A poultry management expert in Nigeria, Mr Akeem Salawu, has advised poultry farmers to take adequate measures to avoid losing their birds to heat stress.
Salawu who gave the advice while speaking with the Journalists in Lagos state said that many farmers were having challenges with livestock due to climate change, particularly with the intensity of the sun.
He noted that apart from poultry, other livestock farmers such as those in rabbit breeding also complained of their doe not getting pregnant because of the heat.
Salawu, however, recommended that poultry farmers provide ventilated spaces with free inflow of air to control temperatures that would suit the birds.
“Farmers can make use of fans. In advanced countries, they provide air-conditioned houses for their birds.
“They regulate the temperature they want; so, the birds don’t feel the heat,” Salawu said.
According to him, another way of doing it is to put little amount of ice blocks in their water.
“When they’re drinking, it will cool them,” he explained.
Salawu also cautioned against using too much ice, to avoid complications such as chronic respiratory diseases (CRD).