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How to protect turkey flocks
from heat stress
Reducing stress and increasing comfort isn't always easy for the grower,
but it pays off in terms of greater performance and lower mortality.
AUSTIN ALONZO

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urkey growers and integrators can't control the
weather, but they can control the comfort level
of their flocks on hot days.
Christy Puffenbarger, vice president of technical
services for Aviagen Turkeys, shared her experience
in how farmers can help their turkeys do better under
high heat conditions. She spoke on March 14 as part
of the 2019 Midwest Poultry Federation Convention
in Minneapolis.
The key to protecting birds from the heat is maximizing their hours of comfort while minimizing hours
of stress. This requires close attention to detail from
the grower. Often, these actions and management techniques are not the easiest.
But, she said, it's not about convenience. It's about
looking after the welfare of the turkeys and maintaining a healthy, high-performing flock. Heat stress
can lead to worse performance and higher mortality,
which ultimately means lower profits.

Poult care and managing the brooder house
Young birds, like older birds, can be susceptible to heat
stress and dehydration due to their small size and high
growth rate. Puffenbarger said it can be harder to start
birds in the summer than in the winter because the
farmer has less control of outside conditions on hot days.
Poults want to feel heat on their backs. So even
if it's warm outside, it's necessary to heat the house
before the birds arrive and keep heating when they are
present. If the temperature is inconsistent, birds can

Christy Puffenbarger, Aviagen Turkeys Austin Alonzo
pile up, leading to potentially catastrophic outcomes.
Along with keeping the house warm enough for the
poults, the birds must be given an adequate supply of
clean, fresh water. In warmer conditions, the birds can
dehydrate quickly. Farmers should check their drinker
lines before the arrival of poults to ensure they are in
working order.
There may be a few instances when the farmer
needs to cool the brooder house. This is particularly
true right before the birds are ready to move to the
grower house. The turkeys are larger, so the brooder
house will be more densely populated and will probably need to be cooled to keep the birds comfortable.
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Poultry USA - May 2019
Contents
It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
A new device for detecting woody breast
Where will chicken belong in the diet of the future?
12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers
Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - May 2019 - It’s time to consider new poultry transport trailers
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 5
Poultry USA - May 2019 - Poultry transparency: Two tales, same passion
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella Reading outbreak challenges turkey industry
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 5 keys for controlling Salmonella on breeder farms
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Salmonella prevention requires integrated approach
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - How to protect turkey flocks from heat stress
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - A new device for detecting woody breast
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - 12 feed antibiotic reduction lessons from EU producers
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Poultry USA - May 2019 - Is it time to rethink Campylobacter and broiler health?
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