it is mostly used only for the first week in a broiler house you are able to section off the day olds and heat only a small section – the chickens will move in and out of the radiated heat area – monitoring themselves. Too hot and they move away – too cold and they move back into the radiation area. A gas heater is also safer than coal – your chickens will love you and the planet will love you.

Some farmers have purchased heaters from the big hardware shops – the kind you set up on your porch – they are great for the first couple of cycles, and indeed seem like a big saving but in the long run you are throwing your money away – they are not meant to burn continuously for weeks on end – they are made for private use. Large restaurants are now also using the Gasolec heater for their patrons – they have burnt their fingers and now want a quality industrial heater - this baby does the job! Give Chicken Shack Agencies a call and get your heater for winter – don’t wait until the last moment. It will last you years and is fully serviceable and repairable should you drop it or damage it.

When you have finished using the heater it is a good idea to take it out of the chicken house – and the gas bottle should never be kept in the house – cleaning the heater off if you have left it in the structure for several cycles is hard work – not to mention the disease that will have gathered on the heater and the bottle – better to remove it once your day old chicks are old enough and have their feathers. Of course if you are in a really cold place your flock may need heat every night – then you can leave the heater – make sure it is properly cleaned off before you place the next batch of broiler chickens.

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M8 gas brooder - best in S.a.

As any poultry farmer knows – if your heat source dies at the wrong time you can easily lose your whole flock – especially if they are young birds. Safe to use in any size chicken house, Gasolec brooders are one of the best gas heaters on the South African market. Modern poultry housing should have insulation in the roof of the poultry house – good insulation and a good poultry heater will make sure your chickens are warm enough. Sisolation is a good type – although any kind of insulation is better than none. This should be installed when your chicken house is built – but it is possible to put it in afterward – and the amount of money you will save on heating and cooling will open your eyes – while the winched curtains are your best form of cooling – insulation comes in a close second. Of course closed environment houses do not have the luxury of poultry curtains for chicken houses – in this case insulation is critical. Chicken Fans are the other side of the coin – to cool a poultry house you will need a good fan – so – fans, heaters, insulation and a good winched curtaining system – and all of your heating and cooling problems will be solved!


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Giving Chickens water

Depending on the size of you poultry house and how many chickens you have there are several ways to give chickens water. For a few chickens the best are chicken fonts or bell drinkers. For many chickens in a large chicken house you would be advised to install a nipple drinking systems – the best nipple drinking systems in South Africa are Impex nipples and Val nipples – both fantastic products. A nipple drinking system can be run in tandem with a pan feeding system or a chain feeding system. Both nipple drinking and pan feeding can be used with free range chicken farming and intensive poultry farming techniques.

Supplying the flock the right amount of water is definitely one of the most important aspects of bringing up poultry. No matter what type of chicken farming you do! A great nipple drinking product could save you money and time… and the most effective methods on the market is an Impex nipple watering kit. Look into the Impex nipple watering system installed by Chicken Shack Agencies.

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Nipple Drinking in a layer cage

Drinking water is distributed through plastic water lines from your header water tank and its made available to your poultry in the hen house from nipples that are coupled to the pvc nipple water pipes. The actual nipples only release a drop of drinking water when the chick pecks at a nipple. A very good drinking water supply is essential – drinking water with scale, and also tap water having sediment will jam any nipples and produce leakages. Your water kit from Chicken Shack Agencies is going to be set up using a water flushing method so the pipes can be purged.

A reliable nipple won’t drip but will only let tap water out of the nipple after the bird taps on the nipple by using its beak. Quite often poultry farm owners choose to put a catch plastic tray underneath the your nipple to stop drinking water from wetting the ground. The main improvement is that you do not have to manually supply the chickens with water — highly time consuming whenever the bell drinkers and fonts have to be filled up and cleaned out each day.

