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Poultry farmer turned to novel form of ventilation to keep chicks warm

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When Nick Bragg set up his Somerset-based Nettlecombe chicken farm business, he was in the enviable position of being able to design the entire new-build operation from scratch.

His aim was to make his 385,000-a-year chicken rearing operation as efficient and environmentally-friendly as possible while adhering to the stipulations of the RSPCA Freedom Food Scheme.

A discussion with Paul Draper of Draper Ventilation led to him turning his back on traditional gas boiler-heated sheds and instead investing in a new design of ventilation system.

“Gas would certainly have been the easiest option, but it produces CO2 and wet heat, which

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