By CNBC and Reuters | April 28, 2018 12:24:33AM EDTLEXINGTON, Ky.
— If you thought your chickens were getting the most sunshine of any bird in the United States, you’re wrong.
The birds in Kentucky have to be indoors at least nine hours a day to keep their bodies healthy and to avoid sunburns, according to a new study from the National Wildlife Health Center.
The study analyzed data from more than 2,500 chickens in the state, as well as data from about 1,000 backyard chickens.
The chickens were housed at three different facilities: a feedlot near Lexington, a feed store in Lexington and a farm-to-market chicken farm in Lexington.
All three of those facilities had indoor feedlots and feedstores in the past year.
The Lexington facility used the same feedlot as the feedlot at the feed store.
The feed store used to be a chicken farm but it now is a feed factory, according the study.
In all three of the facilities, outdoor air temperatures were in the 70s and 80s in spring and summer and the average temperatures ranged from 90 degrees in the winter to 70 degrees in summer.
In spring, indoor air temperature was in the 90s, and in summer, it was in between 90 and 94 degrees.
The most extreme temperature was the spring.
In February, the average indoor air temp was 88 degrees, according data from the USDA.
In March, the indoor air was just 77 degrees, and April was inbetween 75 and 77 degrees.
But the USDA reported the average temperature in Kentucky’s feedlot facilities was 68 degrees in February and April.
In the feedlott facility, the temperature was 73 degrees in March and April and 70 degrees overall in May.
In addition, there were reports that chickens were being housed indoors in feedlotta facilities and at feedstores.
But the USDA said that there were no reported instances of illness.
So the researchers asked: How often do chickens in Kentucky get enough sunshine?
In a paper published Monday in the journal PLOS One, they found that the answer was “not at all.”
They found that indoor temperatures were higher in feedlot facilities in March, April and May than in feed stores in Kentucky, and at the other facilities, temperatures were lower than in the feed stores.
In other words, the chickens were living in a state of relative warmth and they were exposed to lower indoor air temperatures.
The researchers used a simple mathematical formula to estimate the outdoor temperature that chickens should be exposed to in order to get a meaningful temperature reading.
In a nutshell, they calculated the average annual outdoor temperature in a given month and multiplied it by the average number of days in that month.
They then took that average temperature and multiplied that number by the number of chickens in a feedlota in order for the indoor temperature to fall between the mean and the range.
They found there was no statistically significant difference between the indoor temperatures of feedlotos and feed stores, which were based on data from Kentucky’s poultry farms.
What about the USDA data?
The USDA said the indoor-only data they collect is based on a combination of USDA surveys, state data, and industry-provided data.
The USDA says the data they report is consistent with what other organizations have found.
But, in the lead-up to the 2017 USDA-National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey, the USDA did not release any data that indicated indoor- and outdoor-only temperatures were the same, according a statement by the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.
The USDA also said that the data does not take into account any other factors that might affect chicken health.
So it’s not possible to conclude that chickens can live in a climate in which they can live the way that they do because that’s not what they’re told in the industry, said Julie Krawczyk, a USDA spokeswoman.
Krawczyk said that for the past 10 years, the National Agricultural Statistics service has published a national survey on the health of U.S. poultry producers.
The survey covers about 500 poultry farms, and it provides information on temperature, soil, water and soil conditions, manure, disease and disease transmission.
It’s not unusual for the USDA to release such data in the spring or summer months, she said.
But Krawcyk said the USDA had not released any data from feedloto facilities in the last 10 years.
In general, the number and types of conditions chickens are exposed to are very similar to what other species are exposed and it’s just that they’re living in an environment where they are exposed the way we do, she added.
If you’re looking for ways to make your chickens more healthy, the researchers recommend following the USDA guidelines.
They recommend limiting your outdoor activities and keeping chickens indoors until temperatures fall into the ranges that are normal for the time of year.
But you should also avoid any outdoor activities that might cause stress on your birds