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Chickens: Raising Chicken in Hot Climates?
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How do you beat the heat? Pls if possible I need cheap methods. I know about fans but that will be a huge cost to set up and running fans with generator is yet another thing.
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#2
Add cold water
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(02-09-2015, 09:32 PM)John@ Wrote: How do you beat the heat? Pls if possible I need cheap methods. I know about fans but that will be a huge cost to set up and running fans with generator is yet another thing.

Fans will be very helpful though. Alternatively you can give cold water at about 12oC. Giving baking soda and ammonium chloride in water will help prevent what is called acidiosis. There is also loss of potassium and sodium ions. Replenish them by giving electrolytes and vitamins.
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Birds in temperate regions generally have better performance than those in the tropics due to temperature. During periods of high temperature, weight gain, FCR, egg production, shell quality and hatchability are badly affected. Mortality and diseases also tend to be high. Our high temperature is a blessing in some ways and a curse sometimes.

To add to what have already been said, you can plant trees around the pen and place palm fronds on the zinc. Replace old, rusty zincs because they can no longer reflect sunlight. Also make sure that the 4 sides of the pen are open, don't attach the pen to a fence.
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(03-30-2015, 11:54 AM)Manihot Wrote: Fans will be very helpful though. Alternatively you can give cold water at about 12oC. Giving baking soda and ammonium chloride in water will help prevent what is called acidiosis. There is also loss of potassium and sodium ions. Replenish them by giving electrolytes and vitamins.

What is the dosage for baking soda and ammonium chloride?
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Dosage in feed is 1-2% for baking soda and 0.3-1% for ammonium chloride.
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(04-03-2015, 02:04 PM)Manihot Wrote: Dosage in feed is 1-2% for baking soda and 0.3-1% for ammonium chloride.

Ok thanks!
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(04-03-2015, 02:04 PM)Manihot Wrote: Dosage in feed is 1-2% for baking soda and 0.3-1% for ammonium chloride.

Thanks.
For those that may not understand, it means 10-20g of baking powder per liter water and 3-10g ammonium chloride per liter water.
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