Air quality surveys are a valuable tool that allows integrators to look at trends of air quality in broiler houses, serving as an effective indicator to gauge if litter amendments are being utilized effectively. They also provide a wealth of actionable data that can be used to reduce the impact of ammonia on respiratory health.
Ideally performed when birds are 3 days old or younger, the surveys identify the levels of ammonia, relative humidity and floor temperature in the brood and off chambers, and deep in the litter, across a number of houses and farms. Air quality surveys are an effective way to assess:
- the level of ammonia exposure within a complex
- litter curing and house preparation procedures
- the proper rate and application of a litter amendment