• Big Dutchman layer housing has been specifically designed with Southern African climates in mind providing durable, climate-controlled environments for your birds.

  • Working with the natural behaviour of laying hens, Big Dutchman’s layer equipment helps to increase egg productivity while maintaining animal well-being.

  • Big Dutchman provides hens with the perfect environmental conditions including ventilation, feed, water, lighting and more.

  • Big Dutchman layer housing can be built from scratch to your exact specifications or retrofitted to current housing.

  • Big Dutchman layer equipment has been designed to reduce labour costs, increase animal productivity and farm profitability.

  • Big Dutchman: Invest in the best for long-term success.

  • Big Dutchman layer housing has been specifically designed with Southern African climates in mind providing durable, climate-controlled environments for your birds.

  • Working with the natural behaviour of laying hens, Big Dutchman’s layer equipment helps to increase egg productivity while maintaining animal well-being.

  • Big Dutchman provides hens with the perfect environmental conditions including ventilation, feed, water, lighting and more.

  • Big Dutchman layer housing can be built from scratch to your exact specifications or retrofitted to current housing.

Introduction...

From modern housing systems that work with natural nesting hen behaviour for happy, healthy birds, to innovations in interference free bird data gathering, Big Dutchman’s egg production farming equipment provides farmers with increased productivity and bird longevity as well as these distinct benefits.
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Benefits

  • Animal friendly systems that promote hen health, well-being and productivity
  • Organic, barn and free-range egg production systems
  • Bird centric ventilation, climate and lighting solutions
  • Sophisticated clean water and food supply
  • Automated manure removal for optimal hygiene
  • Incorporated animal behaviour technology to ensure early nest adoption
  • Automated egg collection and protection systems
Eggs are the cheapest form of animal protein, which has resulted in a dramatic increase in the demand for eggs. This has opened opportunities for farmers to introduce egg production as an alternate and symbiotic farming product.

Big Dutchman Southern Africa has been assisting farmers with world-class, scientific and intuitive egg production equipment since 1966. With global and local experience in every aspect of egg production, farmers who work with Big Dutchman have experienced increased profitability and efficiencies.

In egg production there are 4 key aspects that affect hen productivity and longevity. Big Dutchman egg production equipment empowers farmers with information, animal centric solutions and scientific systems that reduce animal stress.

Pullet Rearing

Based on egg production global research, the success of hens and increased laying time is strongly dependent on their familiarity and comfort levels with their environment.

Raising and training laying pullets from day-old chicks for their life in the hen house increases well-being, longevity and reduces the hen stress experienced when moving pullets from a pullet rearing house to a hen house.

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Big Dutchman is passionate about farm profitability as well as animal well-being and productivity. Raising pullets instead of buying pullets from a pullet farm enables farmers to better control early nutrition, hygiene and access to clean water, all of which plays a vital role in the hen’s adult health.

Big Dutchman pullet rearing houses provide farmers with the following exciting benefits:

• Birds are raised within a similar environment to the laying aviary which reduces their stress, increases their longevity once they move to the aviary and gives them an ideal start into the laying period.
• Automated feed and water systems ensure pullets get maximum nutrition from day 1 resulting in stronger, healthier birds.
• Belt residue removal along with automated ventilation and climate control keeps pullets healthy and the aviary hygienic.
• Bird centric automatic weighing provides critical information about pullet health while keeping the birds stress free.

Hen Housing

As an innovator in hen housing, Big Dutchman has a wide range of hen housing solutions available. Key to each housing solution is 4 key aspects:
  • Bird wellness which includes feed, clean water and enough space for birds to move, perch, scratch and generally behave as happy chickens should.
  • Egg collection and safety.
  • Hygiene and climate control and bio-security.
  • Hen productivity.

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Big Dutchman has been innovating hen housing solutions for increased egg production for over half a century. Critical to the success of any egg producer is happy hens. Big Dutchman hen houses take a variety of natural animal behaviours into account in the design of our egg production solutions.

