Sprinklers Cool Birds and Conserve Water

Published on: 11/05/2018
Author/s : 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 ...

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November 5, 2018
Hello all;
Sound like a good way to cool off broiler during heat stress. Please share if you have any videos.
November 5, 2018
Good alternative for cooling birds!!
Sataluri Satagopa Raja Ayyangar Sataluri Satagopa Raja Ayyangar
B .Sc ( Mathematics , Physics and Chemistry ) ; P G Diploma in Environmental Studies ; P G Diploma in Industrial Pollution Management ; Industrial Chemistry ( B I E T )
November 6, 2018

For regular heat stress controlling more water consumption required for sprinklers which is not possible for all poultry farms in all places, other alternative way of controlling heat stress is to be planned. Heavy plantation in and around the farm preferably with mosquito repellent, coolant and heat absorbent trees may be tried to reduce heat stress to some extent.

Nicholas Muyale Nicholas Muyale
Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine
November 10, 2018
Quite an insightful information. I’ve some questions though:
What will be the situation in the tropics where majority of houses use natural ventilation instead EC houses? There are seasons of heat stress that compromise performance. Can sprinklers be used and rely on the wind to blow in the dry outside air?
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