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Aug. 25, 2023
By Ryan McGeeneyU of A System Division of Agriculture
(387 words)(Newsrooms: Download file art of backyard poultry)
LITTLE ROCK — With the extreme heat felt across much of the United States this summer,
agricultural producers need to take measures not just to protect themselves and their
laborers, but also their crops and livestock as well.
Zac Williams, extension poultry husbandry and management specialist for the University
of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said that for both commercial producers
and backyard hobbyists, keeping chickens alive through the summer heat comes down
to a few basics.
“Keep the air moving and keep the water cool,” Williams said. “For commercial producers,
that means making sure your ventilation system, including exhaust fans and evaporative
cooling pads, are working properly. For backyard chicken keepers, that means making
sure there’s shade available.
“In either instance, chickens need cool water, and plenty of it,” he said. “It’s not
enough to just put out adequate amounts of water in the morning. It’s going to get
warm, and that’s just not as effective. In commercial houses, managers need to flush
those water lines multiple times a day for the same reason.”
Williams said that if backyard chicken keepers want to put out fans for their flocks,
that’s fine. They should not, however, bring live poultry into their homes to avail
them of the air conditioning.
“You can bring all kinds of diseases into your house doing that,” Williams said. “I’d
never recommend anyone bring chickens into their house.”
Ounce of preventionWilliams warned that if chickens do begin suffering from heat stress, producers will
begin seeing production losses. It can be very difficult to bring poultry back from
a heat-related illness, so it’s best to be proactive.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” he said. “Chickens are actually
kind of hardy. But if it gets up to 100, all you can do is give them the tools they
need to survive.”
He also noted that some producers may add electrolytes to their flocks’ water supply,
which can help the animals endure the heat of summer.
Commercial chicken houses in Arkansas produced more than 7.3 billion pounds of chicken
meat in 2022, and produced $693 million in eggs.
The Division of Agriculture has several free publications available that producers
may find useful, including research-proven techniques for Getting Broiler Houses Ready for the Summer and sprinkler systems that help keep flocks cool.
To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension
Service agent or visit www.uaex.uada.edu. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division
of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uada.edu/. Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture,
visit https://uada.edu/. Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension
and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex,
gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital
or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and
is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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