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News published on August 30, 2021
By Claire Marie Coleman As the No. 1 poultry producing state in the U.S., Georgia’s poultry industry generates more than $3.8 billion annually. Part of sustaining this vibrant economic driver for the state is keeping millions of birds healthy and marketable. A new innovation from University of Georgia poultry researchers may provide a more efficient and effective method of determi ...
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Article published the July 30, 2021
One of the purposes of preheating a broiler house is to insure the litter is properly dried prior to chick placement. Research has shown that the higher the litter moisture level, the higher the level of ammonia production, potential for bacterial growth, paw damage, and likelihood the chicks may be chilled by sitting on cool, damp litter. Furthermore, high litter moisture levels will tend to re ...
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Article published the July 30, 2021
It may be difficult to comprehend, but water actually doesn’t “flow” in drinker lines...it slowly drifts. In a way it is more appropriate to consider the flow of water in drinker lines as a pond more than as a rushing river. This holds true for a house with day-old birds or even market-age birds. Drinker line flow rates are fairly easy to calculate. For instance, a flock of 50-d ...
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Article published the March 25, 2021
The purpose of a minimum ventilation system is to bring in small amounts of cold fresh air into a house and to warm it as much as possible before it moves down to floor level so as not to chill the birds and to maximize the litter drying potential of the incoming air. Traditionally, poultry producers have utilized a “negative pressure” minimum ventilation system. In a negative pressu ...
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News published on February 26, 2021
This online training series covers a broad range of topics for those new to the poultry industry as well as experienced professionals. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with experts in many areas of poultry production during the series. Each module within the series will include both basic and advanced instruction. Modules will be made available for viewing separately or in thei ...
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Article published the February 8, 2021
Why does litter seem to suddenly cake over just prior to turning the birds out into full house? In many cases, it is simply because minimum ventilation fan settings are not being changed quickly enough to keep up with the rapidly increasing amount of moisture the chicks are adding to the litter. This often occurs because suggested minimum ventilation fan settings are often provided in terms of a ...
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Article published the July 20, 2020
High ammonia affects broilers in many ways. Research has shown that ammonia concentrations as low as 25 ppm can reduce bird weights at 28 days of age by two to seven percent while 50 ppm ammonia has been shown to reduce bird weights from 16 and 19 percent (F.N. Reece et. al., 1980, D.M. Miles, et. al., 2004). Ammonia exposure has also been shown to reduce feed conversion by approximately one poi ...
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Article published the July 20, 2020
Getting chicks on to feed and water as quickly as possible after arrival on a farm has long been recognized as the key to maximizing overall performance. If provided the ideal environmental conditions and plenty of feed and water, chick weights should increase by roughly 50% during the first 48 hours compared to only 2% over the last 48 hours of the flock! Quite simply, the less time it takes ch ...
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Video published on February 27, 2020
Brian Fairchild (University of Georgia) talked about the tests done in poultry houses to better understand the effect of density compared to air temperature, during IPPE 2020 in Atlanta, USA.
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News published on February 27, 2020
  A 2 ½ day training program has been specifically designed for those who want to learn more about the design and management of modern poultry houses. The workshop/webinar consists of lectures as well as hands on group exercises designed to help attendees gain a firm understanding of the principles behind hot weather poultry house management.   Presenters: Mike Czarick (UGA), D ...
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