Cooling chickens with sprinklers has multiple benefits

Cooling broilers with sprinkler technology is a concept many producers find difficult to accept.
calendar icon 8 June 2019
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Retrofitting a house with a sprinkler system isn’t complicated or expensive. Tabler used a commercial system that has its own controller and does not run through the chicken house controller. Besides the control box, there are rubber drop tubes for the sprinklers every 20 feet, spinner heads that attach to rubber tubes that sprinkle water every 20 feet and enough 0.75-inch PVC pipe to run two lines above the feed lines that are the length of the house.

In Tabler's experience, sprinklers lower humidity in the house and lessen heat stress on birds. Furthermore, sprinklers can help maintain drier floors, which improves paw quality. They offer huge water-savings potential, which is increasingly important as the poultry industry endeavours to lessen its environmental footprint.

When managed properly, sprinkler technology does all of this without negatively affecting live performance. However, it requires a totally different perspective toward cooling chickens. To be successful, producers must accept this new approach to bird cooling and allow the house to run several degrees hotter than they have been comfortable with in the past.

The original piece by Tom Tabler can be found here.

Retrofitting a house with a sprinkler system isn’t complicated or expensive. Tabler used a commercial system that has its own controller and does not run through the chicken house controller. Besides the control box, there are rubber drop tubes for the sprinklers every 20 feet, spinner heads that attach to rubber tubes that sprinkle water every 20 feet and enough 0.75-inch PVC pipe to run two lines above the feed lines that are the length of the house.

In Tabler's experience, sprinklers lower humidity in the house and lessen heat stress on birds. Furthermore, sprinklers can help maintain drier floors, which improves paw quality. They offer huge water-savings potential, which is increasingly important as the poultry industry endeavours to lessen its environmental footprint.

When managed properly, sprinkler technology does all of this without negatively affecting live performance. However, it requires a totally different perspective toward cooling chickens. To be successful, producers must accept this new approach to bird cooling and allow the house to run several degrees hotter than they have been comfortable with in the past.

The original piece by Tom Tabler can be found here.

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