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Effects of Light Stimulation During Incubation on Behaviour, Melatonin Levels and Productivity of Broilers
Results from the University of California-Davis indicate that 12 hours of light provided during incubation can have long-lasting effects on chick behaviour although the mechanism for this effect is unclear....
Incidence of Gastrocnemius Tendon Rupture in Broilers
More tendon ruptures were observed in broilers reared during cooler months in this US trial, which the researchers attributed to the use of a growth promoter resulting in heavier bodyweights....
Determination of Space Use by Laying Hens
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have assessed the amount of space a hen needs to carry out basic behaviour, including standing up, lying down, turning around and wing-flapping....
Wet Litter Not Only Induces Footpad Dermatitis But Also Reduces Welfare, Performance and Carcass Yield in Broilers
A Dutch study has shown that broilers kept on wet litter not only had more footpad dermatitis but they also had poorer performance and defects that caused welfare issues and more condemnations than other birds kept on normal, dry litter....
Utilisation of Light Egg-type Males: Proposal for the Sustainability of the Egg Industry
Researchers in Brazil have successfully reared male chicks of brown and white Leghorn layer lines, testing four levels of dietary energy for each line. Neither mortality nor cannibalism were observed in this study....
Different Sources of Dietary Zinc for Broilers Subjected to Immunological, Nutritional and Environmental Challenge
Research from Brazil reveals that zinc (from an organic or inorganic source) can be fed to broilers at less than 100ppm without affecting humoral immunity, zinc concentration in the carcass or bird performance. At the same level of zinc, the organic source...
Effects of Welfare-enhancing System Changes on Environmental Impacts of Broiler and Egg Production
Welfare-friendly changes in chicken systems can be achieved without a compromise in their environmental impacts, according to a team of UK-based researchers. They compared battery and colony cages for laying hens and for broilers, a standard and lower...
Vocalisation Study Provides Insight into the Well-being of Birds in Grow-out Houses
Sensors capable of reliably monitoring the well-being of birds reared in confined housing currently do not exist but researchers from Georgia Tech Research Institute are making progress on using the noises made by broilers to indicate health or welfare...
Disaster Relief: Care for Pets, Livestock, Poultry and Crops in a Radiological Emergency
Advice on what to do to care for farm animals, pets and crops in case of an escape of radioactivity or nuclear emergency from Dr Brigid Elchos, Agroterrorism Coordinator and State Public Health Veterinarian with Mississippi Board of Animal Health....
Impact of Broiler Production System Practices on Consumer Perceptions of Animal Welfare
A survey of Dutch university students offers an interesting insight into consumer perceptions of animal welfare regarding broiler production. There were differences as a result of gender and experience of farming but the attribute most highly ranked and...
USDA's Poultry Inspection Proposal: Separating Myth from Fact
The National Chicken Council offers the following fact sheet regarding USDA’s Proposed Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection Rule. ...
The Phenomenon of 'Silver Backing' in Free-range Hens
Brown-feathered hens in Australia have been observed to conduct pecking behaviour that removes the coloured part of the feather, leaving behind its white base, giving rise to a 'silver-back' appearance. Mingan Choct (University of New England) and Michael...
Effects of Perch Access and Age on Physiological Measures of Stress in Caged White Leghorn Pullets
Age affected neuroendocrine homeostasis - an indicator of stress - in White Leghorn pullets but this measure was unaffected by access to perches during the growing period, according to a recent experiment in the US. ...
Risk Factors Associated with Contact Dermatitis, Lameness, Emotional state and Fear of Humans in Broiler Flocks
An EU study reveals that three management factors - the length of the dark period at three weeks of age, litter quality and slaughter age - contribute to the welfare of broilers, as judged by the birds' behaviour and scores for footpad dermatitis, hock...
From Competitive Exclusion to Competitive Advantage
In the battle to manage bacterial enteric disease in broiler operations, producers in the UK have a range of options at their disposal, says MSD Animal Health in the UK. ...
 
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