Exterior chambers are stripped, steam cleaned, disinfected and the gravel on every nest ledge is replaced along with any heavy soiled gravel on the floor. This usually equates to around 30 tons per year. It takes four men working 5 days per week around 12 – 14 weeks to do a complete the annual clean.
Our weathering’s can house more than 100 blocked birds all secure under a safety net.
We have two large hexagon shaped hack chambers, which have recently been refurbished with a retractable roof net. The whole roof of each chamber can be winched to the floor in under ten minutes to guard against snow damage in the winter.
Five large internal holding chambers for pre-export birds are fitted with Cooling fans, air-conditioning units, F10 foggers and Astroturf floors. In addition to these, a further ten external chambers are used solely to hold pre-export falcons.
A state of the art climate controlled incubation room houses 9 Brinsea Z7 contact incubators, eleven Grumbach S84 incubators and six INCA 200’S incubators. Plus, four dedicated Grumbach hatchers. A computer linked to the main hub transmits all egg data entered and can be viewed in the room.
The brooder room contains twelve Grumbach brooders and fifteen twin light brooders. All electric to these rooms is backed up with a generator. At the height of the season, this room has held over one hundred various chicks under 10 days of age. A 2nd larger brooder room is available for older chicks being imprinted.