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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 Cold Weather Ventilation Workshop - Cancelled

As you are aware, the threat of Avian Influenza returning this fall has everyone in the US poultry industry justifiably concerned. We have spent most of our summer working with the industry on biosecurity and AI response plans. We are trusting that those preparations will be sufficient to prevent AI this fall, but in an abundance of caution we have decided it is best to cancel our fall ventilation workshop. We will get back to you later with plans regarding the spring workshop.

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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. 5
Chkminvent - Minimum Ventilation Calculator

Keeping litter dry is a significant challenge in broiler houses.  For every pound of feed a broiler eats it will drink roughly one quart of water, 80% of which will end up in the litter and the air in the house.  During the first week of a flock the birds in a typical 40' X 500' broiler house (23,500) will consume roughly 7,800 lbs of feed and drink 1,675 gallons of water.  By the third week of the flock the total amount of water consumed increases to approximately11,800 gallons.  By the end of the flock (56 days), the birds would have consumed 87,000 gallons of water.  To put this in perspective, if a producer didn’t remove any of this water, there would be nearly six inches of standing...

Categories: Minimum 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.