Poultry are very susceptible to heat waves. Large losses can occur particularly in the South Australian summer.
The most important factor to cool birds down is ventilation (e.g. wind, fans).
The following is recommended to be provided for birds in the event that temperatures reach above 30oC:
- large areas of shade and shelter; enough for adequate space for each bird
- ventilation in the form of fans with back-up power supplies or alternative ventilation systems
- cool water in the form of foggers or sprinklers; these are less effective if humidity reaches 80%
- cool drinking water.
For more information, please see the Heatwaves and Poultry Fact Sheet ().