University of Kentucky College of Agriculture

COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS - Housing

Changes in the modern broiler chicken have increased the importance of in-house environmental conditions. In response to market requirements, geneticists have raised growth rate as well as the yield of the carcass components. The extra meat yield in these broilers, most of which is concentrated in the breast, makes the broiler more sensitive to high temperatures, ammonia, and dust. As a result, much of the difference in performance of broiler flocks can be attributed to how well in-house environmental conditions are managed, especially temperature and air quality.

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Attic inlets

Electronic controls for broiler houses

Measuring relative humidity in agricultural environments