Bangladesh chickens need to keep their cool in heatwave, farmers told
DHAKA (AFP) May 17, 2004
Bangladesh's government has told farmers to install fans in poultry houses so their chickens can keep their cool during a heatwave sweeping the country, a report said Monday.

Farmers have also been told to sprinkle poultry with cold water and administer water laced with vitamin C, the official news agency BSS said.

Such steps were urgently needed to prevent chickens from dying in the heatwave, the government's directorate of livestock said after an emergency meeting.

The mercury soared Monday to 39 degrees Celsius (102.2 degrees Fahrenheit) with no immediate relief in sight, weather forecasters said.