Maximizing Bird Cooling in Tunnel-Ventilated Houses

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Date: 
2000
Volume: 
12
Number: 
8
Tip Category: 
Hot weather management

Most producers have learned over the years that the key to keeping heating costs and drafts to a minimum during cold weather is having a tight house. Time spent on tightening side wall curtains and patching cracks in the side wall, and holes in the ceilings can make it much easier to maintain proper house temperatures on cold winter nights without spending a small fortune on propane. Tightening a house also insures that more of the fresh air brought into the house by timer fans will enter through side wall inlets and is thereby directed along the ceiling reducing temperature stratification as well as minimizing drafts on the birds. How well a side wall inlet house operates during cold weather depends very heavily on how tight it is.