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Litter substrates can
bond humidity, dust and odors,
helping to keep down overall
Additives, such as activated
biochar, lime and chalk, and
herbal additives and essential
oils, among others, seek to
optimize the litter, helping to
slow microbe proliferation,
retain moisture, stabilize the
broilers' gut and reduce the
need for antibiotics, and improve footpad health.
Litter additives not only improve performance through reducing ammonia and dust, but
can improve manure through
reducing nitrogen losses.
Limiting the crude
protein available in diets
will limit the amount broilers
excrete, so reducing the amount
available to bacteria and converted
Various additives are available
that can be administered via feed
or drinking water that can achieve
this, limiting the ammonia in the
If litter can be kept dry, through
under-floor heating, for example, then the growth of nitrifying bacteria will be limited.
However, there are instances
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where additional moisture is
needed, and water fumigation
systems and spray coolers can additionally bind dust, so reducing
the dust load present in the air.
These systems can also distribute
additives to reduce ammonia and
odors. Use of heat exchangers
also reduce respirable dust.
Dust, microorganisms and
odors can also be bound through
ionization of dust particles. ■
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