Current Research Projects

  • Dr. Casey Ritz

    To demonstrate an innovative and highly effective floor for reducing ammonia emissions in chicken houses. Approximately 9 billion broilers (chickens raised for meat production) are raised in the United States (US) annually producing 25 billion pounds of manure. Broiler house floors have several types of material that is used to absorb/ dilute the manure moisture. In the broiler houses ammonia is produced by a natural chemical reaction in the feces and released which is detrimental to the environment, broiler health and human health. After many years of engineering and testing, special flooring has been developed by AviHome to replace the litter as the base of the floor to rear broilers.

  • Michael Czarick

    Through the use of a computer based air velocity data collection system capable of measuring 16 air velocity locations hundreds of times per hour researchs plan to study what factors affect air velocity distribution in tunnel ventilated poultry houses.

  • Michael Czarick

    Comparing the performance of a new plastic evaporative cooling pad to traditional paper pads on a commercial broiler farm.

  • Dr. Sid Thompson

    Evaluating the common causes poultry house failures, how to identify structural weakness, as well as how to strengthen poultry house structures.

     

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  • Michael Czarick

    Evaluating the various light bulb options as to their ability to dim, reduce power usage, provide light for all phases of the growout, as well as provide uniform light levels throughout the house.

  • Michael Czarick

    Working on the developement of a new type of interior butterfly shutter that will significantly reduce condensation and heat loss problems associated with traditional exterior butterfly shutters.

  • Michael Czarick

    Conducting field trials of new ceiling inlet system to replace traditional galvanized ceiling inlets that will both improve inlet performance and ease of mangement.

  • Michael Czarick

    Conducting field trials of the various type of both gravity and machine actuated systems.

  • Brian Fairchild

    For the past two years extension specialist at the University of Georgia have been studing ammonia concentrations downwind from poultry farms in Georgia and California.

  • Michael Czarick

    Conducting field studies to evaluate various ammonia measuring devices on the market today as well as working with ammonia sensor manufacturers in the developement of new types of sensors