18 WAYS TO HANDLE HEAT STRESS IN POULTRY Part 2
- During heat stress, birds will increase their water intake by 2 to 4 times their normal intake.
- To combat heat stress in poultry, sufficient water space, operating waterers and cool water temperatures will encourage the birds to drink. Flush water lines and waterers routinely to keep the water fresh and cool.
- Supplementing drinking water with vitamins (A, D, E and B complex) can be effective at tackling heat stress mortality in broilers.
- In breeding poultry, vitamin C can effectively moderate warm temperature declines in egg production and eggshell qualitin laying hens, and sperm production in breeder males.
- You can add electrolytes to your flock’s drinking water for up to three days. Heat stress causes increased loss of several minerals including potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc.
- Potassium chloride electrolytes appear to increase water intake when provided in drinking water at 0.6 percent concentration. It has been generally more effective than other potassium and sodium salts.
- You should start providing electrolytes prior to the heat stress period.
- During heat stresa, sodium bicarbonate in the feed or use of carbonated water is especially useful for hens in egg production. Panting and carbon dioxide release can change the acid-base balance in poultry,
- Always do everything possible to manage heat stress among your birds. Never forget that stress always lower the immune status of your birds thus predisposing them to myriads of diseases.
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