Litter Treatments & House Moisture

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Date: 
1997
Volume: 
10
Number: 
1
Tip Category: 
Ammonia
Litter quality
Minimum ventilation

With the price of shavings increasing and the availability decreasing, many growers are forced to go longer between cleanouts than they ideally would prefer. One of the problems with starting off chicks on built up litter is that the producer will have to deal with high ammonia levels from day one. The producer traditionally has had two ways of coping with this problem: he can increase his timer fan settings by 30% or more over what is needed in houses with fresh litter, which will of course result in higher fuel bills, or ignore the high ammonia levels and possibly end up with poor performance, sick or blind birds.