Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University scientists have said the poultry birds required more attention during the rising temperature.
Dr Samita Saini said poultry birds did not have sweat glands and had thick cover of feathers. “During summer months, the birds consume less feed and more water due to which their growth rate, egg production, egg shell quality and hatchability are all adversely affected and mortality is high. Disease incidence in the flocks also increases because of wet litter.”
Saini said there should be a grass cover on the grounds surrounding the poultry house, which would reduce the reflection of sunlight into their dwelling. “Vegetation should be kept trimmed to avoid blocking air movement and to help reduce rodent problems. Shady trees should be located where they do not restrict air movement,” she added.
“While purchasing the new stock, the time of purchase should be adjusted in such a way that the productive stage should not come during acute summer months,” she said.