The volatilization of ammonia occurs as a result of the breakdown of uric acid, which is present in poultry litter. The pH of the poultry litter plays an important role in ammonia volatilization. When the pH of poultry litter is below 7 ammonia release remains low; however, when the pH of the litter is above 8 the release of ammonia can be substantial.
By acidifying the litter, with the help of a proper balance of citric acid and our naturally occurring blend of Diatomaceous Earth, the conversion of ammonium to ammonia can be minimized. An acidified environment also inhibits the activity of bacteria and enzymes that contribute to the formation of ammonia, which further reduces ammonia production.