Maximizing Bird Cooling Through Maintaining Uniform Bird Distribution

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Date: 
2005
Volume: 
17
Number: 
6
Tip Category: 
Hot weather management
Tunnel ventilation

One of the most important keys to optimizing broiler performance during hot weather is making sure the birds are uniformly distributed from one end of the house to the other. Having more birds at one end than another can lead to a variety of problems including insufficient water/feeder space for those birds on the crowded end of the house, increased incidence of scratches, and reduced litter quality. Though these are of course potentially costly problems, the most costly aspect of not having birds uniformly distributed throughout a house is the increased level of heat stress for the birds on the crowded end of the house during hot weather.