Cage equipment for grandparent stock management

Cage equipment for grandparent stock management

TEXHA offers equipment for poultry breeder farms specializing in reproduction and rearing of pure (original) line birds that are generally considered as the primary hosts of genetic potential for egg business.

The company’s product range includes the cage equipment for management of grandparent stock – i.e. laying hen and rooster flocks used for parent stock reproduction.

All equipment manufactured by TEXHA is subject to thorough testing at the in-house experimental site. We may boast a vast experience in implementation of individual projects with out-of-box solutions.

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Genetic potential of grandparent stock may be efficiently exploited only using the correctly designed poultry management equipment. Proper housing of the birds in full compliance with the applicable technological standards results in increased performance characteristics of final hybrid hens (laying hens for industrial poultry farming), including, but not limited to their productivity, integrity, peak egg laying capacity duration, egg quality, et cetera.

Appropriate combination of cross breed, poultry rearing technology and poultry management equipment contributes significantly to the profitability of industrial poultry farms.

We offer cage equipment for separate housing of grandparent breeder stock.

In separate grandparent breeder housing systems, the hens and the roosters are kept in separate cages, where the laying hens are housed on the lower levels of cage battery, and the rooster are housed on the upper levels. In this solution, each bird occupies its separate cell.

Advantages and specific features of grandparent stock management equipment:

  • Facility automation: litter removal, egg-collection, feeding, drinking, lighting and microclimate systems.
  • Equipment made from high-quality galvanized steel supplied by the leading European manufacturers.
  • Equipped with darkened nests to simulate conditions close to natural for laying hens.
  • Protective screen made of galvanized steel protects the eggs from pecking.
  • Minimizing the human factor influence on production.
  • Prolonged service life of the equipment.


  • High quality of the equipment
  • Full or supervised on-site equipment installation
  • Equipment commissioning
  • Warranty and post-warranty service
  • Veterinary and technological support
  • Service maintenance
  • Equipment troubleshooting
  • Poultry farm personnel training
  • Development of customized design and process solution based on the customer’s request


  • Scope of equipment to meet your needs and requirements, depending on the production technology, farm building characteristics or area of construction site allocated for poultry house project, climatic conditions and production capacities.
  • Amount of investments required for the project.


Rooster Housing Cage
Number of levels Upper
Number of birds per cage 1
Cell width, mm 406
Cell depth, mm 450
Distance between levels, mm 709
Façade height, mm 570
Cage area per bird, sq. m 1827
Feeding frontline, mm 406
Floor mesh wire, Ø  mm 3,0
Hen Housing Cage
Number of levels 2,3, 4
Number of birds per cage* 1
Cell width, mm 203
Cell depth, mm 450
Distance between levels, mm 518
Façade height, mm 400
Feeding frontline, mm 203
Cage area per bird, sq. cm 913,5
Floor mesh wire, Ø  mm 2,0
Floor mesh slope

* Number of birds may be adjusted depending on the cross-breed, climatic zone and other factors.

Decision is to be made by the poultry farm chief process engineer.

Egg Collection System

For grandparent stock management, TEXHA offers lift-based egg-collection system that ensures reliable, precise and accurate egg-collection process.

Egg collection process automation ensures the following:

  • High process performance;
  • Reduced stress for birds;
  • Low egg damage rate;
  • Compliance with biological safety requirements;
  • Decreased labor intensity.

Lift-based egg collection system consists of the following:

  • Drive stations of lengthwise egg collection belts (one for each battery).
  • Lengthwise egg collection belts
  • Crosswise egg collection conveyor running between the levels;
  • Stacking table for manual egg grading

Lengthwise egg collection system operates on the level-by-level basis. The crosswise conveyor adjusted for specific battery level actuates the respective lengthwise belts, so the egg is transported to the conveyor. Then the egg moves along the inclined conveyor portion and arrives at the stacking table. When out of operation, the crosswise conveyor rests at the upper level in order to avoid interference with the personnel activities.

The lengthwise belts may operate at different speed rates. The speed rate is selected by the poultry farm personnel depending on the egg-laying performance of the flock and the crosswise conveyor utilization level.

In order to prevent egg contamination during handling at the egg collection belt, the equipment incorporates dedicated lengthwise belt cleaning brush with the waste container.

The lift-based egg collection system may be integrated into the general egg-handling system of the poultry farm.

Outstanding features of the system:

  • Smooth adjustment of the egg collection speed rate
  • Easy and convenient maintenance
  • Precise mechanics
  • Delicate handling of product – i.e. the eggs.

Rod Conveyors for Transportation of Eggs from Several Poultry Houses to Warehouse Facility (General Egg Collection System)

Use of rod conveyors with varying capacity rate allows creation of the integral egg collection system, where the eggs are carried from all available poultry units to the warehouse facility for further grading and packing.

