For growers, proper poultry house ventilation is the primary method available to maintain high quality litter. However, maintaining the equilibrium between ammonia concentrations, relative humidity, litter quality and the fuel costs associated with ventilation and heating is a delicate process. If any one variable becomes unbalanced, bird performance and profitability can be negatively impacted.
The air flow pattern during poultry house ventilation is a major factor in determining how much cake forms and where cake forms in your house. With proper chicken house ventilation, cake will only form along water lines, but where improper air movement, drafts, air leaks or insufficient insulation exists, cake will also form.
Solutions for Turkey and Chicken House Ventilation
Here are a few simple steps you can take to balance ventilation needs.
If it’s been a while since you’ve reassessed your poultry house ventilation procedures, it might be time. In the past 15 years, broiler water consumption has nearly doubled by some estimates (Czarick and Fairchild, 2010), which means the ventilation rates required to adequately control litter moisture have changed as well.
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