Temperatures Heating Up Chicken Houses - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Sidney, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Temperatures Heating Up Chicken Houses

Sidney, AR -- Poultry grower Randy Ratliff and the chickens he raises are feeling the heat....

"These here, according to last the batch, are probably two days behind in feed consumption.  That feed consumption tells you the weight is not there," said Ratliff.

 If the weight is not there, neither is the money.

He tries to keep these chicken houses about 15 degrees cooler than it is outside to maintain the birds appetite.

It's a task that constantly has to be monitored and maintained because as the chickens get older they become more vulnerable to heat exhaustion and even death.  

"If one of our generators or fans fail, you might have ten minutes before they start dying," said Ratliff. 

Randy says he hasn't lost any birds due to the heat, but he does go on to say that the cost of keeping the temperatures in these chicken houses down is certainly going up.  

"Last month we paid one of the highest electric bills we've ever paid. During the day you run 9 48-52 inch fans and with all the other stuff you run in there.....it's terrible.  My bill has doubled what we had been paying," said Ratliff.

Cooling units and fans are luxuries in our homes, but they are necessities in chicken houses because if they fail, as Ratliff said, it could mean thousands of dollars are lost.  

"Just in a matter of minutes, you could lose 8 or 9 houses if something doesn't work," said Ratliff.

For Randy Ratliff and the thousands of birds he raises, he relies on technology to battle mother nature......

"...an alarm system to say when the ventilation is not right or when the heat is not right," said Ratliff

....because it's a fight he can't afford to lose.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Salvation Army opening cooling center

    Salvation Army opening cooling center

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:25:10 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 10:58 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:58:36 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    With hot, muggy temperatures making their presence felt across Jonesboro, one building announced they've opened up their cooling center.

    With hot, muggy temperatures making their presence felt across Jonesboro, one building announced they've opened up their cooling center.

  • VA launches investigation into impaired Arkansas pathologist

    VA launches investigation into impaired Arkansas pathologist

    Monday, June 18 2018 10:42 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:42:51 GMT
    (Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Facebook)(Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Facebook)
    (Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Facebook)(Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs via Facebook)

    Federal officials say a pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital for being "impaired on duty" misdiagnosed seven cases and more than 30,000 additional cases are being reviewed.

    Federal officials say a pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital for being "impaired on duty" misdiagnosed seven cases and more than 30,000 additional cases are being reviewed.

  • Ordinance proposed to change city council member terms

    Ordinance proposed to change city council member terms

    Monday, June 18 2018 9:24 PM EDT2018-06-19 01:24:55 GMT
    Monday, June 18 2018 10:26 PM EDT2018-06-19 02:26:53 GMT
    Batesville City Council members are considering putting an ordinance to change term limits in front of voters. (Source: KAIT)Batesville City Council members are considering putting an ordinance to change term limits in front of voters. (Source: KAIT)
    Batesville City Council members are considering putting an ordinance to change term limits in front of voters. (Source: KAIT)Batesville City Council members are considering putting an ordinance to change term limits in front of voters. (Source: KAIT)

    Batesville voters could soon have the choice of whether to lengthen the terms of city council members.?

    Batesville voters could soon have the choice of whether to lengthen the terms of city council members.?

Powered by Frankly