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1. The tolerance of chickens to acute heat stress, evaluated by the time required to reach the critical body temperature (Tr) of 44.5 degrees C, was markedly enhanced as the period of fasting was extended. 2. Fasting reduced the rates of heat-induced changes in blood acid-base and electrolyte status. 3. Changes in Tr were correlated with changes in blood(More)
Experiments were designed to test the hypothesis that chicks that drank an electrolyte solution containing K prior to and during an acute exposure to heat would have greater thermotolerance than chicks that consumed only water. In three experiments, 5- or 7-wk-old male chickens drank distilled water (control), or .3, .6, or .9% KCl solutions (Experiments 1(More)
The tolerance of chickens to acute heat stress may be modified by diet. Broiler chickens fed calcium-adequate (0.90% Ca) or -deficient (0.45% or 0.15% Ca) diets were either fed or not fed for 24 h and exposed to increasing temperatures (from 24 to 41 degrees C). Diets were fed for 7 d before heat stress in Experiment 1 and for 14 d before heat stress in(More)
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