When it's time for poultry house clean out and litter replacement, keep these 6 easy tips in mind to maximize success with the next flock.
Much attention has been paid to the condition of the litter in the last week or so of a bird’s life in regards to poor quality paws. However, by then it’s too late. Poultry paw lesions, or footpad dermatitis, begin to form in the first week of the bird’s life when the foot is still tender and easily damaged.
When excessive moisture exists in broiler litter it can cause litter caking, increase paw lesions and make it difficult to retain heat, thereby lowering a bird’s body temperature which can be detrimental to weight gain, feed conversion and immune function. These five easy tips can help you maintain an ideal relative humidity for optimal performance during brooding.
Are you one of the many growers or live production personnel who believe that ammonia is simply not an issue when brooding during the summer months? Even with the increase in litter age and bird size over the last few years, many growers still think that somehow the air is fresh at ground level because the fans run so much when it’s hot outside. Field surveys tell us another story.
In late 2011, the University of Arkansas cited the rising value of poultry litter as a fertilizer. Compared to commercial phosphorus-potassium-nitrogen fertilizer sources, the cost for poultry litter is a bargain, especially when you consider the fact that chicken litter analysis reveals an average concentration of 67-60-60 lbs of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium per ton.