Egg Industry - December 2017 - 13
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perature, optimal flock spacing,
improved air quality and flow,
better bird movement and a more
ideal litter quality. "You can have
the perfect ventilation system set
up for you, but if you don't have
the proper aisle width, it will not
be as effective," Snow said.
The floor space that is between the system rows is
always going to be a little more crowded than underneath
the system itself. With a wider aisle, birds have more room
to separate and allow air to move through the litter. You
are not only ventilating the house for the birds, but you are
drying your litter quicker. "You want birds engaged in the
litter," said Snow. Greater aisle space creates more room
for dust bathing and foraging.
Add substrates and scatter feed to use to your advantage. "Forty percent of the birds' daytime activity is spent
'CONGESTION MAY LEAD TO problems with
ventilation, mislaid eggs and litter quality.'
- Bill Snow, Big Dutchman's cage-free specialist
on foraging," said Heerkens. The hens using the litter this
much will only help dry it out.
Litter quality control in wide aisle system
"Litter and ventilation really work hand-in-hand,"
Snow said. More space results in a dryer litter. The more
hens that are packed in the given space of an aisle, the
harder it is to control the quality of litter, Snow explained.
The better the litter is, the more the birds will use it.
"Wet or excessive litter in your house is a risk for health
problems for your personnel as well as your animals,"
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