Broiler chicken houses South Africa

A broiler house is a chicken house designed specifically for raising broilers – or chickens for slaughter. Unlike a layer house, a broiler chicken house has higher sides and a lower roof. The curtain system is exactly the same but the curtain opening is not as high as in a layer house. The curtain system has a winch for easy opening and closing of the poultry curtains. The curtaining material should be UV resistant (this means the sun will not damage it quickly). Generally 550 GSM is used. (This is the thickness of the curtaining material).

Poultry house South Africa

Yellow door chicken house from South Africa

The sides of the house are covered with chicken mesh or welded mesh, and a steel poultry house is clad in galvanised steel. The angle iron used in the frame, beams and purlins should be sturdy enough to keep the structure firm. If you are in a very windy place then the house should have tie downs as a precaution.When you buy a chicken house make sure you buy one with the thickest galvanised roofing you can afford. Many of the budget chicken houses on the market use 0.27 thick roofing – which is not going to last very long. It is well worth spending the extra money and roofing your poultry house with 0.5mm roofing or thicker. You would also make a good investment if you installed some kind of insulation in the roof. This will decrease your heating costs and keep you birds cooler once they have feathers. Generally a product like ISO board is used – it is expensive though. There are cheaper options – but as with everything in life, they come with a price. The floor of the house should be concrete – a good strong mix, as this will need to be scrubbed with hard brooms, and sprayed with a high pressure water sprayer  at the end of every cycle. (not less than 40mm thick)

Your broiler house should have a water tank on the roof and pipes that carry the water to the bell drinkers or poultry drinkers. You will need a reservoir – usually a 3000 liter water tank that is connected to a borehole or water mains. It should be large enough to store enough water for 3 days or so. It should be positioned in the shade… chickens and hens do not like warm water. If water is coming from a borehole then have it tested before you or your birds drink it.

The land surrounding the chicken house should be cleared – but not down to dirt. Let the grass grow and keep it mowed. This will keep the temperatures down around the house. There are two thoughts about trees, some chicken farmers like to cut them all down to prevent wild birds from coming too close (disease control), others like to keep them for the shade and cooling they provide. If you are in a very hot area a compromise may be in order. Keep the trees that are not too close to the structure.

You land should be fenced – to keep out tsotsies wanting takeaways, and as a bio security precaution. You do not want people, goats, pigs, cows or any other livestock near your structure.

If you are planning on several houses then make sure the houses are properly spaced. The rule of thumb is 18m apart for same age birds and 48m apart for different age birds. Don’t forget showers, don’t think they not important – poultry showers are probably the most important thing you will do to prevent disease. If you are starting out with one house, and have plans to grow – then plan – don’t plonk your house just anywhere. Do the layout of the farm as you see it in the future, then build your first house. Take into account the shape of the land, the direction the sun rises, access by main roads, admin buildings, storage, mortality pits etc. Lay down paved paths between the houses – this will keep you staff from tracking mud (read disease) into your houses.

Broiler Chickens are placed when they are a day old in broiler houses. You will need tube feeders and chick trays and chick fonts. The chicken house should also be supplied with chicken heaters. All the poultry equipment for chicken houses should be supplied when you buy poultry houses for chicken farming. You may not need a silo in the sense that you are not doing automatic feeding, but you will need some kind of storage place for the feed (which you will probably buy in bags). It will need to be dry and secure against rats and other vermin. Feed is much cheaper if you purchase it unbagged – so long term a silo make perfect business sense.

A broiler house should also come with thermometers – two kinds…. a “min max thermometer” to measure temperature, and a “dry wet thermometer” to measure humidity. Learn how to use them and keep good records. You will find those records very useful when you start farming, and even more useful when you have a years history. Preferably keep a spreadsheet in a programme like excel, or if you have the cash get a poultry software management programme.

Broiler houses in South Africa come in many sizes – depending on how many broiler chickens you wish to keep in the chicken house. Chicken farming has certain regulations about how many chickens per square meter – but you can place about 15 chickens per square meter in a broiler house. You will need to keep a close eye on your broiler chickens as disease spreads rapidly in a poultry house with high stocking densities – if you are doing free range you will need to give your chickens access to the outside using pop holes or free range flaps in your broiler house. You will also need to protect the outside range from ground predators with fencing, and if you have airborne predators like eagles, then some kind of netting. Chicken farming and poultry farming uses very specific poultry equipment – and breeds of chickens South Africa. Poultry housing is available from  Chicken Shack Agencies. The best chicken house is known as a “Yellow Door Poultry House” and is made in South Africa.

27 Responses to Broiler chicken houses South Africa

  1. Wanga says:

    I would like to get a qoute for a brioler that houses 100 chickens with everything included.

  2. Mr Nkoane says:

    Good Morning

    I need a quote for four Broiler houses at 50m x 10m = 7500 birds.
    four silo auto feeds tank close to the house.
    Slap without reinforce and plastic.
    Fans, heaters, rate boxers, high pressure water sprayer, and other full installation. I’m located in Kabokweni.

  3. Noko Machipi says:

    I would like a quotation for 1 broiler house to house 2000 chickens. Please include all equipment required such as, fans, storage facilities for the feed, gas heaters, brooding curtains, water tank, drinking systems etc.

    Kind regards
    Noko Machipi

  4. Sibabalwe says:

    Greetings, i plan in growing 20000 chickens. I don’t want place them in one house for disease management purposes, how many houses will i need and can i kindly get a quote on them

    • It is, in my opinion, a good idea to split into smaller houses. This does raise the cost of your initial capital though. Automatic equipment is generally used in larger chicken houses, and going for a series of smaller houses means that the investment in automation does not pay. One big benefit from several smaller coops is that you can stagger your production and have have chickens ready at closer intervals rather than every 42 days. 7 small poultry structures, for instance, means you can have broilers ready for sale every week.

