Balancing Temperature, Relative Humidity and Ammonia During Transitional Weather

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During autumn and spring, it’s not uncommon for outside temperatures to swing 20°F or more. While cool nights and warm days can be a reprieve from the hot days of summer or cool days of winter, the drastic change in temperature tends to make ventilation settings more of a challenge in poultry houses.

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Ammonia and Moisture: A Costly Relationship

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Increased litter moisture content increases ammonia volatility in a built-up litter program—and in a big way—making moisture control a vital part of avoiding wet floors, cake and ammonia in poultry houses. While heat also plays a significant role in ammonia volatility from built-up litter—with higher temperatures purging more ammonia from the litter—producers have little flexibility in setting house temperatures since producers must reach target surface temperatures prior to placement. Moisture is the number one variable producers have to manage to help control ammonia production, thereby boosting bird health and performance.

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Prevention and Scoring of Paw Lesions: A New Approach

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Fifteen years ago, who would have thought that chicken paws would have become such an important part of the U.S. poultry industry? Today, good paws are integral to a complex’s profitability and are quite often the most profitable part of the chicken. The presence of paw or footpad lesions (pododermatitis or footpad dermatitis) is the number one cause of downgrades of chicken feet. Since there is no market for Grade “B” paws, the presence of footpad lesions can seriously erode a complex’s bottom line.

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Safely Control Ammonia Mid-Flock

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PLT® is the only litter amendment that can be safely applied on top of birds anytime throughout the grow-out cycle to eliminate ammonia. Unlike alum-based products that are hazardous and corrosive, PLT® is safe for birds, workers and the environment.

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Tilling Turkey Litter: Obsolete or Essential?

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For many turkey growers, a management program that includes regularly tilling litter is a thing of the past. For others, it’s a necessary tool to maintain quality litter. Why the difference? In a recent article surveying turkey flocks across Canada, only 18.5% of farms employed tilling, with the primary litter maintenance strategies being top dressing with new litter (82.7%) and additional heat to prevent caking (32.1%).

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What Low Humidity Levels in Winter Mean for Your Litter Amendment Application

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Winter is in full effect across the country. With poultry houses closed up tight, it’s more important than ever to apply PLT® to control ammonia. However, the cold, dry winter air sometimes presents a challenge when it comes to litter amendments.

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