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Maintaining CO2 Levels in Poultry Farming

Posted on July 24, 2019

CO2 sensors have a wide range of applications; paramount among these is the ability to improve living conditions and protect life. This is one of the primary reasons behind their usage in the poultry farming industry.

However, as well as ensuring animal welfare, CO2 sensors also have a number of process benefits which include ensuring that legal guidelines are met and ensuring optimal efficiency.

CO2 monitoring in poultry coups

The primary function of CO2 sensors in poultry farming concerns monitoring levels within coups and chicken housing.

As the birds respire, like all animals, they produce CO2. When chickens are kept in large numbers, this CO2 can build quite rapidly.

Left unchecked, this could reach levels which are harmful to life. This can not only make living conditions extremely uncomfortable for the livestock as they struggle to breathe but also result in loss of life.

This is obviously good for neither the animals nor the farmers. The RSPCA has its own set of stringent guidelines for poultry farming, adhering to them can qualify farmers for the RSPCA labelling and set them apart.

Under these guidelines, CO2 concentrations within housing environments are not permitted to rise above 3,000 ppm, which is the level at which the gas poses a threat to the wellbeing of the birds.  

The solution to this problem is ventilation, which is conducted using either natural air flow or through the use of fans. It is mandated by law in the UK that indoor chicken housing must operate automated ventilation systems, with alarm systems to notify of failures.

Timers often control these systems, however making use of CO2 sensors to control them would ensure that the systems are only in use when needed, increasing efficiency and reducing carbon footprints associated with energy usage.

Monitoring CO2 levels, therefore, can ensure higher standards of animal welfare, increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact as well as helping farmers meet legal standards.

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