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How to control poultry house environment during winter?

It is usually said that air quality inside a poultry house is crucial and that maintaining the air quality is important. But how will you judge the air quality inside the house? There are many people that regard good air quality as one in which the concentration of ammonia is 25ppm or lower, in which carbon dioxide concentration is 5000ppm or lower, and carbon monoxide concentration is 50ppm or lower.

However, it may be mentioned here that the ventilation rates that are minimum are necessarily not on the basis of oxygen concentration. Moisture control ought to be the main purpose of optimum ventilation. And this can be maintained if the Rh or relative humidity is maintained in the range between 40% and 60%.

How does it work?

In order to better understand the nuances of poultry house controller, let us consider the following instances. If the Rh is maintained between 40% and 60% as mentioned above, it is quite likely that the concentration of ammonia and carbon dioxide will be lowered. Experts are usually of the opinion if the preventive measure is implemented as mentioned above by maintaining the, you do not have to bother about the “corrective measure”.

What measures can you take to maintain poultry environment?

Aside from the measure mentioned above about maintaining the relative humidity of the house, there are few other ways by which you can make the environment optimum. Let us see how-

  • Using attic inlets

Maximizing the runtime of the fan is the main purpose of using attic inlets. This will improve the quality of the air and will also take care of the litter conditions. These inlets work by conserving the heat of the poultry house.

  • Bedding

Ideally, a litter depth of 3 inches and more is required regardless of whether it is new bedding or littered one. As a rule of thumb, the volume or depth of litter must increase if the bedding material is not capable of absorbing adequate moisture. As such, in the event the poultry house has an issue pertaining to litter quality, appropriate measures must be adopted.

  • Fans

These are not just the normal fans rather these are the so called circulation fans. Such a system of fan is usually set up for a number of purposes, namely, break up Rh stratification, temperature, and also make the condition of the entire poultry house congenial so that the litter moisture is aided in getting dried up too. The speed with which the fan circulation system should be working will depend on the speeds required on the basis of the sq feet of the environment.

These days you will also find there are many apps that make sure the environment of the poultry house is well maintained pertaining to temperature, moisture, and relative humidity. The air exchange rate can also be determined with the help of this app. However, you will have to feed in information related to the temperature either in Fahrenheit or Centigrade prevailing inside and outside alongside the relative humidity of both interiors and exteriors of the poultry house.