Impact of heat stress on poultry: How to reduce the impact on birds and prevent losses of performances during the summer period?
Half of the birds reared worldwide are estimated to suffer from the consequences of heat stress during the summer period. The first visible sign is an increase in the water: feed ratio, however recent research has also shown that excessively hot conditions have an impact on the gut structure and its permeability. Reduced feed consumption and decreased intestinal integrity and function result in the decreased energy intake, animal discomfort and the reduced performance parameters associated with summer months. An effective building temperature control system is a primary step towards managing this problem but it can be sensitive to sudden or excessive changes in temperature. Temperature management can therefore be actively supported by natural nutritional feeding strategies.
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Article made possible through the contribution of Jennifer Maurin and Pancosma