Sprinklers Cool Birds and Conserve Water
Yi Liang, Assistant Professor, Extension Engineer; Susan E. Watkins Professor, Extension Poultry Specialist; G. Thomas Tabler, Former Project Manager, Poultry Science; David McCreery Project/Farm Manager, Poultry Science. University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
IntroductionKeeping birds comfortable during hot, humid weather is critical for optimizing weight gains, feed conversion and livability. Improved growth rates and the trend to heavier average market weights contribute to greater heat loads in modern broiler barns. While the poultry industry has made significant strides to minimize seasonal effects, even the best housing design can still result in ...