Temperature - high ambient

Summary Information

Classification Physical / Climate, Atmosphere, Radiation & Electricity / Type:

(This physical factors section is currently used in Wildpro predominantly to link different data types and demonstrate inter-relationships. It does not contain detailed information on the physical factor itself.)

Synonyms --
  • Homoeothermic animals maintain body temperature within their normal range while exposed to high ambient temperatures by a variety of behavioural and physiological responses designed to reduce heat absorption and/or increase heat loss.
  • In waterfowl, a major part of thermoregulation in hot conditions involves behavioural responses such as moving into shade and swimming.
  • Hyperthermia is more likely to be seen in waterfowl which lack access to water, shade or both.
  • Downy waterfowl being hand-reared in small runs are recognized as being particularly prone to overheating in sunny conditions.
  • Waterfowl being warmed as a treatment for hypothermia may also become overheated if not properly monitored.
  • Maintaining downies in warm brooder boxes throughout the rearing period may increase the risk of the development of Angel wing, as less energy is required for keeping warm so more may be used for growth, which may be too rapid.
  • High ambient temperature is well recognized as a risk factor for the development of capture myopathy
  • High ambient temperature is also recognized as a general stressor which may increase susceptibility to disease.
Directly associated diseases entered into Wildpro
  • Angel Wing (Slipped wing, Flip wing, Dropped wing, Carpal deformity, Carpometacarpal deformity, Valgus carpal deformity, Heeled-over wing, Rotating wing, Tilt wing, Sword wing, Spear wing, Straw wing, Reversed wing, Aeroplane wing, Drooped wing, Dropped wing, Crooked wing)
  • Capture Myopathy (Exertional Myopathy, Stress Myopathy, Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Overstraining Disease, Polymyopathy, White Muscle Disease, Transport Myopathy, Spastic Paresis, Muscle Necrosis, Leg Paralysis, Muscular Dystrophy, Degenerative Myopathy, Idiopathic Muscle Necrosis, White Muscle Stress Syndrome)
  • Congenital Abnormalities (Congenital malformation)
  • Dehydration
  • Sunstroke / Heatstroke

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