NEST O’ MATIC Automatic nests for breeders and layers
Nestomatic systems are installed and used in Israel, North America, South Africa and South America. Thanks to MGH nesting systems, millions of eggs reach our customers cleaner and faster every day. MGH sets the standard for automated nesting systems around the globe.
10 years ago,
MGH conceived the innovative idea
of Nestomatic slat-less nest.
NEST O’ MATIC is a slat-less friendly community nest. It ensures that the hens have plenty of room to move around and benefit from optimal conditions that lead to increased fertility and hatchability. Nestomatic also offers a unique development of adjustable height. The winching system enables adjusting the nest height according to each period. At the beginning of the laying, the training period, we lower the nest down to the floor, to attract the hens to the nest and prevent them from laying under the nest. When the training period ends, the nests are lifted up easily and quickly and are stabilized on a higher position. The eggs are collected automatically on both heights by using the system conveyor.
Plan and design
Easily accessed nests
Easier clean-out between flocks
- A week before the birds arrive all nests must be ready on their extended legs. The sawdust should be evenly spread, and no more than 5 cm in depth.
- The males should be received 3 -o 4 days before the females. It is very important not to delay or shorten this period, since without the presence of the females, the males will start pecking and picking on each other. The feeding of the males during the transfer should be according to the breeder’s guidelines as well as according to body weight.
- Ideally, the females should be transferred by the end of 22 weeks of age at the latest.
- Approximately a week after the females have been transferred to the house, on about the end of the 23rd week, all the nests must be on the floor. Lower the nests during feeding time when all the birds are around the feeders. This will prevent accidents.
- This is a critical period for a variety of reasons. The nests take up a lot of floor space and we want to keep the litter dry. Also, we want to train the birds to explore the nests and feel comfortable going in and out. We also turn on the conveyor belt at this stage only in the afternoon at about 01:00 pm so that the birds get used to it and it does not frighten them.
- With the onset of laying, we gradually turn on the belt on earlier in the day. For example:
At 20% lay, we start the conveyor belt at 12.30
30% lay at 12.00
40% lay at 11.30
60% lay at 11.00
We turn on the belt as much as required according to the number of eggs.
70% lay on at 10.30
From 80% till peak, we turn on the conveyor belt first at 10.00 and continue as long as required.
After the peak, or as soon as possible after it, we start the conveyor from 07.30 which is about the time of the first collection.
- Turn on the feed 15 to 30 minutes after the first light. Always feed the females first.
- From the onset of laying until the peak, the eggs need to be collected from the floor every hour. Do not let the birds get used to laying on the floor. This is accomplished by constantly walking around the house and picking up eggs. All other eggs laid in the nest are being automatically collected, even at this stage.
- When we get to 65% and floor eggs are down to 6% or less, we raise one side of the nests to leg level and at this stage, clean the astro turf. Within 4 to 5 days raise the 2nd side and also clean the astro turf. Continue to make hourly rounds until floor eggs are reduced significantly.
- Properly trained birds will lay in the nests and, eggs will be clean as they roll unto the conveyor. There will be a minimum number of floor eggs and soiled eggs.
- There is a need to clean out the astro turf bedding at least once a month by removing and shaking it out. This is done in the evening after the last collection.
- There are always some residual eggs in the nest box that will be left behind if not removed. It is important to make an evening round and gently nudge these eggs onto the conveyor.
- The speed of the belt has to be adjusted according to the number of eggs. Slow during the peak morning lay and faster later in the day.
- There is always a need to till the litter. Tilling keeps the litter dry and this is good for leg health, fertility and clean eggs. With the nestomatic system tilling is easily done because of the open concept and design.
- With pan feeders we recommend lifting the feeders after feeding time to provide as much open space as possible, this is not always possible because of technical difficulties.