After this long waiting period, our breeders were therefore able to reintroduce poultry and palmipeds in the farms while remaining very vigilant in respecting the rules of biosecurity.
REPORT FROM ANNA AND ERIC LANNIBOIS
BREEDERS IN MEILHAN WHO JUST WELCOMED CHICKS AGAIN.
The newly arrived chicks are placed in their 12 cabins of 60 m2, installed in the spring of 2021 on a superb course covered with groves of oaks, birches and pines. An investment of 122,000 euros and “an exemplary site“, notes Gilou Piet, technical advisor to the Maïsadour Group.
Sheltered in the huts during the first weeks to give them time to grow, they take advantage of the facilities: installation of grids for ventilation, fixing of perches and fencing installed to limit the area of the routes: “Costs and additional working time”, according to Eric Lannibois.
TREED AREAS TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE HEAT
“We accept the precautionary principle, but keeping animals confined in small spaces with the heat we are experiencing is also a stress factor and it can be counterproductive”, adds Gilou Piet.
It was finally in mid-June that the chickens were able to peck in the grass, and take shelter in the shade of the trees on the course. It was time, just before the heat wave!
BREEDER, A PASSIONATE JOB
Eric Lannibois is one of those who did not hesitate to restart breeding despite the constraints: “I have been a breeder since 1984, it is my main activity, the income from the house, he says. I’ve never experienced crises like this, but with experience, you adapt more easily. It remains to be seen how long it will last… But we want to believe in it!”.