Litter management is an evolving process. Just when we think we’re getting it right, things change. Changes in production, such as different bird sizes, densities and the introduction of more ABF and organic programs, demand a constant review of a litter management program. Without it, producers can easily step back on their litter management effectiveness, which can impact paw quality and overall bird health and welfare.
In every production model, the physical and biological characteristics of litter are ever changing as well. This is important to note since physical characteristics of litter, combined with diet, continues to cause the majority of paw and air quality issues. The physical changes are due to a shift in:
- Housing improvements
- Litter types
- The longevity/quality of the litter
Through the careful management of ventilation, water and litter practices, production can be optimized.