Egg Industry - October 2017 - 15
EggIndustry ❙ 15
research in a real-world environment
is needed before one can say perches
are causing keel bone damage.
The release said ﬁeld tests of the
concept began in 2013 and all trials
demonstrated the Q-Perch's effectiveness against mites. The pests,
which can be more common in cagefree than conventional layer housing,
carry diseases and sap productivity
from a flock. ■
Can a perch do more?
In his remarks, Veron mentioned Vencomatic's launch of a
new product - called the Q-Perch
- which offers what he said is a
superior design as well as a novel
technology to kill the poultry red
mite (Dermanyssus gallinae).
one can say
The Q-Perch is mushroomshaped, he said, which offers superior comfort for the birds, as well
as better stability and grip. The
shape also conceals two channels
on the underside of the perch with
an electrical current that is lethal to
mites crawling up the perches and
onto the birds. A Vencomatic release
promoting the product said the barrier keeps the mites from eating, and
therefore reproducing, which effectively controls the mite population
without the use of pesticides.
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