Music So when I started here six years ago, I recognized a need for the poultry facilities to be upgraded, and we needed to have some funding to put that into place. The students got together and with my assistance we came up with the whole of school, whole of farm design, and we put that to Bendigo Bank, who then, very generously were willing to fund the upgrade of the school farm. So we started by designing a poultry shed which we felt was the most needed thing at that time, and then we’ve slowly tried to get to different parts of the farm. Originally, there were multiple numbers of small sheds around the farm, so there was a need to try to put all of that in one areas so that we could have all the poultry facilities together in one place, and also to increase them from small sheds to a larger shed that housed both show birds, layer birds, and had free range areas as well. The other problem that was here, many of the sheds were easily accessed by rats, and so we needed to consider that as an important factor in the design of the shed. The other factors that were really important when designing a poultry shed were the actual housing, the number of birds that we wanted to put in the shed, the types of perches that would be available, the layer boxes, the feeding and drinking systems, prevention of wild birds getting into the sheds and an area within the shed for well contained feed storage, that was also inside the poultry shed so that it had easy access for people topping up feeders. Being in North West Sydney, we also needed to consider environmental aspects. It gets very hot here in Summer, so the shed design needed to include lots of airflow and a really good light coming in to the chickens because that would help with the laying. We also needed to be very aware of security, from the point of view of foxes getting in, and they damage the chickens and kill them, and also from anyone else getting in and letting chickens out or damaging them in any way. They were some of the considerations we took into the design. We also had to consider how many birds we had of different breeds so that was where we started to eliminate the numbers of show breeds that we had. Individual pens were designed to be easy to clean so that they could be opened right up and all the litter swept out, hosed out and then replenished with new litter. We had perches designed so that they were layered, so different levels for the birds to get on for enjoyment and for different sized birds. The layer boxes are positioned about 50cm from the ground, with 2 boxes per, approximately 6 hens so that they could lay off the ground. And then we have an automated watering system. And the feeders are the grandpa feeders, which are completely secure from rats or any other vermin that might try and access the feed. And this cuts down a lot of expense because feed access to rats means that you’re feeding the rats and not the chickens. In the layer pen, we have 20 Isa Brown hens, layer hens, and we wanted to design that so that the students didn’t have to go inside the pen to collect the eggs. So that’s a slightly different setup to the show pens. The students can just lift down the opening from the other side of the wall, of the pen, and collect the eggs easily without going into the pen. That makes it a lot easier. There’s a lot more eggs to collect. It makes it quicker for the students and then they don’t have to go inside the pen. Music .