Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Do sprinkler systems increase broiler water consumption?

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By Michael Czarick & Dr. Brian Fairchild

Special to Poultry Times

ATHENS, Ga. — Broilers can be very responsive to changes in the environment around them.  Increase air speed on a hot summer day, and warm birds will become more comfortable and tend to sit down.  Reduce air speed and the birds get warmer and often stand up and make a visit to the drinkers.

Increase minimum ventilation rates during cold weather and lethargic birds will tend to get up and move around.  But, if you increase minimum ventilation rates too much and house temperature falls, the birds will. . .

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