The rod conveyor system not only eliminates the need for use of motor vehicles in order to deliver the eggs to the warehouse, but also increases the egg preservation rate, since the rod mechanisms stack the eggs in the strictly pre-determined order. This solution also helps to avoid additional activities, such as packing of eggs into trays, boxes and containers, loading and unloading operations, as well as stacking of eggs on the supplementary tables for feeding into grading machines. Elimination of such activities from the process results in decrease of the egg collection time and reduction of the product damage rate during production.

Application of the rotary systems and use of the hinged members in the rod conveyor designs make the egg handling system highly versatile and compatible with all known poultry farm arrangement configurations.

Availability of the interim drive units provides the means for egg collection system extension to cover the larger distances.

Extra options for egg collection system:

  • Installation of stacking table for receipt of the eggs from any handling systems and supply to the grading machine.
  • Installation of egg counters.
Litter Removal System

This conveyor is developed by TEXHA’s own design engineering department and is intended to ensure safe poultry harvesting process. Conveyor design takes into account various considerations, including own experiences, market requirements, reliability and cost effectiveness of the equipment.

The design is based on the roller conveyor system. A dedicated lifting mechanism moves the conveyor depending on the battery level, from which the chickens are to be harvested. This conveyor acts as a final link of the poultry harvesting process.


  • Safe for birds
  • Energy efficient
  • Easy-to-maintain
  • Minimum service personnel requirement
  • Adjustable speed range
  • Smooth start
  • Active beak feature to reduce a gap between conveyor and poultry harvesting table.

Conveyor Technical Specifications:

  • Conveyor width – 685 mm
  • Conveyor movement speed – 13,8 m/min (without variable speed drive)
  • Harvesting rate – up to 276 birds per minutes
Feeding System

Feeding system designed by TEXHA combines state-of-art solutions and technologies in order to successfully ensure one key and indisputable principle – preservation of the feed quality and timely distribution of the required feed portions for every bird.

Use of our feeding systems helps to ensure the following:

  • Highly precise and efficient feed distribution
  • Feed uniformity for each bird
  • Feed loss prevention
  • Reduced labor efforts
  • Reduced energy consumption

TEXHA offers two different types of feed distribution systems:

  • Bin-based
  • Chain-based

Bin-based feed distribution system consists of the following:

  • External storage feed bin
  • Transverse feed loading conveyor
  • Mobile feed distribution unit for each battery
  • Feed tray
  • Feed dispenser at every level

External storage feed bin is intended for loading and storage of dry feeds. Auger-type transverse loading conveyor supplies the feed from the external bin to the mobile feed distribution unit hoppers for each battery. The mobile feed distribution units are filled with feed on a rotating basis. Transverse loading conveyor is equipped with automated shutdown system.

Mobile feed distribution unit hopper features dedicated inspection hatch that allows control of the feed volume supplied to the feed tray.

The chain-and-disk conveyor is used in order to reduce the transverse hopper loading time at the poultry farms with large flock.

Each mobile feed distribution unit is comprises of two composite hoppers located at the two opposite sides of cage battery. Number of the composite hopper sections depends on the number of levels – i.e. one section per every level. The feed distribution unit is equipped with the leveler brushes or feed dispensers.

System Specifications:

  • Low energy consumption of feed distribution system
  • Precise feed dispensing
  • Even feed distribution for all levels or separate levels of the battery
  • Ensuring uniformity of feed composition
  • Elimination of feed ‘stagnant’ zones thanks to the feed tray design

Chain-based feed distribution system consists of the following:

  • External storage feed bin
  • Transverse feed loading conveyor
  • Following equipment installed at every level:
  • Agitator hoppers
  • Closed feed distribution chains
  • Feed chain drive mechanisms
  • Swivel blocks
  • Feed tray

Transverse feed loading conveyor supplies the feed from the external bin to the agitator hopper. The feed agitator constantly shakes the feed mass in order to prevent sticking and lump formation. The purpose of this process is to ensure even feed distribution along the feed gutter of entire cage battery.

System advantages:

  • Efficiency and reliability
  • Easy operation and maintenance
  • Reduced feed loss
  • High feed distribution unit performance
Drinking System

TEXHA company offers reliable, efficient and easy-to-use drinking system. The purpose of this system is quite simple – to supply the birds with water of proper quality and in sufficient quantity. Furthermore, this system also serves for delivery of necessary medications to the birds.

The system consists of the following:

  • Water treatment unit;
  • Water distribution system for cage batteries
  • Drinking lines at every level

The water treatment units comprises of filters, water flow meter, medicator, pressure gauges, valves and fittings. Depending on the technical specifications, water pressure regulators also may be incorporated.

