How much does a chicken house cost?
Depending on the size of the chicken house, and the type of chicken house the price can range from R20 000 to R200 000. A layer house is more expensive because of the layer cages and you can fit less chickens in a layer house. The broiler house cost is also determined by what kind of poultry equipment will be installed. Extras like fans and poultry heaters will add to the price.
When looking at prices of chicken houses there are certain things you need to take into account – and if you do not ask the installer or the manufacturer he is unlikely to advise you. Look at the picture – see how the poultry house is raised in the air on the left hand side – his ground was uneven – the farmer ended up paying for extra steel and 2 days extra labour – he told us the ground was even. He had a one meter drop from one end of the structure to the other over a distance of 30 meters. Not only was the ground uneven but who-ever laid his slab made a real mess – it was 5m wide on one side and 6m wide at the other end. To add to his woes we charged him R200 per day to run the generator – he had no electricity and we also had to truck in water to live on and to test the watering system. (the closest petrol station was 30km’s away). This was all after we were assured that the site had electricity, running water and that the ground was level. The accomadation was adequate if not a bit dirty – the old farmhouse was at least water proof. So – do your homework – make sure you meet the requirements – or be prepared to pay extra.
Questions you should be asking?
- What steel thickness is the roof sheeting?
- What is the dimensions of the angle iron?
- Do you level the ground – or is it to my cost?
- Do you lay the slab and what thickness is the concrete slab or topping?
- How thick is the curtaining material and is it UV protected?
- Do you have spares for the poultry equipment?
- Do you need electricity on site to erect the structure?
- Do you need water to test the drinking system?
- Does your installation team need accommodation?
- Do you offer training on the equipment?
All of these questions need to be answered – and some of them can impact on ythe cost of the poultry unit – cheap chicken houses may seem like a great option to begin with – but if for instance your ground is not level – and you have not asked the house builder to level it can add substantially to the price – or you could end up with a house that is on a big slope – which looks terrible. It also means your broilers will all end up with one leg linger than the other (s). The other mistake in regards to the cement slab can also eat into your budget – ask how thick it will be – ask if it is reinforced, ask if it is a strong mix? Many suppliers off what they call a “topping” – this is just another name for a badly made, thin covering of cement – it will not last. After the first cycle when you scrub the concrete it will start to disintegrate – so be aware!
Sizes range from houses that can hold 270 chickens up to 2700 chickens. Sizes range from a 3 meter by 6 meter right up to a large layer house measuring 30 meters by 7 meters. Small farmers will do themselves a favor by shopping around and comparing not only price, but quality and equipment. Some of the suppliers will not be willing to put up a structure if it is in a very rural area – and in fact some are unable to because they do not travel with generators etc. Many chicken houses sold on the market are not built by poultry companies but by steel shed manufacturers – you will want the experts to build you a chicken house – they will supply exactly the right chicken equipment, and the poultry house will be custom built for poultry – not a garden shed or tool shed. Prices of chicken houses change with the price of steel they change depending on the site location, the price changes if you do not have running water or electricity – they change if you cannot offer the team a place to stay while building the chicken house. None of this will be disclosed in the initial quote – so you need to ask the questions – of course if the chicken house company is above board they will ask these questions of you – and not try to just close the deal.