How much space required for layer farming?

Adequate floor space must be provided to the birds irrespective of the rearing system that is being followed. In case of deep litter system, a floor space of approximately 2 sq. ft. per bird must be provided. In case of cage system, the floor dimensions must be 18 inch by 12 inch. This space is sufficient to accommodate 3 to maximum 5 birds. There should be covering on the outside to prevent wind and rain from entering the cage. Owing to the increase in awareness about providing humane treatment to the birds, some farmers let the birds spend their time outdoors in pasture-like areas. In such cases however, the birds must be adequately protected from predators.

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