The filter ensures purification of water from mechanical impurities. Use of 2 filters connected in-parallel through valves and fittings allows uninterrupted water supply to the drinking system without a need for shut-off during maintenance of one of filters.

Pressure gauges in water supply system control the system pressure and record precise values of filter performance rating.

Water flow meter allows operational control of the water consumption, which in turn assists in analyzing the flock condition.

In order to maintain optimal water pressure, the membrane-type pressure regulators are used.

Water distribution system for cage batteries is made of pipes manufactured from food-grade plastic.

The nipple drinkers are attached to the plastic square section pipe. Such design not only reduces the number of connections, but also ensure high-quality assembly and leak-proof connection sealing.

The pipe walls feature special bulges in the nipple screwing-in points in order to ensure reliable nipple attachment.

The drinking lines at each level run through the middle of the battery in order of ensure easy access of birds to the drinkers. Moreover, location of the nipples urges the birds to leave the feeding site and drink only at the designated area. This results in even natural distribution of the flock between feeding and drinking areas.


  • Drinking line pipes:
    • Made of top-of-class raw materials;
    • In-house manufacturing
    • High-quality assembly
    • Minimum number of connection points
  • Nipples moveable up and down
Microclimate System

Microclimate in the poultry management is no less important than the quality of poultry housing equipment, and its role can be hardly overestimated.

Regardless of the cross breed or genetic inheritance of the flock, without proper microclimate conditions the birds cannot maintain good health and yield high-quality product.

Microclimate inside the poultry house is the combination of such factors as temperature, humidity, air flow rate, atmospheric pressure, noise level, air composition, microbiological contamination level, et cetera.

The microclimate system represents the production process, the purpose of which is to create and balance the necessary microclimate parameters using the dedicated technical facilities and instruments.

The poultry farming researchers suggest that the flock productivity depends on microclimate condition by approximately 10-30%. Unfavorable microclimatic conditions result in the reduced disease resistance of the birds. Moreover, the microclimate directly affects the service life of the equipment and even the poultry farm buildings.

The resulting efficient operation of the microclimate system depends on the correct choice of equipment, its correct installation and proper calculation of the system parameters in general.

TEXHA excels in design of automated microclimate systems. When choosing the system, a number of specific conditions should be taken into account, including, but not limited to the cross breed and size of flock, geographic location of the poultry far, i.e. climatic zone, et cetera.

The microclimate system may comprise of the one to four sub-systems in various combinations:

  • Ventilation
  • Heating
  • Humidification / cooling
  • Automation


For hot climatic zones, TEXHA offers cooling units with cellular design (evaporation panels). The cooling panels are designed based on the best and the most innovative developments in the industry, which results in the optimal cooling effect regardless of climatic and operational conditions.

The evaporation panels are made of dedicated cellulose paper with cellular structure, which contributes to the optimal water-to-air contact conditions. Such cellulose paper is carefully processed with odor-free resin, thanks to which the panels have high water-adsorption coefficient and stable structural shape. The special cellular form of the paper bands crossing angle-wise to the symmetrical air flow allows achievement of high cooling performance, while maintaining minimum pressure drop.

  • Absolute performance
  • Air freshness
  • Long service life
  • Easy maintenance


Proper temperature regime is essential for productivity of the flock, especially in the early period of life. TEXHA offers highly efficient poultry house heating system with minimum costs. The system uses direct and indirect heating units operated on natural gas, liquefied petroleum gas or diesel fuel, as well as the water-based fan heaters.

Specific features of direct heating units:

  • Reliability and durability
  • Low noise level
  • High output temperature
  • Quick air heating
  • Performance factor close to 100%

The company offers to options of heat generators installation in the poultry unit: internal or external.

The heat generators are equipped with fuses to prevent overheating and the sealed switches for safe and reliable operation. High-quality corrosion-proof components and durable frame ensure long uninterrupted service life even under the most extreme climatic conditions.


  • Minimum carbon oxide, nitrogen and ethylene oxide emissions
  • Frame made of high-quality stainless steel
  • Automated ignition
  • Integration with the automated microclimate control system.
  • Winter / summer switch that allows to use the heaters as air-circulating fans during summer season.
  • Compliance with international standards and quality regulations.


Ventilation system plays an essential role in creation and maintenance of optimum microclimate conditions in the poultry farm unit. Proper air quality has a favorable effect on the health of the birds and significantly improves the flock productivity.  The ventilation system is selected and customized for each specific poultry farm depending on the climatic condition in the region, where it is located.

Ventilation systems allow maintenance of required temperature, fresh air inflow and air exchange during any season. Such systems use the state-of-art exhaust fans, fresh air valves, temperature control facilities, et cetera.

