chicken coops protect poultry
DONG NAI — Bird flu has
destroyed countless livelihoods across the globe but for farmers in Dong Nai
Province, Viet Nam, there may be a ‘cool’ solution to the problem
-temperature controlled chicken coops.
The idea has already
attracted many fans, including the owner of one of the biggest chicken farms in
Dong Nai. "If all industrial chicken raising farms set up indoor coops with
cooling machines, farmers can keep their chickens safe from bird flu and make
consumers feel more secure", the farmer says.
What is special about the
model is that it is enclosed, separating the birds from the outside world.
Temperature is regulated by an automatic system that adjusts according to the
It’s a winner for farmer
Long who has already begun to use the system on his own birds. "The
chickens can hardly get diseases from wild birds when they are raised in indoor
coops," he says.
And in addition to
protecting poultry from the outside world, the coop also protects surrounding
land from the birds by containing the mess and smell typical of normal chicken
farms. This is a bonus for local residents.
But these gains aren’t
cheap. Installing a cooling system for 1,000 chickens can cost between VND500
million (US$31,250) to VND 1 billion (US$62,500). Ngoc had to put down VND7
billion (US$437,500) to raise 120,000 chickens whilst Long invested VND5 billion
(US$625,000) to build coops for 90,000 chickens.
This is a serious jump in
cost when compared to the VND200 million (US$12,500) it would cost to house
10,000 chickens in an outdoor pen.
But for farmers in Dong
Nai Province, the short term price is outweighed by the long term benefits.
Outdoor pens have a duration of only three years, whilst indoor coops with
cooling machines can be used for ten.
Ultimately, investment in
the model depends on how willing farmers are to risk their money. "People
who do not have a daredevil spirit will not make the investment. However, if we
look at both methods from a long term perspective, raising chickens in indoor
cooled coops costs much less than raising in outdoor coops, and we can expect
higher economic efficiency from this model", says Long. — VNS