      As to your question – “how many structures will you need” – this depends on you, the size of you land, shape of land, sun direction and how much money you are investing. Remember if you are planning on different age birds then each house needs to be isolated, with it’s own shower. Even with same age birds, and a strict bio security plan, would mean separate showers.

  5. Olwethu Sonjica says:

    Good day

    I would like a quotation for two broiler houses able to house 3000 chickens each with everything included, fans, storage facilities for the feed, gas heaters, brooding curtains, water tank etc.

    I don’t have any knowledge or training on the chicken business but I have an idea from the little research that I have done. I am very keen on learning all that is required

    Hope to hear from you soon…

  6. Lethusang says:

    Kindly qaote Me a broiler house which can accommodate 3,200 chickens With all equipment.
    i furnish you With The following
    – Land is 1 hector
    – silo ontop of the house
    – Measurement of house is 12x30m
    – brooding curtain and a fens
    – gas heater and etc.

  7. bongani ekhosana says:

    Dear we are starting up thandabantu bakhe co-operative ltd. We would like to make quotations for four chicken poultry structures at our farm, that can curry about 2100 chicks per structure. You can them via email. Thank you in advance.

  8. Joolokeni Unandapo says:

    I need a quotation for the chicken 7000 for the broilers and 6000 for the layer all together should be 13000 chickens. I have water and electricity and it is a private business in Namibia.

  9. Thaba k says:

    Not yet, but the farm will be situated at GaMphahlele area

  10. Thaba k says:

    Dear sir/medam
    Kindly send a quartation of a house which can
    acommodate 20,000 broiler chicken and every
    thing that goes with it eg gas heaters, feeding
    water tank etc. please send them to this email

  11. Lethusang Kompi says:

    Dear sir/medam
    Kindly send a quartation of a house which can acommodate 10,000 broiler chicken and every thing that goes with it eg gas heaters, feeding water tank etc.

  12. charles joshi says:

    Kindly send me a quotation for a house which can accommodate 3000 chickens a plain one with no extras ( heaters) and i trust you will send the sizes as well.You can send me on the email address i sent with the reply.

    Kind Regards
    Charles Joshi

  13. willer shakoane says:

    i want to grow 3000 chicks please quote me a house with accessories. [mpumalanga]

    very urgent

  14. mthobisi says:

    i would like a quatation for 2 broiler houses which take 2500 each pls send me via email asap and its realy urgent thanks

  15. KOLOANDO says:

    I m congolese I need to buy breeding broilers for my farm
    I want to know the price please
    Excuse my english

  16. Xinane Moloi says:

    Hi There

    I have a 70-ha land plot in Buffelspruit Farm, Brits North West and I would like to start a chicken farm(Broiler).
    I realized that a business plan is important and I have been trying to put one together but I’m failing. I want a business plan for the cheapest two broiler houses able to house 3000 chickens each with everything included, fans, storage facilities for the feed, gas heaters, brooding curtains, Silo per house at minimum distance, closed environment.

    I know there is a lot more that I need to consider but then for now those are the most important. I don’t have any knowledge or training on the chicken business but I have an idea from the little research that I have done.

    Thank you in advance…

    • Admin says:

      Is this for a government grant? – If so which agency and how much is the grant for. I do know that there is usually a limit on what amount of funding is provided. It would help with my quote if I had these details for the broiler house quote. If it is not for a project through government – let me know ad I will quote on everything you would possibly need for a broiler farm and you can decide what you would like to include or exclude on your chicken farm.

  17. Sekamo Mohajane says:

    Good Day,
    I would love to have a quote for a structure that can withhold 40000 broiler chickens.
    Hope to hear from you soon

    Sekamo Mohajane

    • Hi,
      That is a huge house – 14m x 191m. I don’t think there are any houses that size in South Africa.

      A 130m x 14m will hold about 27000 broilers – the structure alone will cost about R1.55 million.
      If you are looking for such a large house and you also need equipment I will need to know the following before I quote on the equipment:

      Free range or intensive broiler farming?

      How many chickens do you want to farm with?

      How many chickens per square meter?

      Broilers, layers, broiler/breeders or breeder/layers?

      What size house do you want?

      Do you need the property or house fenced?

      Where is the chicken house to be located? Distance from Johannesburg?

      Do you want manual feeding, pan feeding or chain feeding?

      Do you want nipple drinking or bell drinking?

      Has an impact assessment been done?

      Is this for a government funded project?

      How big is the land?

      Do you need storage facilities?

      Do you want gas heaters?

      Do you want fans?

      Do you want a brooding curtain?

      Do you want a silo per house?

      How far are the silos to be located from the house?

      Closed environment or open environment?

      Do you want Roof Insulation?

  18. Tawu says:

    Could you please quote me for side curtains for both sides for a house that is 120m long. drop down of curtain is 2 m
    I would also like a false ceiling installed, and the measurements would be 120m x12


    • How big is the daylight opening? – that is the actual hole in the wall of the chicken house. Generally we add between 300mm and 500mm to that height so we can attach the curtain to the bottom wall. What curtain parts do you have – any pulleys, steel cable, winches etc.? Where is your chicken farm?
      You say a false cieling – do you want to put in insulation in the poultry house? – it will have to be waterproof so that you can clean the chicken house at the end of the cycle.

  19. Michael Ndlovu says:

    Good Day

    Please send me a quote for a small poultry house for broiler chickens

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind Regards

    Michael Ndlovu

    • Admin says:

      Your email address is bouncing – so I cannot send you information on broiler houses. What size chicken house are you looking for and how many broilers do you wish to farm with?

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