Your correct their...would hate to have sheds of broilers now that were nearly ready to goThere's been a big uptake of 50 inch fans, misting systems, and evaporative cooling since Aug 2003, so the industry is better equipped to deal with extreme heat.
Still, better equipped or not, the temps forecast are terrifying.
Well done pleased to hearJust read this now. We thinned on the friday/Saturday before the heat came. We had all the covers off the fans internally and externally. The 6 big fans were going. The double doors and fire doors were open. And we had staff walking each shed every 15 minutes through the hottest 6 or 7 hours to make them get up and drink. The birds got very desensitised very quickly so people were singing, clapping, jumping and flapping to make them get up and move. It was actually pleasant in the shed becsuse the fans kept the air moving unlike outside. There was electrolytes in the water. The biggest problem was the cards in the control panel trying to melt because of the power draw running the fans. We had fans and staff with leaf blowers trying to keep them cool. It was a crazy couple of days but actually we lost no more than if it had been a normal couple of days. I do know another farm lost 800 birds the first day in 1 shed alone.