The Ideal Environment for Chick Placement

Producers are tasked with increasing a chick’s body weight 4-5 times within the first seven days. Miss one day of optimal performance and 5-7% of growth potential can be lost. Creating an ideal environment for chick placement is a crucial part of attaining the desired performance, and something that is within each producer’s control.

From the Field: Full House Brooding – Something to Consider

In the past, partial house brooding was used as a method of saving fuel. But with today’s lower fuel prices and modern, tight and well-insulated houses there’s not much of an advantage to partial house brooding. In fact, there may be more advantages to full house brooding.

Why Paw Quality Matters

Extension Professor, Tom Tabler, PhD, from Mississippi State recently provided some great insight on the importance of paw quality and how it affects broiler health and performance.

PLT Life Cycle Assessment Demonstrates Significant Reduction of CO2 Emissions

A recent Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of PLT® poultry litter treatment showed the product has the power to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from poultry houses. The Sustainability Research Group at the University of Toledo evaluated the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from PLT® application in poultry house operations.

Dispelling the Myths of Summer House Preparation

One of the biggest myths regarding house preparation during summer months is that since it only takes an hour or two to heat the litter proper pre-heating time is not required. In reality, proper litter curing requires a 48-hour pre-heat regardless of the time of year.

Ammonia and Ventilation: A Balancing Act

Dr. Mike Czarick and Dr. Brian D. Fairchild at the University of Georgia recently compared ammonia concentration and minimum ventilation rates and found that large changes in fan runtime need to be made.

Using Air Quality Surveys to Improve Health and Performance

Just as posting sessions allow companies to assess the effectiveness of gut health and vaccination programs, timely air quality surveys allow for assessment and adjustment of litter amendment programs.  Air quality surveys provide a wealth of actionable data that can enhance any operation’s bottom line.

Seasonal Transitions for Poultry Houses

As we come into the fall season, poultry growers will find themselves transitioning between the heat removal needs of summer flocks to the moisture control needs of winter ventilation.

Smart Spring Clean Out

Now that winter seems to be ending, spring brings an opportunity for most producers to do a whole house cleanout.

Why Relative Humidity Matters in Poultry Houses

It’s no secret that maintaining careful control of your poultry house environment goes a long way in maximizing bird performance. In addition to ammonia levels and temperature, it’s important to constantly monitor relative humidity levels for maximum affect.

What you might not know about your poultry house floors

When it comes to bird performance and food safety, the brooding period is arguably the most critical in a chicken’s life. The moment a chick arrives on the farm, the environmental conditions present set the pattern for the remaining grow-out period.