Theses and Dissertations

ORCID

Jonathan W. Moon:https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3273-1775

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Wells, Jessica B.

Committee Member

Tabler, Thomas

Committee Member

Chesser, Gary Daniel, Jr.

Committee Member

Liang, Yi

Committee Member

Wamsley, Kelley G. S.

Date of Degree

5-13-2022

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Agriculture

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department

Department of Poultry Science

Abstract

Maintaining performance and mitigating heat stress of the modern broiler is a challenging task during hot weather conditions. Increased demand of high quality reasonably priced animal protein and predictions of future limited water availability make sustainability and water conservation a worthwhile goal for the poultry industry. The most used form for cooling broilers after wind speed is evaporative cool cell (CC) systems. Though highly effective at cooling the incoming air, they substantially increase the relative humidity inside the house, which hinders the bird’s ability to cool itself through evaporative respiration. Cool cells also utilize mass amounts of water. The objective of this research was to evaluate the effects of sprinkler technology on broiler performance, cooling water usage, inhouse environments, conservation, and sustainability, while providing information on how to successfully utilize sprinkler cooling in conjunction with an evaporative cool cell system.

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