Ventilation and temperature management are key components in the production of healthy broiler chickens. That’s why in the last several years, poultry farmers have taken steps to improve their chicken houses for better poultry production. Chicken houses have gone from including a couple of fans and drop curtains to today’s setup with multiple fans, cool cells, vent doors, and curtains or solid walls.
These additions have certainly improved ventilation systems and temperature management. But when it comes to using curtains or solid walls, which one is better for poultry production? There is a divergence of opinion among farmers on this question.
There are some chicken farmers who prefer drop curtains to solid walls. The biggest benefit of using curtains is that they can drop in an emergency such as a power failure due to a generator malfunction. However, curtains are less efficient in the use of costly propane.
Solid walls save on fuel costs and provide more efficient airflow. However, unlike curtains, they can compound problems during a power failure accompanied by a generator malfunction.
Some farmers have “walled up” the north side of the broiler houses, leaving the south side with curtains. Some integrators, such as Tyson and Sanderson, prefer solid walls over curtains and may require them for a farm to qualify for top pay from the company.
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