Poultry Housing Tips

Over 200 monthly publications on a variety of subjects related to poultry house operation and energy conservation.

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Spanish versions of many of the most recent Poultry Housing Tips.

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Ongoing research projects being conducted by University of Georgia extension engineers and poultry scientists related to poultry house environmental control and energy conservation.

Presentation Notes

Pdf files of the presentations given at regional, national, and international poultry industry meetings.


Information on annual cold and hot weather poultry house environmental control workshops.

Excel spreadsheets

Easy to use excel spreadsheets that help the user to design and better understand poultry house environmental control system design and operation.

Poultry Tips

Poultry Tips are a publication of the University of Georgia Poultry Science Department.  The Bi-monthly pubication consisits of Broiler Tip, Breeder/Hatchery Tip, Backyard Flock Tip, Processing, and Commercial Layer Tip.

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Another example that clearly shows that "reflective" insulation is not as effective in reducing heat gain from hot metal roofs as traditional polystyrene board insulation.

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The approximately 600  thermal images in this time lapse video were take in a tunnel ventilated house with near market age birds during hot weather (9 am to Noon)

Common Question

What would you recommend to cool young birds when they are at 5-10 days old during hot seasons. For example, 9 day-old birds, house temp 91 F/32.5C, %46 humidity and most of the birds are panting. Baffles are open and two tunnel fan are on.
Put the house into tunnel ventilation mode (close side wall inlets) and turn on enough tunnel fan capacity to obtain an air speed of between 100 and 200 ft/min (max). If it gets hotter you could put a little water on the evaporative cooling pads (i.e., 10 seconds out of 5 minutes)

Latest Poultry Housing Tip

Volume: 26 No. 6
July 2014
Motor Size is a Poor Indictor of Fan Power Usage

Far too often when comparing tunnel fans one of the first things people look at is the size of the motor.  The thought being, the smaller the motor size, the less the fan will cost to operate.   Though in general this is true, the fact is that not all motors of a given size will consume the same amount of power.  For instance, Figure 1 illustrates the range of power consumed by 158 different 48" fans tested by BESS Laboratory.   Though all the fans were equipped with a 1 HP motor the amount of power consumed by the fans ranged from 700 watts to a little under 1,300 watts!


To understand why there are differences in power usage between fans equipped with a 1...

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Latest Poultry Tip

Volume: 52 No. 1
August 2012
Marketing Eggs from the Backyard Flock

For many people, having a backyard egg laying flock is enjoyable simply from the satisfaction of raising a few birds and providing a few eggs for the table. Often backyard flocks begin as a child’s 4-H project, teaching the child basic needs and responsibility on how to care for animals. Caring for and learning animal husbandry skills are important aspects of the project and the benefit of fresh eggs for the family is also a plus.