Summertime Floor Air Temperatures
During cold weather, hot air produced by furnaces, brooders and birds rises toward and collects at the ceiling. As a result, the air near the ceiling will often be 5oF to 20oF warmer than the air near the floor. The accumulation of this hot air near the ceiling makes it difficult to keep the birds warm, the litter dry and fuel costs low. It may be hard to believe but during the summer the problem most growers face is not the accumulation of hot air near the ceiling, but rather, the accumulation of hot air between the birds on the floor.