The avian species most frequently used in research are chickens, quail, pigeons, finch, ducks and turkeys. The type of caging needed to house avian for research is dependent upon the species to be used, the age of the birds and the purpose of the research. One size cage does not fit all. However, all avian species go through the same life cycles.
It begins with fertilization of the embryo in the egg sack in the female. However, we start the first cycle of life when the egg is first produced by the hen. This first cycle is called incubation. Incubation is the period of time the embryo develops in the egg and the chick breaks out of the shell. The second stage of life is the brooding. During the first few weeks of life, a chick must be kept warmer than normal room temperature and this is called brooding. The next stage of life is the growing cycle. During this period of time the chick grows rapidly and reaches a physical size equal to an adult. The final stage, called maturation, is when an adult bird reaches its maximum weight and becomes capable of reproducing. Alternative Design Manufacturing & Supply provides caging for avian species that are in the final 3 life cycle stages – brooding, growing and maturation.
Caging for each stage of life and species can be very different. Most of these differences are due strictly to the size of the bird. Our company has primarily worked with customers needing animal housing solutions for chickens, quail and finch. Although the husbandry for each of these species is similar, due to similar life cycles and physiology, the caging required for housing, feed and providing water can be significantly different.