As a layer poultry farmer, you know how important it is to maintain a healthy and productive flock. One of the key factors in achieving this is temperature control. The environment in which your birds live can significantly impact their feed conversion rates and egg production. Hot and cold temperatures can both have negative effects on these important metrics. Did you know that with the help of heat exchangers like the ECO Unit, you can improve your birds' feed conversion rates and egg production, even in extreme temperatures?
The negative effects of hot temperatures
When inside temperatures rise above 30°C (86°F), heat stress can set in for your birds. This stress can lead to lower feed intake, decreased egg production, and even death in extreme cases. When birds are too hot, they spend more time panting and less time foraging for food. This can result in lower feed intake, meaning a hen has less energy available to produce eggs. One way to combat the negative effects of heat stress is through the use of heat exchangers with built in indirect evaporative cooling systems.
The negative effects of cold temperatures
On the other end of the spectrum, too low temperatures can also have negative effects on your birds' performance. When inside temperatures reach below 20°C, their bodies have to work harder to maintain body temperature. This means they will eat more as they need energy to stay warm, leaving less energy for egg production and growth. Again, heat exchangers can help to mitigate these negative effects and improve the overall well-being of the hen and her ability to produce eggs.
The benefits of the ECO Unit
The ECO Unit is a heat exchanger that can be used to regulate the temperature and ventilation in your poultry house. It works by using the heat from the outgoing air to warm up the incoming air. This means that you can maintain ventilating with a constant inside temperature that is comfortable for your birds, regardless of the weather outside. The ECO Unit helps you to create a balanced and constant climate in your house, improving your birds' FCRs and egg production rates. By keeping your birds at the optimum temperature and in a healthy and good air quality, you can get the best results from your flock.
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