Chickens, being warm-blooded (homeothermic) animals, have the ability to maintain a rather uniform internal body temperature (homeostasis). However, the mechanism for accomplishing this is efficient only when the ambient temperature is within certain limits; birds cannot adjust well to extremes. Therefore it is important that chickens be housed and cared for so as to provide an environment that will enable them to maintain their thermal balance (thermoneutral zone).
KeywordsHeat Loss Heat Production Sweat Gland High Body Temperature Moisture Production
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