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SMALL COMMERCIAL FLOCK STRESSED BY POOR VENTILLATION

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by centrarchid, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Someone I visited today has a free-range flock of about 300 birds. It operation was described as organic where birds subsist off a combination of vegetable refuse and organic feed. The birds, in my opinion, did not look good. It was a very cold morning and all birds appeared covered in snaught. Many where standing less than alert and appeared more cold stress than mine that sleep under stars. We went to see roosting location and cause of problem became immediately evident. Relative to the number birds, the ventilation was inadequate. Condensate was on the plastic tarps and floor next to walls around the interior perimeter of the building. I suggested opening building up at night but it is likely losses will be incurred before changes are adopted. Building was closed up to keep them in lay. This may be a situation where supplemental heating in order or some sort of heat exchange system is needed.
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  2. TOP KNOT

    TOP KNOT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sad. [​IMG] poor girls...Why do people not educate themselves??? Their is so much info out there, I buy and read books on poultry constantly! My newest one is Day range poultry, love it!! Maybe you can talk some sense into them?....I hate to see that! Our girls give us healthy food, they should be cared for properly. The way you describe, disease is on the way......
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    Disease is there already. Frostbite will likely be what shakes their tree after tonight. They just started last May. Owner comes from a much warmer climate and setup would work just fine with fifty birds. Another interesting thing to note FLOCK is being recycled as in older than the typical two year retirement age for table-egg production breeds.
     
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