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Rondeel casts a new light on layer housing

Rondeel is a completely new concept in layer housing. It is based on the idea of finding the balance between public acceptance, the well being of the farmer and the welfare of the birds. Currently the first flock is producing in the first Rondeel facility. A promising concept seems to prove its strength.

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  • The circle shaped Rondeel layer house is an alternative housing system that was developed in close cooperation with public bodies and commercial parties

    The circle shaped Rondeel layer house is an alternative housing system that was developed in close cooperation with public bodies and commercial parties

  • Rondeel consists of an indoor night quarter and an outdoor day quarter. Curtains in between close at night

    Rondeel consists of an indoor night quarter and an outdoor day quarter. Curtains in between close at night

  • In the covered part of day quarter, the birds are kept on artificial grass

    In the covered part of day quarter, the birds are kept on artificial grass

  • In the outer circle the birds can abundantly dust bath in the bedding of sand and wood chips

    In the outer circle the birds can abundantly dust bath in the bedding of sand and wood chips

  • In the night quarter the birds have access to the Bolegg Terrace aviary system

    In the night quarter the birds have access to the Bolegg Terrace aviary system

  • In the outer circle, trees are planted in order to create a natural environment for the birds

    In the outer circle, trees are planted in order to create a natural environment for the birds

  • One section of the round Rondeel facility provides room to the silos and a storage and enables access to the entrance

    One section of the round Rondeel facility provides room to the silos and a storage and enables access to the entrance

  • The central core gives access to a corridor in between two sections. From here anyone can observe the birds, without entering the house

    The central core gives access to a corridor in between two sections. From here anyone can observe the birds, without entering the house

  • In one section, the layers are not debeaked. The objective is to find out if they express such a behaviour that debeaking is not necessary in Rondeel

    In one section, the layers are not debeaked. The objective is to find out if they express such a behaviour that debeaking is not necessary in Rondeel

  • Rondeel eggs are packed in a 7 piece pack that is made of coconut fibre and which is exclusively marketed by Dutch retailer Albert Heijn

    Rondeel eggs are packed in a 7 piece pack that is made of coconut fibre and which is exclusively marketed by Dutch retailer Albert Heijn

  • Rondeel sister company Prinzen developed a special vacuum lifter that enables putting 7 eggs in the box

    Rondeel sister company Prinzen developed a special vacuum lifter that enables putting 7 eggs in the box

  • The organisation for animal protection in the Netherlands supports the Rondeel concept by rating them with three stars

    The organisation for animal protection in the Netherlands supports the Rondeel concept by rating them with three stars

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    fatoki olufisayo rasheed

    i really admire the facility at Rondeel,it gives the birds the natural drive or insticnt to behave like a bird. It gives them a natural sense of belonging. I believe this will facility have a positive effect on their yield, in terms of egg laying.thank you

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    alonge

    in case of an outbreak it will be difficult to sort out the healthy ones aside from that i know all animal likes their freedom to roam.

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