Health Management of Poultry in Summer: 5 Essential Keys

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Find out what you need to do to keep your poultry healthy and profitable throughout the summer.

Today, we share some important factors for managing animal health on poultry farms during the summer months, when the intense heat becomes a critical factor.

There is no doubt that summer is a time of growth for broilers. However, in summer, the broilers also need more care and attention. There are many factors that affect the health of broilers in the summer.

In this post, we discuss the importance of maintaining the health of broilers in the summer. We also give you tips on how to manage the health of your broilers in summer.

How to Maintain Broiler Health During the Summer

If you have a broiler farm, you need to pay special attention to the health of your broilers in the summer. It is very important to check the health of your broilers every day. You should do this by checking the management and environment of your poultry farm. You should also check the droppings and the water management. 

The water in your broiler house should be clean. The droppings should also be removed and cleaned. You must check the feed and biosecurity management. Checking the housing management for inside temperature and heat is very essential to do in the summer. Below, we have given some main points to check on your poultry farm to manage the health of the broilers.

  • Water Management

Water management is an important part of your poultry farm, especially in the summers. Water is the primary nutrient, and therefore, water hygiene is an essential part to check as it is directly related to the productivity and growth of broilers. You must check that the water supply in the poultry farm is hygienically maintained. 

Unhygienic water management may lead to water-borne infections. Water pipelines must be regularly cleaned and flushed with organic acids. To keep the water in the farm at the right pH level and free of bacteria, acidifiers and sanitizers must be used on a regular basis to keep the water clean.

  • Feed management

Proper and regulated feeding is another important thing to monitor for better broiler health. During the summer, the feed of broilers is reduced considerably, which affects their body weight, egg production, and overall health. Therefore, it is important to increase the frequency of feeding in a balanced and regulated manner. 

Offering feed during the afternoon is not a good idea. It is best to offer food during the cooler periods of the day, in the morning and evening. Increase the density of nutrition in the feed instead of increasing the quantity, as it will compensate for the depressed feed. 

You must focus on supplementing amino acids like lysine, threonine, and methionine rather than total protein. During summer days, you must focus on providing 20–30% extra vitamins and minerals. Adding vitamins like C, E, B2, B6, and B12 to the feed will increase the immunity of the broilers during the summer.

  • Vaccination

Vaccination is an important part of successful poultry farming, and it is important to get it done. Effective vaccination is based on the vaccine strain, vaccination routine, and the broiler’s level of immunity. A bird’s level of immunity is very important when it comes to how well it responds to vaccinations. 

Summer stress causes birds to have a lot of physiological changes in their bodies, which leads to hypoglycemia, which causes a lot of deaths and makes them less able to fight off infections. Broilers that have a lot of corticosteroid secretion will not respond to insulin. That will make their immune organs less likely to gain weight. In turn, this means that the birds don’t make enough antibodies to fight off infections, which can weaken the broilers’ immune systems.

  • Biosecurity

Biosecurity is actually a set of defined management practices for poultry farms to maintain the health of broilers. Following these criteria correctly will reduce the possibility of spreading diseases among the broilers. Looking at the perspective of chickens rather than the farm, there are three primary levels of biosecurity: conceptual, structural, and operational biosecurity. 

Conceptual biosecurity, which involves the planning of the farming site and location This includes proximity between farms and transport. It should be well planned before setting up the farm, as any changes in the future will cost a high amount. 

The second level of biosecurity is structural planning. This involves designing the poultry farm, clean and waste management, layout, and security. 

The third and last level of biosecurity is operational planning. This includes day-to-day farming operations, routine disinfection and sanitization, and the prevention of overcrowding. Overall, biosecurity is a lethal weapon to prevent broilers from highly contagious diseases that are very common in the summer.

  • Housing management

Last but not least, the most important concern for the health management of broilers in the summer is housing management. Proper farming structures and prevention methods applied to poultry farms can prevent heat stress in the summer for broilers. There are some important measures that you can apply to your poultry farm to prevent the health of broiler chickens being affected during the summer. 

You must apply the long axis in an east-west direction as it will minimize the solar heat as well as direct sunlight. If the farm is located in a tropical region, then you should apply good quality roof insulation. 

Add coolers, fans, or exhausts to the farm for better air movement and to reduce the farm’s temperature. Thatching the roof with sugarcane leaves can also help reduce the temperature. The roof of the farm needs to be whitewashed or painted with a reflective coating that will reflect the sun’s heat and keep the inside of the farm cooler.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the broilers are very sensitive to heat. They have a high risk of heat stress and can die from heat stroke. The measures given above should be followed and applied to maintain the health of the broilers during the summer. 

At OBIC Solutions, we provide a suitable shed for poultry farms by reducing summer heat stress with a high-quality heat-resistant roof coating. Our heat reflective paints are designed to reduce the summer heat and prevent dehydration issues in broilers. So, this summer, be smart and keep your broilers healthy so that they don’t die.

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