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Poultry production: Your chicken houses and warm temperatures

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.

Read more about chicken housing by clicking on these links:

Poultry production: Raising broiler chickens without electricity
Poultry production: Provide good housing for healthy chickens
Poultry production: Ventilation – what works best?

  • This article was written by Dr. Mick Versfeld and first appeared in Farming SA.

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