Monday, July 22, 2024

Nightime air quality is essential for cool weather bird health

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By Michael Czarick, Dr. Brian Fairchild and Dr. Brian Jordan

Special to Poultry Times

ATHENS, Ga. — During cool weather, maintaining good air quality is vital to avoid bird health issues. It is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week, job. One of the most important air quality variables that must be kept to a minimum is ammonia. High ammonia levels can paralyze and/or damage a bird’s tracheal cilia, which are a vital tool a bird uses to fight off disease.

The cilia are microscopic finger-like projections that cover a birds trachea. . .

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