Newsletter #90 - "Benefits of Recirculation Fan Systems" - Download It
Smoke emitters are used in this picture to illustrate what happens to residual heat from brooders during preheating and brooding. Even with the most efficient radiant heaters, much of the heat produced eventually rises to the ceiling away from the chickens. Every effort should be made to recapture this lost heat and make use of it at bird level where it is needed most. Please click here to read the full newsletter.
Newsletter #89 - "Winter is coming! Get ready NOW" - Download It
As the season starts to change and the cool fall air refreshes us, poultry growers should take this time to prepare houses for the winter challenges to come. There are a few important points of maintenance that often get overlooked that can cause big problems. Some of these items are attic and truss inspection, rodent control, back-up generator checks, drinker maintenance, and drainage maintenance. Standing water next to a poultry house can cause major problems... Please click here to read the full newsletter.
Newsletter #88 - "Attic Inlet Ventilation: Lessons Learned" - Download It
Attic inlets are not just an "install it and forget it" beneficial technology. There are many different varieties and installation options for attic inlets, many considerations to be taken into account and pitfalls to be avoided. One commonly reported problem with attic inlets is drafting of cold air onto birds. This thermal image shows birds feeling a cold air draft that has run down the sidewall from the attic inlets. Please click here to read the full newsletter.
Newsletter #87 - "Simple Steps to Stop Rodent Damage" - Download It
Don't allow rodents to ruin your investment! Poultry farms are excellent places for rodents to not only survive but THRIVE. Poultry houses are warm in the winter, cool in the summer, provide plenty of food and water, have almost unlimited places to hide, and on some farms, have virtually no predators. That is unless you are on top of your rodent control program. If you can't remember the last time you restocked your bait stations and you have been seeing signs of rodents lately, you might be surprised to find out just how many have infested your farm. Please click here for more information.
Newsletter #86 - "Four Common Minimum Ventilation Mistakes" - Download
In wintertime, most of problems growers, service technicians and managers call NPTC for help on have to do with wet floors, too high ammonia, high fuel bills and poor performance. More often than not these problems are the direct result of failing to meet one or more of the four basic requirements of successful minimum ventilation. It's easy to remember what these are if you think of the acronym POST: Pressure, Openings, Source and Time.
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