This post was originally published at The Most Reliable Agricultural Blog. and has been republished with permission.
What happens to laying chickens in a hot weather conditions?
Energy in poultry diet is used for three purposes, namely:
- Growth (change in body weight)
- Egg production.
What happens to laying chickens in cold weather condition?
Nutrient deficiency is not observed during this period as chickens eat as much as possible to cater for their nutritional requirement. During this period, the cost of production is usually high as chickens consume a lot of feed in the quest to find extra energy to stay warm; conversely, production increases as it leads to increase in egg quantity, quality and body weight.
Protein level and vitamins seem unaffected at these temperature extremes. By the virtue of the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, they have been proved to be very effective in controlling heat stress in hot climatic areas as they neutralize the free radicals causing heat stress.