Supplements to rehydrate breeders exposed to high temperatures
When breeders come into production, their metabolism becomes much more active. Their body temperature will start to rise, and they will start panting to get rid of the heat. Panting leads to an increase of the blood pH. In an attempt to correct the pH, loss of body salts and water will occur. Direct effects of dealing with high temperatures are an imbalance of the oxidative system and an increase of blood cortisol. The aforementioned effects should be compensated by supplementing the birds with electrolytes and trace elements. As birds exposed to elevated temperatures will not eat, while increasing their water intake, the supplement should be provided via their drinking water system.