Help Chickens Keep Their Cool

Help Chickens Keep Their Cool
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 3 minutes By Tiffany Towne Nutrena Poultry Expert Some people love a summer heat wave, or for that matter, sweating it out in a sauna. Not chickens. For our feathered friends, steamy summer days — which are increasing, due to climate change — can mean trouble. But the right care can help your girls keep their cool and stay productive throughout the season. Why the Fuss? Chickens cannot sweat, making them much more susceptible to overheating. Chickens normally lose heat as warm blood flows through the comb, wattles, and limbs, cools, and is returned to the body’s interior. Problems occur in extreme heat, when the chicken’s temperature (on average 102°F to 103°F) cannot be reduced by this method. Without relief, heat stroke, low egg productivity or death can happen Heat Stroke Symptoms Just like humans, chickens can tell us a lot through body language. Some

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