Benefits of HVAC Systems in Poultry

Poultry and Hatchery requires adapted machinery and equipment, including a properly-dimensioned Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning system. An effective and customized HVAC system is indispensable for efficient single-stage operations, as this technology does the heavy lifting when it comes to heating, cooling, humidifying, and dehumidifying the fresh air supply in Poultry and Hatchery. This makes it easier for Poultry and Hatchery to improve the environment for optimal results. 

It is essential to have HVAC, to make sure the finest design for maximum output and the highest-quality outcomes in Poultry and Hatchery. HVAC provides specific environmental benefits in particular areas and sections.

Reduction in Disease Risk:

  • Regulated, consistent temperatures and humidity levels ensure optimum conditions for broiler and layer bird flocks.
  • Lower humidity equals reduction in bacteria and disease growth.
  • Bacteria killed in air entering the building through ultra violet lighting and air filtration before it reaches the chickens.
  • Biosecurity drastically upgraded as the air is filtered and kills 99.9% of any bacteria/virus before it gets in the barn.
  • Traditional fan vents bring in dust from outside with possible contaminants such as disease, bacteria, fungi, mold, spores etc.  The Air Conditioning Ventilation System  eliminates the risk of  contaminated dust getting in  your barn and reaching your chickens.
  • In Canada, if the Avian Flu is within 10 km of your buildings your entire flock would have to be destroyed/culled and the barns would be  out of production for months. With the implementation of Air Conditioning Ventilation System all of that would change.

Improved Health Benefits:

  • Birds don’t overheat in summer months
  • Lower livestock mortality due to overheating in summer
  • Less diseases and fewer overall health problems
  • Birds eat consistently which equals to higher weight gain in broilers and layers as well as consistent egg quality (size, shell quality) and production from layers

Improved Litter Quality:

With reduction in humidity through air conditioning, the  litter has less moisture and is less caked which equals:

  • Easier clean out and less manpower needed
  • Less damage to wood floors
  • Produces less ammonia
  • Helps cool litter
  • Better feet health of chickens due to drier litter equals less bacteria on the feet and less chance of bacteria entering the blood stream through wounds
  • Manure will heat up less from chemical reactions.

Structural Benefits:

  • The Air Conditioning Ventilation system fits nearly in every barn, new or old, and you don’t  have to remove your old fans or inlets.
  • Air Conditioning Ventilation System can be tailored specifically for your existing building
  • Drier litter equals less damage to wood floors
  • Most people think that air-conditioning consumes a lot of hydro , but the old fans used to refresh the air and cool the birds in a heat wave have to run 24/7. With traditional methods of cooling the barn you only get the same air temp in the barn as it is outside including the humidity.
  • The Air Conditioning Ventilation System will remove a large percentage of the humidity when the cooling part is used and will use similar amounts of hydro as the old system.
  • If you have old fans that need replacing or are under capacity, the Air Conditioning Ventilation System is the way to go.

Increased Profits:

  • With lower levels of humidity less bacteria and disease risk 
  • Less loss of birds
  • Reduced need to thin flock due to summer heat
  • Optimum environment equals consistent feeding (no need to withdraw feed to combat overheating) which means consistent growth and greater weight gain for broilers
  • Optimum environment equals consistent egg size and quality from layers as well as consistent production
  • Less labour required to clean out litter as it is drier and easier to remove
  • No need to stop feeding when there is a heat wave
  • No loss of growth from not feeding
  • Consistent feeding allows for no reduction in growth for rest of growing time
  • Less birds required to have same kilograms of live weight at end of growing time
  • Less expensive feed can be used
  • If birds are kept cooler when they are getting bigger, they tend to grow faster with the same amount of feed. Less stress of cooling down means more energy etc. from the feed will be put towards growing of the muscles and more weight gain.

Reduction in Risk factors:

  • Lowers risk of disease
  • Lowers  risk of losing birds or whole flocks in extreme heat waves
  • Lowers risk of humidity damage to buildings
  • Lowers risk of bird health problems due to bacteria and disease growth in high humidity environments
  • Lowers risk of poor weight gains
  • Lowers risk of poor egg size, quality and quantity

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