American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Early Age Thermal Conditioning Improves Broiler Chick's Response to Acute Heat Stress at Marketing Age

Ahmed M. Hassan and P. Gopal Reddy

DOI : 10.3844/ajavsp.2012.1.6

American Journal of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1

Pages 1-6

Abstract

Problem statement: Acute heat stress at marketing age especially in broiler chickens raised in open houses with reduced means of heat exchange leads to economic losses. The objective of this study was to determine beneficial effects of early age thermal conditioning in reducing adverse effects of acute heat stress and decrease losses. Approach: Ninety one day-old broiler chicks were randomly assigned to one of three treatments (n = 30): (1) control (normally raised), (2) early age thermal conditioning (exposed to temperature of 40

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© 2012 Ahmed M. Hassan and P. Gopal Reddy. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.