Cold Brooding Conditions Result in Decreased Development
Carla van der Pol, MSc.
Suboptimal brooding conditions in chickens are known to impair growth performance and welfare. An important condition in early life that is known to influence later performance is the environmental temperature. At hatch, the thermoregulation of a chicken is not fully developed yet. Therefore, hatchlings are not able to regulate their own body temperature very well and they are largely dependent on the environmental temperature.