Fresh Bedding...Cool Chicks

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Date: 
2006
Volume: 
18
Number: 
4
Tip Category: 
Cold weather management
Heating systems
Litter quality

There is a common misconception that one of the reasons that it is sometimes harder to brood on fresh bedding than built-up litter is that there is a significant amount of heat produced by built-up litter making the floors warmer than houses with new bedding. The fact of the matter is that though built-up litter can produce a little heat through composting (which by the way has the negative effect of producing ammonia) the real reason why it is sometimes easier to brood birds on built-up litter is not that built-up litter is producing heat, it is that the fresh bedding can actually remove heat from a house.