Updated June 4th, 2018.
Fried chicken is only good on the dinner table, and roast turkey is great if it's roasting in your oven. If you want your broilers to make it, and your layers to keep laying, you have to keep them comfortable in the poultry house first. To do that you're going to need to take some steps to make sure your barn is well maintained, and you'll need a reliable farm alarm and monitoring system.
First some background. Full-grown chickens have a natural body temperature of 104-107°F, so high ambient temperatures not ideal for your flock. While heat stress is more prevalent among broilers because of their higher fat content, the egg size and quality of your layers can also be negatively affected even at just 85°F. Chickens can’t sweat, so they make up for it by panting and drinking more. To be sure your chicken house is cool enough in the summer (and warm enough in the winter), take advantage of Smart Barn’s remote temperature monitoring system, which logs temperature wirelessly, and is also an alarm for your farm when it detects a problem.
Chickens generally drink twice as much as they eat, but in times of heat stress their water consumption can double or even quadruple. A flock of broilers can drink 50-100,000 gallons of water, so it’s well worth your while to keep an eye on your water usage as well. Monitor it from the palm of your hand with Smart Barn’s remote wireless water meter.
You keep your chickens contained for good reason. Predators abound, from foxes and raccoons to even cats and dogs, and they all want a piece of your chickens. A door left open could cost you dozens of chickens if not your entire flock. It’s easy to overlook whether or not doors get shut, and anxiety over whether or not your flock is safe can keep you from leaving your farm. Why make farming any more stressful than it has to be? A door sensor is an easy solution, and Smart Barn’s lets you monitor your door status from wherever you are.
Smart Barn is a comprehensive remote monitoring system that not only alerts you when something isn't right on your poultry farm, but allows you to check on your flock whenever you want from the convenience of your phone, tablet or internet browser. Stop losing sleep worrying about your chickens - take a look at our full line of sensors and contact us today!