Strong female chickens
We own and operate five pullets farms in Hayakita, Abira-cho in order to raise them to be strong and healthy female chickens.
Five farms are apart from each other for disease preventive purpose.
In each farms, temperature of the houses and feed-intake of pullets are strictly controlled under Hokuryo’s programs.
We conduct all sorts of safety tests in our state-of-the-art experimental bird house which is the first of this kind in Japan and greatly improved our technology.
Inside the bird house
Our bird houses are window-less based on our long-standing knowledge and experiences in order to ward off avian flu, salmonella contamination as well as other animals from outside.
Any vehicles from outside are required to be washed and disinfected at the gate of the farm. Drivers have to change their clothes and shoes before entering the farm.
For creating ideal environment inside the bird house, the temperature, ventilation and feed,water-intake of the chicken are all automatically controlled by the computer.
For securing green and eco-friendly environment, we plant cherry and rowan trees alongside the pavement and plant lawn in the farm.
We have six farms in Hokkaido and three farms in Tohoku region (northern part of mainland Japan). This stretch of our operation make it possible for us to continue our business in the event of outbreak of avian flu in one place which may force the farm in the affected area to stop operation.
Feed for layers consists of corn(60%), soybean meal(15%), rapeseed meal, corn gluten meal and these four ingredients account for 85% of the feed. Other ingredients are fishmeal, calcium carbonate, salt, vitamin, mineral etc. Most of these raw materials come from America and other foreign countries.
While most of egg-producing companies purchase ready-made feed from compound feed companies, Hokuryo has been sticking to the original feed since the beginning of our operation in 1949.
We have been developing our original, most efficient mixing ratio of each ingredient through calculating more than fifty nutrients such as calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Our technology department continues to study feed science for further improving feed quality.
In the advent of outbreak of mad cow disease in 1986 in Britain, we recognized the risk of the disease and developed our original feed without using animal protein (fishmeal, meat bone meal).
Our speciality egg named “Salad Kibun” is produced from the chickens which take this type of feed.