Animal Friendly Aviaries

Big Dutchman animal friendly aviaries provides birds with a tiered nesting system in which movement, perching and scratching are all available to the birds at any time.

With food and water lines situated just outside nesting areas, birds naturally settle in the nesting areas where egg belts safely carry laid eggs away and manure belts remove most of the manure in the house.

Big Dutchman’s animal friendly aviaries for regular and free-range egg production, make the most of any house area with the entire house floor being utilised for scratching and additional perches located at the top of the nesting tiers to encourage bird movement.

Enriched Colony Systems

Big Dutchman’s Enriched Colony System enables egg production farmers to control smaller groups of hens in a tiered system that enables birds to act out their normal behaviour with dedicated nesting, feed, drinking, perching and scratching areas.

Flexible nest curtains allow for undisturbed laying while egg belts safely transport the eggs out of the house.
Excellent house hygiene conditions and comfort along with high yields make Big Dutchman Enriched Colony System a go to for profitable egg production.

Egg Production

Other than the health and wellness of hens, key to a profitable egg production farm is safely transporting, cleaning and packaging eggs for retail. Big Dutchman has done all the hard work, with an automated egg collection system which is flexible, efficient and gentle on eggs.

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When it comes to carefully and safely transporting eggs from the hen house into their packaging, Big Dutchman has thought of every possible nuance.

Egg transport starts with collecting the eggs from the nests. Big Dutchman’s variety of egg collection solutions ensures the gentle handling of eggs, reliability and easy handling and includes the following additional benefits:

• Space efficiency
• Minimal human interaction with the eggs
• Inbuilt cleaning and sorting capacity
• Simple assembly and maintenance
• Can be retrofitted to a variety of hen house systems.

Once the eggs have been collected from the hen house Big Dutchman uses a variety of belts to gently but efficiently move the eggs to the Big Dutchman egg cleaning units. These units gently and efficiently clean the eggs using a combination of ultrasound, warm water and a cleaning solution.

Finally, Big Dutchman’s egg count technology counts every single egg providing valuable data on production before eggs are transported to the packer..

Hen House Management

When it comes to egg production, profitability knowledge really is power, which is why Big Dutchman has teams of people all over the world carefully designing egg production systems that reduce input costs and increase hen productivity. When Big Dutchman partners with an egg production farm, we take all aspects relating to that particular farm into account.

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Every aspect of the hen house affects the health and productivity of the flock, which is why Big Dutchman has developed holistic house management tools to empower farmers to take control and manage every nuance of the house.

Key to every decision is information which Big Dutchman provides farmers through these ground-breaking products:

• BFN Fusion gives poultry farmers ultimate control of their house by collating information from each Big Dutchman system such as feed, water, manure, ventilation, egg collection and more. This information is available in micro-detail and macro detail which empowers farmers to quickly assess the productivity of each house at any time of the day.

• Viper Touch is the latest in climate and production management control giving farmers the ultimate control of every aspect of the house, from ventilation to climate control to alarms, Viper Touch makes managing your poultry house as easy as “clicking a button”.

• AMACs is a Big Dutchman software and hardware solution for the control of every house across whole egg production farms, giving farmers the information they need on each house to make strategic decisions.

• Big Dutchman Poultry House Alarm systems provide farmers with the safeguard they need to ensure the safety of each house. Monitoring ammonia levels, ventilation and more Big Dutchman’s poultry house alarm systems help to prevent house disasters before they become a problem.

This month’s highlighted product

Product 1: Univent Starter House

The Univent Starter House is a dynamic professional rearing system that enables farmers to raise chickens from day old chicks to pullets. Consisting of two different tiers to satisfy the requirements of day-old chicks and pullets Univent Starter House provides a start tier and a grow tier with or without an automated manure belt for excellent rearing results.
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Big Dutchman was pleased to be part of a project completed in Welkom Conshara Farms, a 400 000 Layer facility. This project is the first of its kind in Africa with a double story 8 tier housing system that comfortable and safely accommodates up to 40 000 birds.  As a fully environmentally controlled building Big Dutchman equipment […]
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