TEXHA’s ventilation systems offer:

  • High performance
  • Evergy efficiency
  • Low noise level
  • Durability of equipment
  • Reliability and cost effectiveness
Lighting System

Well-managed lighting system in the poultry house affects general condition of the birds, their food craving and physiological development, which is directly related to the flock productive performance. Lighting is an essential way to influence state of heath, behavior and productivity of the birds.

Our equipment uses the state-of-art energy efficient technologies that not only create the favorable lighting conditions, but also reduce the electricity costs.

TEXHA company offers a wide range of lighting systems for poultry farms regardless of the utilized poultry housing and rearing methods.


  • Use of LED lamps with energy consumption
    • 10 times lower as compared to the filament lamps
    • 2,5 times lower as compared to the luminescent lamps
  • Lighting intensity adjustment in 0-100% range for sunrise / sunset functions
  • Compliance with the international environmental requirements;
  • High level of protection against external impacts;
  • Supervised installation is included into the lighting system price;
  • Warranty and post-warranty service

Inter-Row LED Lighting System for Poultry House

The systems consists of controller, dimmer and lamp.

Advantages of P-RLС-1LV-V2  0-10V 230B lighting controller:

  • 99 empty programs available for setting
  • Each program allows setting of the following:
    • Day
    • Time
    • % lighting intensity
    • Switching period in minute until light intensity reaches the set value
  • Lighting intensity may be manually adjusted
  • Ability to switch the lights on / off independently for each individual level

The system is equipped with the digital light regulator – EPU-1500 dimmer. Every experienced poultry farmer is well aware how important role is played by the light flickering prevention and correct lighting intensity setting. EPU-1500 dimmer is specifically designed to control to the lighting intensity and allows easy adjustment using either any 0-10V analogue input or communication line.

EPU-1500 is specifically designed for easy, safe installation and convenient maintenance of the equipment. The dimmer may operate both in automatic mode and manual mode, which allows smooth sunrise / sunset switching and offers opportunity for adjustment of poultry house lighting range, as well as lighting intensity lower and upper limits.

Basic characteristics:

  • Dimmer 230В AC with phase cut-off;
  • Stable operation in low lighting intensity conditions;
  • Brightness control through 0-10V signal or RS 485 (MODBUS-RTU) interface;
  • Flexible MIN / MAX settings;
  • Digital control of RGB (W) color lamp dimming;
  • Automated learning of set values;
  • Ability to restore the set values after power outage;
  • Alarm reports of LEDs: overheating, overloading, short circuit, low voltage;
  • Easy mounting;
  • Water-proof sealing for cables.

TEXHA offers 4W and 6W LED lamps for lighting of inter-battery space in the poultry house. These lamps are compatible with various manual, automated and remote control systems, as well as brightness dimming devices. These models are specifically designed to replace conventional lamps: 40W filament lamps and 13W luminescent lamps. The new model offers glow performance of 72 lm/W, which is achieved thanks to the combination of high-quality LEDs and pure aluminium elements. Furthermore, dedicated design allows reliable prevention of lamp overheating.

Automation System

Modern poultry farm businesses usually seek to implement automation of complete range of involved production processes and works. State-of-art technologies support continuous accumulation and processing of data related to all technological and business processes, careful supervision, immediate response and management of production process for entire poultry farm facility regardless of how large-scale it is.

TEXHA offers wide range of equipment and varying degree of automation for all essential systems used to support the vital needs of birds. Vast experience and professional expertise of our expert team help to select the most appropriate solution both in terms of its functionality and its cost.

Our services:

  • Design and development of control system based on input data
  • Installation and commissioning
  • Service support
  • Poultry farm personnel training
  • Warranty and post-warranty service

TEXHA’s system automation solutions:

  • Microclimate
  • Litter removal
  • Poultry harvesting
  • Egg collection
  • Feed distribution
  • Auxiliary features:
    • Feed weighting at external feed bins
    • Emergency opening of positive pressure ventilation
    • Emergency detection of water level
    • Drinking line flushing

What does our automation solution do?

  • Eliminates human factor influence
  • Enhances equipment performance
  • Improves finished product quality
  • Saves resources
  • Creates favorable conditions for poultry rearing and management
  • Ensures uninterrupted operational process
  • Provides opportunities for extension of production

TEXHA also offers remote access system that offers remote data monitoring feature, remote control opportunities, tracking and alarm features for production processes analysis and optimization, as well as the safety unit with critical emergency alert.

Integrated solutions offered by TEXHA provide an easy way to achieve the following production objectives:

  • Integration of novel technological solutions;
  • Computerization and modernization of poultry farm facility
  • Implementation of data monitoring system

System features:

  • Remote access with different degree of authorization and access privilege from any place in the work via Web interface using PC, smartphone or tablet.

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