Are you in the process of setting your poultry shelters? Aside from providing your chickens an outdoor space where they can freely move around during their active period, an indoor space is also crucial for their well-being and growth. This is why it’s important that you take time in designing the shelter and providing it the necessary poultry supplies, equipment including poultry curtains. Where are these curtains generally used? Here are few things you need to know about poultry curtains.
Introduction to poultry curtains
Adequate lighting is one of the basic requirements when building poultry shelters. Apart from that poultry curtains are also considered to play an important role in your targeted broiler production. Most poultry farm owners use poultry curtains like the blue and yellow ones because they have been proven to be a contributing factor on broilers performance.
The material component of poultry curtains
Poultry curtains are made from the top graded UV-stabilised materials. They are specifically designed to have excellent block-out fabrics that will control the amount of natural light coming inside the poultry shelters. Most of the fabric materials used for the manufacture of poultry curtains have a special laminated coating. For maximum block-out effect check the percentage of laminated coating used on poultry curtains.
Poultry curtains come in a variety of materials, width and weight. For summer months, lighter curtains can be used to allow natural air to flow freely inside the poultry shelters. However, curtains made from insulated fabric material are appropriate during winter months.
The most common material used for poultry curtains are polyethylene (PE) and vinyl (PVC). However, you can also have the option to have them custom made and have specifications like abrasion and fungus resistant.
Why use poultry curtains?
Birds require a period of darkness to reach their optimum health condition. It is only during the dark periods that the chickens will produce the hormone “melatonin” needed to improved immune system. The ideal dark period when managing a poultry farm is at least four to six hours of total darkness daily. However, if you are raising free-range or organic chickens the required dark period is eight hours of darkness. Poultry curtains help poultry raisers reach this total darkness program with their efficient blocking system feature. Dark periods also help those fast-growing broilers to slow down their growth rate to ensure they have balance in the frame built and prevent the leg disorder from arising.
If you want to know more about the different designs, pricing and available colors for your poultry curtains contact any of the representatives of Polytex or visit their official website to view their wide range of tarpaulin products suited for your poultry business.