How can nutritional supplements help broilers during periods of elevated temperatures?
Broilers cannot sweat, they start panting instead. This results in an increase of the blood pH and in dehydration and loss of electrolytes. Even small changes in blood pH and electrolyte levels can have dramatic consequences for the chickens and their future performance and can result in mortality. Additionally, exposure to elevated temperatures results in increased levels of cortisol and oxidative imbalance.
To support broilers during periods with elevated temperature, supplementation with crucial ingredients such as bicarbonate, electrolytes, vitamin C and magnesium is important to deal with all metabolic changes. This ensures that the birds’ blood pH remains stable, optimal hydration levels are maintained and oxidative stress and cortisol levels are controlled.