Foster Farms Poultry Education and Research Facility

and Zacky Farms Poultry Teaching Facility

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The poultry unit at Fresno State is very unique. The facilities we utilize for education and research are the result of a collaborative effort between the University and Foster Poultry Farms as well as Zacky Farms. Currently we raise primarily commercial-type white broilers and turkeys. The newest Research Facility is a state-of-the-art broiler house built in early 2013. In addition, we also have an updated commercial-type turkey facility built in 1993. Our chicken facility is operated under the American Humane Certified Animal Welfare Program. All poultry are raised on the Fresno State campus farm just steps away from all classrooms. We have an active Poultry Science club that is very busy having fun, raising money, and collaborating with other on-campus clubs throughout the year. The club travels to seminars, shows, and industry meetings both in California and as far as the International Poultry Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia.

The poultry at Fresno State are raised by our students under the guidance of dedicated faculty members with financial and technical support from Foster Farms and Zacky Farms. The birds are harvested and processed at the Foster Farms and Zacky Farms facilities in Fresno the area. A percentage of the processed birds are sold under the Fresno State label at our Gibson Farm Market alongside many other products we produce on our school farm. The proceeds from the sale of the birds we raise and process help strengthen Fresno State’s teaching and research programs in agriculture. We are committed to a very strict biosecurity program, animal welfare program as well as a stringent confidentiality policy with the companies we work with on research.

The new research facility built in 2013, is a 340 x 48 16, 320 square foot, floor pen style broiler house with dirt floors and tunnel ventilation. It runs on natural gas and has a propane back-up generator.

This experimental house has the ability to be set up in several different ways. It is equipped with four Ziggity low-flow nipple type drinker lines and three Big Dutchman Flux pan-type feeder lines. The controller for this facility is the Chore-Time 2 controller.

This broiler house also has the ability to be set up for half house brooding, center house brooding, or whole house brooding. It can be set up as one entire length of house pen, two pens or four pens. It has four separate water treatment valves and injectors, four separate feed tanks, and four separate sets of feed hoppers and feed lines. There are 2, 36”, and 10 48” fans in the facility, as well as 8 overhead stir fans. This house also contains a floor scale in each of the four sections that records bird weight, and archives it via the Chore-Time 2 Controller. The building is fully secure with locked security doors at all entrances and has an alarm system for temperature and static pressure.

Also located at the facility, are restrooms, on-site storage, and handi-capped parking.

The turkey facility built in 1993, is a 175 x 45 foot pen style house with dirt and concrete flooring. It also runs on natural gas and propane.

This experimental house has the ability to be set up in many different ways from small pen trials (48 pens), to whole house placement. It is currently equipped with both Roxell and Chore-Time feed pans as well as the Avicorvi nipple drinker system throughout, however, can be retrofitted as specified by trail type. It contains 4, 36’’ fans and four separate hopper and auger systems as well as the Chore-Time in line hopper scales. This building also boasts the new Chore-Time QuadRadient heaters.