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Extreme Heat

Prepare & Protect from Extreme Heat

Is the temperature going up with no signs of cooling off? Extreme heat, the number one weather-related killer, is something you need to plan for in advance. Along with extreme heat, drought conditions force us to take a look at water conservation efforts, alternative feed methods for livestock, and ways to keep a steady, fresh supply of drinking water available to animals through the hottest parts of the year. Tractor Supply Co. has the products and advice you need to manage extreme heat.

Managing Heat Stress in Poultry

When Sue Weaver, who raises chickens and authored the book Chickens: Tending A Small Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit, moved from Minnesota to Arkansas, she got a crash course in chickens and heat stress. Always be alert for signs of heat stress, she says.

"Chickens get lethargic and pant with their beaks open," says Weaver, of Mammoth Springs, Ark. "They flatten themselves out with their wings spread away from their bodies. The hens stop laying and the young chicks stop growing." Badly-stressed hens may take a couple of months to start laying again, and then their eggshells will most likely be thin. A bird's size tends to indicate how much heat will affect it.

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Extreme Heat Conditions 

Be prepared with tips about heat exhaustion treatment and heat stroke treatment:

Summer is a great time to go swimming and enjoy the sun, but this comes with caution. Extreme heat or five days in a row of temperatures that are 9 degrees above normal can cause dangerous health issues. However, you can plan ahead to protect yourself and your family.


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