Panting depletes blood bicarbonate. Consider the use of electrolytes during extreme heat periods.

  • Sodium and potassium have been shown to reduce the effects of heat stress likely because it increases water intake;
  • Vitamins E, D, A, C and niacin are known to have a positive effect on the response of birds to heat stress, increase the level of vitamins by 1.25% per 1 ̊C above 21, if above 28 ̊ then 2.5% increase per 1 ̊C; and
  • Other additives shown to have benefits in improving heat tolerance are: betaine and glucose.

Discuss with your veterinarian the use of anti-coccoidal in heat stress situations. Certain anticoccidials (Nicarbazin) are toxic to birds when fed in hot weather. However, growing birds need protection against coccidiosis at all times, including hot weather.