Question: I’d like to start a broiler operation in Phalaborwa, South Africa. I see that broiler houses need to be cooled to 21˚C up to day 21 of production. Is it necessary to do this? Temperatures in Phalaborwa sometimes reach 48˚C in summer.
If your poultry house is well-designed, you shouldn’t have a problem controlling the inside temperature.
- The roof should be high enough to allow for good air flow.
- Insulate the roof and ensure there is sufficient overhang to make sure that no direct sunlight reaches the chickens.
- The house should be laid out in such a way that the sun moves along the length of the house.
- The house should be narrow enough to allow for easy air flow across it.
- Using fans will also help.
- It is vital that chickens have free access to clean, cool water.
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- This article was written by Dr. Mick Versfeld and first appeared in Farming SA.