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Is poor drinker management costing fuel dollars?

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By Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson

Special to Poultry Times

AUBURN, Ala. — It is well understood that in winter, the main purpose of ventilation is not temperature management but air quality control: we monitor relative humidity and adjust ventilation accordingly to reduce overall litter moisture. This also keeps litter moisture down. If we do not control litter moisture, ammonia levels can rise and cause multiple problems such as poor bird health, impaired paw quality and overall lowered flock performance.

One factor we too often see in the field that makes the ventilation. . .

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