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Research article2000Peer reviewed

Ammonia extraction by ventilation of loose-housing systems for laying hens

Gustafsson G, von Wachenfelt E

Abstract

Laying hens kept in loose-housing systems instead of in cages generally mean that more manure is stored in the buildings. This causes an increased release and concentration of ammonia derived from manure and straw bedding material. Removing as much as possible of the exhaust ventilation air adjacent to surfaces with exposed manure reduces the concentration of ammonia. In such a situation, it is important to achieve uniform extraction along the entire length of the building. Both theoretical analyses and model experiments have shown that there are good opportunities to create uniform ventilation along exhaust air ducts if the ratio between the area of the vents and the cross-section of the air channel is of the same size range. Investigations conducted in a loose-housing system for laying hens have shown that ammonia concentrations may be reduced by extracting the air in the proximity of the litter without the risk of increased emissions elsewhere in the buildings. (C) 2000 Silsoe Research Institute

Keywords

Ammonia; hens

Published in

Journal Of Agricultural Engineering Research
2000, Volume: 75, number: 1, pages: 17-25
Publisher: ACADEMIC PRESS LTD

      SLU Authors

    • Gustafsson, Gösta

      • Department of Rural Buildings and Animal Husbandry [LBT], Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
      • Von Wachenfelt, Eva

        • Department of Rural Buildings and Animal Husbandry [LBT], Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

      UKÄ Subject classification

      Veterinary Science
      Animal and Dairy Science

      Publication identifier

      DOI: https://doi.org/10.1006/jaer.1999.0481

      Permanent link to this page (URI)

      https://res.slu.se/id/publ/19242