Chain Feeding

Chain Feeding

For modern poultry production

Big Dutchman revolutionised the poultry industry by introducing the world's first automatic chain feeding system in 1938, which replaced the time-consuming daily hand-feeding of the flock.

Until today, the basic concept of the system, with its robust and simple principle, has remained unchanged. However, the entire system is continuously being improved and adapted to cater to today's requirements for modern poultry production.

The Big Dutchman feed chain CHAMPION is versatile and can be used for any type of production, including layer breeders kept in cages, pullets from their first day of life and laying hens. It can also be used to feed broiler breeders reared on the floor and is an excellent option in alternative egg production.


  • Robust cost-efficient feeding system with a long service life
  • Easy to clean and service
  • Low labour and maintenance requirements
  • Any type of feed can be used, including mash, pellets and crumbles, while maintaining quality
  • The feed is distributed uniformly and reliably to enable all birds receive the same amount and, with minimum feed losses
  • Controlled or ad libitum feeding are possible, depending on the demand.
  • The feed level in the trough can be adjusted with the feed level slide
  • The shape of the trough guarantees sufficient space for all birds: birds can feed from both sides without stress


  • Different conveying speeds of 12, 18 or 36 m/min, depending on the requirements
  • Motor output of 0.37 / 0.75 / 1.1 / 1.5 or 2.2 kW, depending on the circuit’s length
  • A high conveying capacity of up to 1.5 t/h reduces the number of feedings
  • One- or two-line design
  • A trough coupler is required for a perfectly straight feed line
  • The system can be suspended or installed on legs for floor management