Stocking density refers to how much room a full-grown chicken has in a chicken house. Stocking density is always given in terms of body weight per square metre of floor area.
Measured in terms of maximum bird weight, stocking density in Alpigal chicken houses is well below the legal limits specified under German law:
- Alpigal: 27,5 kg/m2
- Conventional rearing: 39 kg/m2
The birds have sufficient room to move around. At the same time, ten percent of the surface area is set up as perches, thus providing the birds with variety and plenty of opportunities to retreat.