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fans lead to numerous
benefits in an antibiotic-free
"When it comes to controlling house moisture, the drier you
want your litter to be, the lower
your target relative humidity
needs to be. At 70 percent relative humidity is going to lead to
wet litter and 40 percent relative
humidity is going to lead to drier
litter," Fairchild said. "Drier litter
is going to give us a much better
environment for those birds."
If moisture is not properly
managed, Fairchild said, farmers
risk issues like reduced litter quality, reduced litter treatment life,
uneven water lines, reduced paw
quality, breast blisters, reduced
growth, poor feed conversion and
increased disease susceptibility.
ventilation help control
Because of this, the objective
of ventilation is now to keep the
litter dry under relatively humid
conditions, Czarick said. This is
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going to require greater air movement than traditional circulation
fan systems that worked to mix
the air from floor to ceiling to
create a uniform temperature and
minimize energy usage. It is possible to maintain dry litter in a
relatively damp environment if
there's enough damp air moving
over the litter.
To meet this challenge,
Czarick asked if it's possible to
keep the litter drier not by running
the fans more - and using more
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