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

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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.

2015 Georgia Poultry Conference - September 22, 23rd

We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Georgia Poultry Conference. There are a couple of things different about this year’s conference. After the general session, which will be focused on avian influenza, we have organized a couple of topic-oriented break

out sessions that we hope you will find of interest. After lunch we have scheduled a poultry Management Certification Program. Thisis new and is intended for people working in the poultry industry who do not have a background in poultry science. The lectures will

cover basics of poultry nutrition and fundamentals of avian respiratory physiology and respiratory viruses. Attendees will receive acertificate after passing a short exam. Please consider sending your employees who would benefit from such a program.

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The thermal images above are of the north and south sides of an open-sided laying house.  Even though the birds on the sunny side of the house are not exposed to direct sunlight, they are exposed to more diffuse solar radiation than those on the shaded side of the house.  The diffuse solar radiation on this particular lead to cage temperatures 7 F higher on the sunny side of the house than on shaded side of the house.

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This is a good example of why migration fences should be made of a material that air can pass easily through. The migration fences in this house were made of 2' tall curtain material. The "dead spot" behind each of the migration fences persisted for approximately 30'. The birds were extremely hot on the downwind side of the migration fences.

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: 27 No. 4
Average Tunnel Air Velocity

Measuring wind speed/air velocity in a tunnel-ventilated house can be a challenge.  Even in the best designed house wind speeds will vary hundreds of feet per minute depending on when and where it is measured.   Wind speeds tend to be highest toward the center of the cross-section and lowest near the floor next to the side walls.  How much the wind speed varies depends on house construction, the number of fans operating, proximity to the tunnel fans or tunnel inlet, equipment installation, and whether there are birds present.

One air velocity measurement that doesn’t significantly change within a house is the average velocity (within  any cross-section of the house).  The fact is...

Air speed
Tunnel ventilation

Latest Poultry Tip

Volume: 52 No. 1
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.