Every summer the same thing happens. Hot weather hits suddenly, layer feed consumption drops, and production and egg size suffer as a result. It's a predictable sequence of events, yet we seldom plan ahead for avoiding these consequences.
The most severely affected flocks are those just coming into production when the hot weather arrives. That is a precarious time in the life of a layer anyway, because they have difficulty consuming sufficient feed to meet their nutritional demands, even in normal conditions. Adding the effect of heat stress at this time can only make it worse.
What are some actions that can be taken to better prepare young flocks to maintain production and egg size during hot weather? This article will concentrate on the management factors affecting egg size.
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