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Poultry Houses: Solid Wall or Curtain?

October 3, 2019

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.


Curtain walls on chicken houses

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 Wall

Solid wall on poultry house

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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About the Author
John Alumbaugh joined National Land Realty in 2019. John has 15 years of experience in the real estate industry, working in the niche market of poultry farms. He has a rural/farming background, having grown up on a farm where he and his family raised cotton, soybeans, corn, watermelons and cantaloupes, hogs, chickens, cattle, and horses. John previously worked with Picket Fences Realty as Broker/Owner for 13 years and spent two years at BrokerSouth Real Estate. He has a master’s degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in church education and choral music, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Excelsior University. He is involved in several organizations including the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Mississippi Association of Realtors, Agriculture Industrial Commercial Real Estate (ACI) Jackson MS, Mississippi Poultry Association (MPA) and Oak Forest Baptist Church. When he’s not helping clients, you can find him directing music at his church, which he has been doing for over 40 years. John and his wife, Joni, have a son, Jacob, and a Dachshund named Maggie. View John's Listings and Reviews on