The cage system has helped Vincent Ssenoga take up more birds than would have been possible under the deep litter system. PHOTO BY Desire Mbabaali  Vincent Ssenoga, a poultry farmer, says the cage system is economical because some cubes extend upwards, allowing more room for birds, writes Desire Mbabaali The deep litter system of rearing birds is one of the popular methods embraced by commercial poultry farmers in Uganda. However, the system comes at the expense of big spaces, and a couple of other challenges. “The cage system appears to be exactly what every farmer needs. For farmers doing small scale poultry or large scale, the cage system suits both,” says Vincent Ssenoga a poultry farmer. The cage systemThe cages are a work of metal fabrication, built using nets of stainless steel. It is raised high from the ground and often mobile. They are storied in nature, with each row having compartments where the chicken are housed. This, however, cannot be used as a brooder.Birds have to come into the cage at three months, (roughly up to 15 weeks) of brooding. It is, therefore ,after brooding that the birds are able to be put in the cage. It is a production cage. The birds are put in...