Impact of Heat Stress on Poultry Production
Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, 915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
Livestock Behavior Research Unit, USDA-ARS, 125 South Russell Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Received: 28 February 2013 / Revised: 5 April 2013 / Accepted: 22 April 2013 / Published: 24 April 2013
Due to the common occurrence of environmental stressors worldwide, many studies have investigated the detrimental effects of heat stress on poultry production. It has been shown that heat stress negatively affects the welfare and productivity of broilers and laying hens. However, further research is still needed to improve the knowledge of basic mechanisms associated to the negative effects of heat stress in poultry, as well as to develop effective interventions.