The UK Poultry Research
Facility, located on the College of Agriculture's Coldstream Farm,
is a vital part of teaching, research and extension programs in
poultry science. It also provides support for other programs in
Animal Sciences and other university departments.
The facility includes
three layer-cage rooms with a combined capacity of 2,600 laying
hens and two grower-cage rooms that hold 2,800 pullets. The cage
rooms are equipped with a unique direct-cage ventilation system
that provides a very uniform environment through each room. The
cage rooms have heating, air conditioning and evaporative cooling
to provide a high degree of environmental control throughout the
The facility also has
two floor-pen rooms for maintaining chickens on litter in a total
of 100 pens. The pens sizes can be varied and can be equipped with
nests to accommodate laying or breeding hens to meet different experimental
needs. The floor pen units can house approximately 2,400 growing
chickens (broilers or pullets) or 800 breeder hens.
The laboratory section
of the facility includes an egg storage room, equipment for processing
eggs and poultry, and feed mixing equipment. This section also includes
the incubator room and a meeting room.
This modern building
provides excellent facilities for faculty and graduate students
to conduct research aimed at improving poultry production. The facility
also provides opportunities for interested undergraduate students
to gain hands-on experience working with poultry.