Agricultural Extension Service, South Dakota State College
An efficient, practical poultry house is an asset to a farm. It need not be expensive to give good results. Sometimes a building already on the farm can be remodeled inexpensively to serve the needs of hens; however, for larger flocks seriously consider new housing. A poultry house must protect the birds from the hot sun in summer, cold temperatures in winter, and temperature extremes in spring and fall. It must also provide for moisture removal and be a comfortable, dry place for the hens. Such a house will increase production lower feed cost, produce cleaner eggs, and save labor. Other factors for a successful project are egg production breeding, balanced feeding, and efficient management.
To invest money wisely, give careful attention to materials, floor plan, and use of labor-saving devices. Plan a new construction so it could also be used for other farm livestock if the situation would warrant a change of enterprise. Insulation, ventilation, and equipment all are essential for controlled environment poultry housing in South Dakota.
Bonzer, Boyd and Lubinus, Louis, "South Dakota Controlled Environment Poultry Housing" (1963). SDSU Extension Circulars. 588.