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Large floor house with alternative system in France

by 5m Editor
6 February 2006, at 12:00am

FRANCE - On Wednesday the 1st of February an Open Door day was organized by family Philippe in Cerneux, France. In the beautiful Champagne region, some 150 guests visited the first large floor house for 20.000 laying hens, which are housed on an alternative system with free range, according to the “BIEN-ÊTRE” standards. The house was built by Serupa and installed by Vencomatic.

In the house, which has a width of 19m and a length of119m, there are two nest rows and a manure belt system installed. The Classic Centre Belt nest from Vencomatic has a moveable floor, which removes the birds from the nest at night. As a result of this Mr. Philippe is assured both clean and hygienic eggs. The eggs are transported to a central place in the house by means of a Vencobelt, after which a Prinzen egg packer is packing the eggs. This compact egg packer has a maximum capacity of 24.000 eggs per hour.

The house has an air mixing box from Vencomatic, which mixes fresh air from outside the house with warm filtered air from inside the house, and subsequently aerates the manure on the manure belt through the air tubes. Owing to this the manure is dried and there is fresh air on bird level. Every week the manure on the manure belt is transported out of the house to a separate manure shed. The manure conveyor belt has a new distributing-belt, which gradually distributes the manure in the manure shed.

This new house of Mr. Philippe is the first step of his switching over from cage egg production to free range eggs. Along side his production farm Mr. Philippe also has an own egg pack station, CDPO, and sells every year some 450 million eggs.

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