Keeping Birds Warm With Feed and Fuel

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Date: 
2001
Volume: 
13
Number: 
2
Tip Category: 
Cold weather management

There are basically two methods of heating a poultry house during cold weather. The first is to burn propane; the second is to use bird heat. Producers need to use both methods if they want a profitable operation. But, many times a grower will run into problems because they rely too much on one method of heating to the exclusion of the other. For instance, relying too much on propane for heating a house can obviously lead to high fuel costs, but relying too much on bird heat can lead to bird performance problems and a reduced paycheck.