New functions for whole-house broiler heat production as a function of bird age using modern straight run broiler growth rates are presented and compared to values in the literature. The approximations are based on field measurements of environmental conditions in modern broiler housing, using a technique that matches predicted to actual fuel use to estimate partitioning between latent and sensible heat. Development of a program utilizing these approximations to compute ventilation and heating requirements for temperature and humidity control in broiler housing is described. The program utilizes steady-state heat and moisture balances commonly used for design purposes, with hourly or daily time steps. Data input includes bird weight and numbers, house data including overall R-value and size, inside and outside temperature, and relative humidity. The program estimates ventilation for temperature and moisture control, minimum ventilation rate, and supplemental heat required. Example predictions are provided.

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Published in Transactions of the ASAE, v. 39, issue 3, p. 1135-1144.

© 1996 American Society of Agricultural Engineers

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This manuscript is published with the approval of the Director of the Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station and designated Paper No. 92-30.