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Winter is coming! Get ready NOW…
Sep 29th, 2017 by Grow With Tyson

By Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jeremiah Davis, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson, National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

As the season starts to change and the cool fall air refreshes us after the long summer, poultry growers should take this time when the weather is typically cooperative to prepare for winter, when the weather can cause substantial problems. At this time of year, growers usually remember important maintenance steps such as tightening up your poultry house to prevent unwanted air leaks and checking brooders, primary minimum ventilation fans and vents for optimum operation. There are a number of newsletters to be found on these common wintertime readiness requirements at www.poultryhouse.com.

Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Diesel Fuel Consumption Chart for Generators
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

Diesel Fuel Consumption for Generators

Avoiding Snow Disaster
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

By Dennis Brothers, Jess Campbell, Jim Donald and Gene Simpson
National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

Since heavy snow is a seldom occurring event in the deep Southeast, the question of how to deal with or prepare for snow events is very seldom at the top of the list of questions we get from Southeast growers. However, when a snow of any magnitude does occur, as has happened this winter, the ques- tion becomes urgent. Many growers are now asking, “What should I do to alleviate snow loads on my chicken house and keep it from being damaged or even collapsing?” Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Will Your Standby Generator Stand Up?
Jan 28th, 2016 by Grow With Tyson

By Jess Campbell, Dennis Brothers, Gene Simpson, and Jim Donald
National Poultry Technology Center, Auburn University

Most growers are confident in their generator’s ability to run for 30 minutes to an hour without problems because they are typically cycled once a week. But what if they needed to run for a week or more? The tornado devastation that occurred in April of this year in Alabama caused power outages for a large number of poultry farms lasting from 2 to 10 days or more. For growers who had chickens, this meant running on generator power until utility power was restored. Many growers were able to keep their generators working flawlessly to maintain power throughout the outage; but others were not so fortunate. Read more in this downloadable PDF.

Is Poor Drinker Management Costing You Fuel Dollars?
Jan 11th, 2013 by Grow With Tyson

We all want to figure out ways to save on heating fuel this winter, and one method we often see overlooked in the field is poor drinker management.

Wetting floors as a result of poor drinker management often requires growers to increase ventilation to remove the added moisture in the litter, resulting in higher fuel cost. This can sometimes be avoided with a little time and effort.

Please read this newsletter (PDF download) from Auburn University’s National Poultry Technology Center for more information.

Hurricane Isaac — Standby Generator Preparation
Aug 27th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson

Standby Generators – PDF Download

Hello All,

As some of you in the poultry belt (especially East Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Alabama) prepare your homes and poultry farms for the effects of Hurricane Isaac, there is one particular item that may be of utmost importance. This item is the standby power generator on your poultry farm. There have been instances where the loss of power on farms claimed as many or more birds due to generator failure than the actual storms themselves. Making sure that your standby power generator and equipment is ready to run for days on end is extremely important. Cycling your generator once a week is usually not a problem, but what happens to a generator when it is called to run continuously for 1-7 days or more is a different challenge. Our most comprehensive newsletter on Standby Generators is attached to help you prepare your farm for an extended power loss. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Top Priorities:

  • Diesel Fuel & Fuel Filters

Thank you and good luck!

Sincerely,

NPTC Team

Jim Donald, Gene Simpson, Dennis Brothers & Jess Campbell

National Poultry Technology Center
Auburn University, AL
334-844-3546
poultryhouse.com

 

Testing Poultry Houses for Tightness
Aug 24th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson


Short video on how to test modern negative pressure ventilated poultry
houses for voids in the building envelope.

PTC Poultry House Lighting Tips – Energy Efficient Bulb Dimming
Jun 5th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson


This video explains how to properly set your poultry house dimmers for Cold Cathode and Compact Fluorescent bulbs to insure bulb longevity and energy savings.

Get Ready for Hot Weather Now
Apr 19th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson

After last summer, we all know how bad hot weather can get. We can hope that this summer won’t be so bad – but it would be foolish not to do everything we can reasonably do to be ready for another long, hot summer. Checklists are a great way to keep on track and set priorities on servicing equipment and houses. This newsletter provides handy one-per-page checklists for preventative maintenance on the most critical parts of a poultry house environmental-control system: Fans, Evaporative Cooling, Electrical Systems, and the Backup Generator.

Auburn NPTC Newsletter No. 76, “Get Ready for Hot Weather Now,” is attached. Click below.

Get ready for hot weather now (PDF)

NPTC Poultry Farm Generator Service Tip
Mar 9th, 2012 by Grow With Tyson


This is a short educational video outlining the top-three generator-service tips that can help keep standby generators running or help revive them during periods of extended generator runtime due to unexpected utility power outages.


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