Consider adjusting to a more digestible feed for flocks reared during the summer.
- Correctly balanced nutrient levels and highly digestible feed will help birds cope;
- Feed should be accessible 24/7 allowing feeding during cooler periods of the day; and
- Feeds high in fat or oil, low in carbs reduces heat production during metabolism.
Limit handling and change barn walking to slow movement throughthe birds. Birds sit during hot weather and in doing so trap heat. By slow walking through the birds, they stand and ventilation removes the heat around the birds. Avoid transporting flocks during days of extreme temperature-procurement might reschedule your processing date or shift your catch time. Extreme heat will not only impact your birds, but will also have an effect on family members and staff. Refer to the chart below to review heat stress information for humans.