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Acid-base balance in broilers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 March 2007

S.A. BORGES
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, 81530-000 Curitiba PRBrasil
A.V. FISCHER DA SILVA*
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, 81530-000 Curitiba PRBrasil
A. MAIORKA
Affiliation:
Universidade Federal do Paraná – UFPR, 81530-000 Curitiba PRBrasil
*
*Corresponding author: avitoria@ufpr.br
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Abstract

High ambient temperature could result in numerous physiological and metabolic changes in broilers, that adversely impact broiler performance and immune response. In addition to environmental control techniques that have been frequently used to reduce the negative impact of heat stress on birds' performance, other measures have been studied. Lately, proper nutritional management has shown to be effect as a preventive measure against heat stress because the function of the thermoregulating system of broilers (heat production, evaporative and nonevaporative routes for heat dissipation) can be influenced by diet. This applies particularly to the establishment of proper electrolyte balances due to their physiological importance in the heat stress mechanism. Thus, nutritional mechanisms should be reassessed as a tool to control this metabolic dysfunction in birds.

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Copyright © World's Poultry Science Association 2007

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