COLONY 2+ CAGE FREE COLONY SYSTEM
COLONY 2+ IS AN AUTOMATIC GROUP-LAYING NEST FOR OPTIMUM EGG QUALITY, HEN WELFARE, AND EFFICIENT MANAGEMENT.
Special characteristics of this automatic nest are its central egg belt and the divided tilting nest floor. Before the nest is closed at night, all eggs can roll off backwards onto the egg belt. This prevents eggs from remaining in the nest, locks out hens trying to sleep in the nest and thus soiling it, or brooding inside. Moreover, the daily dust drops off the nest insert resulting in good nest hygiene.
Depending on the circumstances in the house, Colony 2+ is available as wall mounted or as a double nest with one or two tiers. The nest is made of waterproof film-coated wooden panels, galvanized sheet metal profiles and stainless steel posts, making the Colony 2+ very hygienic and extremely rugged.
- Nest with expel system in the shape of a tilting nest floor which is an important prerequisite for use in breeder management
- Nest stays clean throughout the entire batch providing minor share of dirty eggs
- Sophisticated nest construction
SAFE EGG HANDLING:
- Short roll-off distances for the eggs providing good egg quality and minor percentage of cracked and checked eggs
- Smooth rolling off of eggs onto the egg belt (Gentle egg handling)
SAFE FOR THE BIRDS
- Pecking on backsides is not an issue since the hens sit with a raised chest and look out of the nest during laying
FLAT TOP OPTION:
Flat top design offers additional floor space for your flock. NEW heavy duty construction will hold up to the weight of your flock.
INTEGRA PLASTIC SLATS:
INTEGRA plastic slats allow for a resting area with perch separate from the slat area for healthy foot pads and increased welfare.
SOLID NEST MAT
The solid nest mat prevents air updraft into the nest, maximizing hen comfort, resulting in optimum nest acceptance.
COLONY 2+ FLAT TOP
The COLONY2+ nest system is available in two (2) options, the standard, and the XL.
Both options maintain the same precision engineering and quality material, but the XL offers more space for your hens.
Fresh feed for the entire flock: The proven Champion™ Chain feeding system improves production, and profits by delivering superior feed flow in an easy to install system that requires little maintenance, and is built to deliver over a long period of time.
The Champion Chain Drive is specifically designed to ensure excellent feed flow and correct sprocket engagement, and presents feed according to the producer’s management schedule—not the manufacturer’s schedule. Feed can easily be increased or decreased depending on your schedule.
Fresh water at any time: The entire flock has easy access to fresh water whenever they want it. Our water placement is intentional in order to promote bird movement within the system. Water is placed right outside the nests to provide the birds a drink after they lay their eggs. Encouraging bird movement is vital for a healthy flock. When birds move around air flow is increased, resulting in healthier birds, a calm flock, and drier litter.
Nest design: COLONY 2+ and COLONY 2+ XL are innovative designs for an automatic group-laying nest for broiler breeders, layer breeders and layers. Special characteristics of this automatic nest are its central egg belt and the patented divided tilting nest floor.
Maximize egg laying and egg quality:
It’s the hen’s natural desire to find the most secure place to lay her eggs. The nests are located in areas to provide this sense of security they seek. After the egg is laid, it gently rolls out onto the egg collection belt, and then heads to the egg packing area automatically.
- NEST ACCEPTANCE 98%
Operation of the tilting nest floor (patent-no. EP 1 086 623 A2)
The egg belt is located in the center to allow the eggs be laid directly in front of the belt . This design ensures the shortest possible roll-off distance for the eggs, minimizing the amount of cracked and checked eggs.
Before the divided nest floor completely closes the nest, it is first raised in the center, increasing the inclination of the rear part of the nest floor and removing any eggs from the nest area.
The nest floor is raised completely, allowing any dirt to drop off the nest insert as well as closing off the nest to prevent hens from entering and brooding inside.
FLAT TOP DESIGN
More floor space for your flock: The flat top design offers more floor space for your flock, and is constructed of heavy duty materials to take the weight of your flock.
Strategically designed perching provides plenty of space for the flock to perch, resulting in a high performing, uniform flock, with less stress. Perches allow the hen to relax, and the position of the perches keep matter from soiling the feed or water.
Properly dried litter for a healthy and calm flock: With the flock inside the system every night the litter is able to dry thoroughly, providing quality litter in which your flock can forage, dust bathe, and move around without the litter sticking to their feet. The better the quality of litter, the more the hens will use this area to act out their natural behaviors, improving the welfare of the entire flock.
IN FOR THE NIGHT
Finding security within the system: Your flock finds security and comfort in a group, so every night the entire flock moves back into the system without any human involvement. As the lights dim, the hens begin to hop up into the system for the night.