Evaluating Tunnel Ventilation System Performance...Are You Ready for Hot Weather?

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
19
Number: 
7
Tip Category: 
Evaporative cooling
Exhaust fans
Maintenance

Quite often producers’ ability to keep their market age birds cool on a hot summer day has more to do with what they did before the chicks rather what they are doing that particular day. The fact is that much of the basic maintenance required to insure maximum bird cooling in a tunnel-ventilated house is difficult to do once the birds are placed, especially once they reach market age. The following provides a guide as to how to evaluate the maintenance status of a tunnel-ventilated house in between flocks so that potential ventilation system problems/weaknesses can be uncovered before it is too late.