Introduction to Chicken Feeding System
Poultry productions are following some pattern of agriculture – growing into a large operation and become mechanized, and the device that is making that change both largely possible and profitable is the automatic or mechanical feeder, a more comparatively new invention. Ever since the incubator permitted for a large scale that hatching of chicks, bottlenecks of the chicken farm has been the feeding of the flocks. When this is done by hand it was more costly, and time consuming – and also feed consuming process. The automatic chicken feeding system has broken that bottleneck.
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What Is an Automatic Chicken Feeder?
The feeder is simply a machine that takes feed from a central hopper or bin out to feed the birds continuously all day. In place of having to fill the score of separate feeding troughs, the poultry man fills just one – the hopper – and does it just this process once a day. There is also a manpower hopper is the beginning of main feed line.
These are the complete set of automatic chicken feeding system are consists of following:
- The Feed Tank.
- Feed Silos.
- Traveling Hooper.
- Feed discharge.
How It works?
The distributing systems consists of with an endless chain driven by the motor and also gears. Here we can see a pan feed sensor where the ends of each feeding line that controls motors on and have to achieve automatic feeds delivery. When all the feeds pan are filled of feed, control box will stop the motors from working. When pan is eaten up, these start the control that will restart the motor.
After the feeds are put into the hopper and the machine is started, the operations are continuous.
Feeds in the hopper are moved to an outlet ports at the bottom of hopper. It falls through the opening onto the slowly moving chain. The chain, which are travels through the trough, carries the feeds along with it out to the flock. The bird eat it from trough.
The chicken breed feeds tank outside at the chicken house where transports are the feed system into the feeds silos, and then the conveying the device transport where feed to the traveling hopper according to the time which is set. When the last traveling hopper are filled with feeds, then the conveying device are stopped automatically. The chicken feeds feeding system run smoothly, and the feeds from traveling hopper flows evenly into the trough so every chicken get the fresh feeds. After the feeds eaten up, the traveling hopper automatically run to the feed discharge position, then the hopper is filled up again.
How Does Automatic Chicken Feeder Save Money?
Today a good automatic feeder will provide money for its owner under a varieties of conditions. It feeds a baby chicks, broilers, laying flock and also the adult turkeys. Some of the feeders will handle any kind of these feed and operate it successfully with the help of any kind of the usual litter materials. For a machine to work under all these various conditions that requires a wide range of flexibility.
It will be possible to adjust or control the amount of feeds delivered by machine to a flock. Baby chicks naturally will consume more less than laying hens. Hence it must be possible to slow down the amount of feed going from the hoppers to the chain. One automatic feeder has a further control – it can be slow the speed of the chain from 20 feet a minute to 6 feet. Another control is provided by time clock which may turn the machine on and off for varying lengths of time.
Advantages of Automatic Feeder over Hand Feeding
The advantages of the automatic feeding are handling the feeding are many. First of all, this course is the saving of feed. Many users claims that the machine may pay for itself within one to two years and the saving in feed alone for the hens and 3 to 4 months for the broilers.
The saving in feeds system is comes from two ways. The birds are not waste feed by billing it and out from an automatic’s trough because they do from a hand-filled trough. The movement of the chain seems to be attracted them, and also encouraging the birds to eat more and more.
Secondly the saving is in labor. In place of spending hours each days filling troughs, the poultry man may dump a few bags of feed into the hopper, and check the chain and feeding system – to forget the feeders for the day. He does not have to clean troughs. In place of taking in one set and putting them out a larger one as the birds grow, he merely raises trough and hopper in a little higher. Unlike hand feeders little or no cleaning of these trough is necessary.
The indication of the time and the labor saving may give by the experience of the HIGHTOP Metal Mesh Company Ltd. And, none cares for 40,000 to 50,000 broilers instead of 10,000 he would when hand feeders were used for feeding.
Considering these advantages and reduction of manual effort for your poultry, It would be personally recommend that you need to think of a Automatic Chicken Feeders if you haven’t done it yet. Also, have a quality service providers for the production are not an easy task to find.
Recommendation of Maintenance for The Automatic Chicken Feeding System
- Water Supply
Check the birds’ water consumption and have a record of it.
Check the water column inside and the transparent hose are at the beginning and end of each the cage row.
Check nipple drinkers and Immediately clean it any that are leaking or not working properly.
- Feed Chain
Make sure that to feed the chain are always lying at flat in the feed trough. If it is buckles during the operation immediately switch off the device and check whether the feed’s chain is caught at somewhere and if it is, correct the problem soon.
- Technical Management
Take a proper care of mechanical joints and metal parts of running the feeding system so that they can remain safe from being rusted. Also maintain the quality of foods and water are supplied to the chickens.
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