The additional important advantage is the fact that nipples are “virtually no mess” with bell drinkers typically the poultry splash liquids and also mess into the water — causing wet litter and also disease. Inside a broiler chicken house you’ll be able to employ manually operated drinking systems — however in your laying poultry house when you use battery cages you are forced to go with a nipple drinking method. All the nipple piping run through the top of your battery cages and then the nipple sits above the layer chickens head – that makes it straightforward for your birds to drink water.

Nipple drinking methods with no drip cup. (Leak cups are very practical) — and it’s encouraged for you to use them. even though some growers dislike drip cups merely because they could become too dirty and sometimes transfer disease. The nipples of these products are made for broiler chickens. They’re closed by just both a stainless-steel ball, and pin in stainless steel seatings.

Sealed water system

Drinking systems are created to present chickens good fresh water. These are the basic advantages of Impex nipple watering products:

Optimal hygiene;
Better temperature of water;
Minimal drinking water wastage;
Very easy to wash;
Little maintenance;
Always ample nipple drinking points;
Optimal supply of medicine or additives;
Dry dung;
Lower humidity, much less ammonia.

Chicken house for egg production

Large layer house for small poultry farmers

Any Impex nipple drinking product operates this way: The principle water supply is fed from the header reservoir. The water pressure will be dropped to close to 1.5 – 2 bar using a pressure reducer with a filter. The water with diminished pressure flows by way of a meter in which the amount of drinking water can be checked. The water is carried by way of a medication attachment to supply medicine plus supplements for the drinking water source. The filtered water is sent with the PVC plastic water pipes to the pressure reducer of all of the individual drinking lines.

Nipples are set in to heavy rectangular plastic PVC tubing. The length for the nipple water lines will be 3.65 meters. You’ll be able to choose the number of nipples you need for every line dependent on the number of hens per sq . meter ratio. Your nipple pipes will be attached by means of a fastening clamp to keep the tube stable. Nipple lines are generally hung using a winching system, and are usually strung at Three meter intervals. As the hens mature you actually lift the nipple lines to the perfect position for the hens to drink.

The pressure reducer allows reduced pressure (especially useful if your poultry house is on a slope) for the best functioning from the nipple and drip cups. You’ll be able to calibrate the pressure reducer and it can be checked with the drinking water level in the air outlet set. Water is now ready for your chickens out of the nipples.

Impex nipple watering solutions are good for various chicken operations which include laying chickens (poultry grown for egg farming, parent stock, (breeder farms) broiler chickens (chickens grown because of their meat) along with free range hens and natural and organic poultry. The nipple watering solution can be used inside the hen house – when it comes to intensive chicken producing, as well as outside the chicken house designed for organically grown along with free-range poultry and chicken egg farming. While a system such as this is not too difficult to fit inside your chicken coop, if you haven’t done one previously it could present problems, sloping surfaces, unclean drinking water, dripping piping as well as the winching system may well all give you difficulties – therefore you need to get this right – if water does frequently drip inside you structure you will have a extremely undesirable stench and even infection. Chicken Shack Agencies provides and installs on your chicken farm — no matter where you are located. Our company will come out there and remove whichever other system you’ve been using and set up a watering system for your flock – spares and repairs are no problem – whichever company you buy from be sure that there’s a good stock of spares, and they will be eager to come out and help with maintenance – it is essential – quite a few farm owners attempt to get the cheapest price and forget that they’ll need the company to do post sales and service – quite possibly for the next 10 years, with your watering product. Choose wisely. Different brands include Val nipple drinking solutions – a very good system, highly regarded by many producers – yet very pricey, with no added advantage or benefit compared to the Impex nipple drinking .

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Industrial strength Fan for a chicken house

Giving chickens water with nipple drinkers is a good way to water the poultry – there is much less mess and your litter will stay dry – wet litter is the cause of many problems in a chicken house. Nipple drinking systems are also used in layer cages and poultry houses with nest boxes. Nipple drinkers are used in many farming operations including rabbit farming. Using a fan, or fans inside you chicken house will help dry the litter faster – as will keeping your curtains open as wide as you can – even if the nipples do not leak you litter is still wet when it is fresh.

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