Mississippi researchers cool poultry with sprinklers

Mississippi researchers cool poultry with sprinklers

Cooling poultry houses with sprinklers is a radical change from current poultry management styles.

Using a sprinkler to cool down on a hot summer day is a concept being tested on chickens in Mississippi State University’s commercial poultry houses.

Tom Tabler, extension poultry specialist with the Mississippi State Extension Service, said keeping chickens cool in the summer is a life-or-death matter, as Mississippi's summer temperatures often exceed 90°F, with humidity above 80%.

“Chickens also give off heat, and with 20,000 chickens growing in a commercial poultry house,

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