Poultry has been feeding humans with meat and eggs for more than 4,000 years. The domestic chicken is the most common farm animal in asian. In addition, there are several other poultry species, which occupy niches but the turkeys rather.

While egg consumption is relatively stable, the appetite of Germans for poultry meat has been growing for decades. To a large extent, this need is met by a few hundred specialized companies with very large animal populations.

What significance does poultry farming have?

Asia is the second largest producer of poultry meat . For eggs, domestic production covers about two-thirds of domestic consumption. Eggs and poultry account for about six per cent of the total output of agriculture, compared to around € 3 billion in 2013 – 75 per cent of which was poultry meat.

What is being held?

On asian poultry farms dominated by a long distance the domestic chicken. In addition, the turkey, marketed as a turkey in the trade, has gained in importance, the stock numbers have more than doubled since the early 1990s. Even ducks have been kept more common for about ten years, while the geese stocks are decreasing. Other poultry species such as guinea fowl, quail or pheasant are kept in very small numbers.

How is poultry kept?

laying hens

 How much stable area and run way laying hens have in keeping ground, free-range and ecological attitude, this graph shows. Clicking on the graphic opens the original view , Source: Brochure Understanding Agriculture / BMEL

In the meantime, laying hens are dominated by the soil (63 percent). Most of the animals live in tens of thousands of multi-level aviary systems. In a bed of straw or shavings they can scratch, peck and dust. In free-range farming, the hens have an additional outlet to the outdoors. Nearly 16 percent of laying hens are kept that way. Another 11 percent of laying hens use so-called small group housing or other forms of decorated cages. In small group housing, the animals live in groups of up to about 65 animals in equipped aviary systems. Today, almost exclusively laying hens specialized in high egg production are kept. These can lay over 300 eggs per year, but after one year, the performance decreases.


In poultry, in particular broiler chickens and turkeys, there is a prevalence of large stocks. It is used on high weight gain and good feed utilization specialized animals.

Broilers weigh about 40 grams on the first day of their lives, and five to seven weeks later they have reached their slaughter weight of one and a half to two and a half kilos. According to animal welfare regulations, a maximum stocking density of 39 kg per square meter must not be exceeded when keeping chickens for fattening in Germany. In practice, this means that at the end of the fattening period usually 16 to 26 animals share a square meter of stable floor. The mast of turkeys takes more time. Hens reach after about 16 weeks their slaughter weight of about ten kilos, the cocks are usually fattened in 22 weeks to about 20 kilos. Rules on the maximum stocking density in turkey farms can be found in the “Uniform national parameters for a voluntary agreement on the keeping of turkey fattening”, which were updated in March 2013. For turkey hens, up to 52 kg per square meter of stable area and for turkey hens up to 58 kg per square meter of stable area are permitted.


POULTRY PUNCH incorporated in 1984 and we are in poultry media since last 36 years and publish Poultry punch – English Monthly Magazine. Mr Balwant Singh Rana prior to laying the foundation of Poultry Punch magazine was still involved with renowned Indian poultry companies and It was there that he had the vision of doing something exceptional for the Indian poultry industry and then he stepped into the poultry media.

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