• An aviary enables more birds per square metre of building to be reared than a floor rearing system
    • Wide range of models available 2, 3 or 4 tiers with 8, 12 or 16 compartments in 241 x 177 cm sections
    • Feeding, watering and perches provided on each tier
    • The aviary incorporates belt cleaning to ensure that manure is conveyed from the different tiers and deposited outside the house
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It has been designed to rear birds that will be transferred into ‘barn', free range or similar floor based systems for the laying period.

Rearing pullets on only the ground level limits the potential earning capacity of a building because the number of birds is restricted by the relatively low stocking density. Birds reared in traditional cages often don't adapt easily to non cage laying accommodation with the scratching areas and the slats on different levels, and one or two tiers of nests to negotiate.
An aviary layout overcomes these negative aspects of pullet rearing, because it offers increased useable floor space, and higher birds numbers. Furthermore, it prepares birds for a multi level egg production system and improves their physical condition through extra activity. An 12x70.5 metres building with a three tier rearing aviary can accommodate 29.952 birds, an effective stocking density of 32 birds per square metre.

The Gemini aviary is available 3 or 4 tiers high, with 8, 12 or 16 individual 32 bird compartments in each 241 cm long, 177 cm wide section. Chicks are enclosed in the compartments of the lower tiers for the first three to four weeks, with feed and water conveniently nearby, and this gets them accustomed to roosting within the structure of the aviary. After this initial period, the doors are opened, and from then on the birds are free to explore and populate all the different levels, including the litter in the wide spaces on the floor.

Feed is provided by a circuit of chain feeder, with perches, for each tier. Nipple drinkers, with height adjustment, supply fresh water. Under the floor of each tier are polypropylene belts to remove the manure on a regular basis, which helps to reduce ammonia levels. As an option, the belts can be fitted with air drying to lower the moisture content of the droppings. An individual belt conveyor at one end of the building transports the manure outside of the house directly into a store or trailer. This improves the environment in which the birds are reared and helps to produce pullets that are in peak condition.