Poultry Unit

Jason Fields, Manager
Phone (765) 496-7934
Fax (765) 583-3258
email: jsfields@purdue.edu

The poultry unit has facilities for research in nutrition, physiology, environmental influences and genetics, as well as for teaching, and extension. The manager and one farm animal technician operates this unit and student labor is utilized as research demands extra labor.

The hatchery includes the office, computer, conference room, and seven NatureForm incubators, each with a capacity of hatching 1980 chicken eggs. Duck and turkey eggs can also be hatched.

Upon hatching, chicks are moved to the grower unit from the hatchery, and remain there until approximately 16 weeks of age. Grower has 15 light-tight, environmentally separate rooms, 8 in the west end with 75 cages, 24 inches x 24 inches, and 7 in the east end with 81 cages, 24 inches x 24 inches. The cages have 2 adjustable height nipple waterers that can be converted to cup waterers. Each room has a triple-deck cage system suspended over a shallow pit. All 15 rooms are thermostatically controlled and equipped with evaporative cooling pads. This building also features a 12 ft x 18 ft. laboratory.

Pullets are transferred to the Layer unit at about 16 weeks of age. In addition to layers, roosters and breeder hens, populations are maintained for genetic studies. This building has 16 environmentally separate, light-tight rooms, equipped with evaporative cooling pads. Fifteen rooms have eight cage rows in a "quad-deck" offset arrangement, with 48 cages, 12 inches x 14 inches per row. One room has no cages and can be set up for various configurations of cages.

Management unit II has four light-tight, environmentally separate rooms with floor pens that are equipped with evaporative cooling pads. Each room has 12 pens that are 10 foot x 8 foot arranged in two rows of six pens with a central aisle. The pens have two doors and a movable partition that allows for variable pen size and / or doubling the number of birds per pen. This unit is used for the rearing of broilers, turkeys and ducks. If ducks are raised, a nipple waterer is placed over a plastic mesh-covered gutter.

The lagoon for waste handling represents a cut and fill design with 3 cells. A sewage lift sump pump transfers manure from the shallow pits located in each room of the layer and grower units to cell one at the rate of 600 gallon/minute. Recycled flush water is returned to the shallow pits of each room by gravity flow from cell two at a rate of 500 gallon/minute. Cell 3 is the overflow for cell 2; it is then pumped onto crop land during the growing season.


Department of Animal Sciences, 270 S Russell Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907 USA, (765) 494-4808

© Purdue University | An equal access/equal opportunity university | Integrity Statement | Copyright Complaints | Maintained by Agricultural Communication

Trouble with this page? Disability-related accessibility issue? Please contact us at agweb@purdue.edu so we can help.

Sign In