A Loose Brooding Curtain Can be Costly

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Date: 
2006
Volume: 
18
Number: 
3
Tip Category: 
Cold weather management
Energy conservation
Tightness

One of the most common causes for fuel wastage, chilled chicks and damp litter near the brooding curtain during brooding is a loose fitting brooding curtain. Cold air entering the brooding end from the colder nonbrooding end around loose fitting brooding curtains tends to quickly drop to the floor creating a cool spot that can extend 40 or more feet into the brooding area. Since cold air can hold less moisture than warm air less moisture is removed from the litter in this area of the house leading to litter moisture problems. The problem typically goes unnoticed on most farms because of the fact that the cold air from the nonbrooding end tends to hang within a foot or so of the floor.