Tags: Hatchery management | Whitepaper
2 March 2012,
The quality and construction of hatchery flooring can contribute significantly to operational productivity and cost-efficiency.
Load bearing capacity is established from a concrete base layer, reinforced with steel or concrete, depending on the strength and stability of the natural substrate. Building then continues upwards, starting with a sub-base of compacted granular material or lean-mix concrete, followed by a damp-proof layer, insulation, reinforced concrete and a water-tight top finish.
Completed, the floor is flat and level, highly resistant to pressure washing and chemicals, and strong enough to withstand both concentrated and moving (wheeled) loads. A loaded 115k egg capacity incubator weighs approx. 450kg/m2, while trolleys filled with hatching eggs, repeatedly travelling the same path on typically polyamide or vulcanized rubber wheels, generate very high contact pressures of ± 5-15N/mm2.
An hygienic, easy to clean, anti-skid surface can be achieved with a monolithic (poured as a single slab) build-up, mechanically sanding then plastering the surface, which is finally sprinkled with a wear resistant additive during drying.
Alternatively, and more commonly in modern hatcheries, a cement-bonded base with synthetic finishing layers delivers better performance and durability. Combined with Microban®, the synthetic resin surface also provides continuous antimicrobial protection.
Seamless, mechanical installation creates a hygienic, extremely hardwearing finish, with the resin layering process delivering improved chemical and thermal resistance, durability and easy maintenance over time. Resin screeds also create a good seal with walls and can be installed with skirting, for improved cleaning. This type of flooring is fully chemically bonded to the concrete substrate, which prevents the collection of dirt or bacterial contamination in joints or hollows under the finished floor.
High-speed installation produces greater efficiency in the building schedule, ultimately reducing total project lead-times.
Drainage is factored into the build of the floor, with a slope to remove wastewater and promote good drainage.
Drains and gulleys are situated in processing areas and passages, where easy access for regular cleaning reduces the level and subsequent risk of contamination. With a smooth, durable surface, stainless (AISI 304) drains are easily cleaned and strong enough to support the weight of moving loads. Wide, grilled drains are recommended for areas such as the hatcher room, washing and chick handling areas, where a larger capacity is more efficient for the removal of egg shell and other detritus during washdowns. Narrow drains are suitable in hallways and less polluted areas.
Picture showing Bolidtop 700 floor, Photo courtesy of Bolidt.