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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1963. Department Poultry Husbandry.


Copyright 1963, the author. Used by permission.


The successful operation of the “Indoor Lagoon” house at the University of Nebraska was the stimulus for hundreds of inquiries received from poultrymen in over forty states.Most of these people wanted to modify the two square feet of surface and 2.5 cu. ft. of water per bird – allowances used in the original “lagoon” house – to fit their own circumstances.Since no information was available on what effect these modifications would have, the “Microlagoon” system for cages was devised as an experimental attempt to provide several small “lagoons” where such variables as surface area and cubage per bird could be studied. Information on other aspects such as heating, aeration, and combined heating and aeration was also needed. The presently reported experiments were an attempt to supply this much needed and often requested information.

It was also hoped that this investigation would provide an estimate of the rate of the dry matter accumulation and the time required from one cleanout to another.

Advisor: John L. Adams