TEMPERATURE AND ITS EFFECTS ON EGG LAYING
TEMPERATURE AND ITS EFFECTS ON EGG PRODUCTION
-The optimal laying temperature is between 11° and 26° C. A humidity level above 75 percent will cause a reduction in egg laying.
Effects of temperature increase:
* 11 - 26°C Layers have good production.
* 26 - 28°C .there is some reduction in feed intake.
* 28 - 32 °C Layers reduce feed consumption and increase water intake; eggs produced are of reduced size and thin shell.
* 32 - 35°C Start having Slight panting.
* 35 - 40 °C. Heat prostration sets in, measures to cool the house must be taken.
* 40 °C and above-Mortality due to heat stress.
-When the temperature rises above 28° C the production and quality of eggs decrease. Seasonal temperature increases can reduce egg production by about 10 percent.
-Extreme cold temperatures also lead to reduced eggs production.
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