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Why Broiler Growers Should Be Concerned about Paw Quality
Broiler growers may be looking at this paw (foot pad) situation all wrong, according to Tom Tabler (Extension Professor), Morgan Farnell (Associate Professor) and Jessica Wells (Extension Instructor, Poultry Science), all at Mississippi State University....
Backyard Chickens in the United States: Survey of Flock Owners
A survey of almost 1,500 owners of backyard poultry flocks in the US reveals information that may contribute to maintaining good biosecurity and improving the health and welfare of backyard flocks....
Killing of Spent Laying Hens Using Carbon Dioxide in Poultry Barns
Examining records from Swedish farms over a three-year period, researchers in Sweden found that overall, whole-house killing of spent hens using carbon dioxide gas was carried out correctly but they were able to identify some areas for potential errors....
Welfare Quality Parameters Do Not Always Reflect Hen Behaviour
Research at Michigan State University reveals that although the average response of a laying flock may appear consistent across time or treatment, there may be marked differences between hens within the same flock in terms of their welfare score and behaviour....
Protect Backyard Birds from Predators
Knowing your enemy is critical if you expect to win the war against predators and protect your backyard poultry flock, according to experts from several US universities writing in 'MSU Cares' from Mississippi State University Extension Service....
Drivers for Animal Welfare Policies in Africa
A new study from Lesotho calls for improved understanding of animal welfare in African countries or there could be deleterious effects in future on economic growth as well as national and international trade....
Introducing EuPoul: Smart Solution to Mass Euthanasia of Poultry
An egg farmer from New South Wales has developed a better way to euthanise his spent hens. This is his interview with Byron Stein, editor of The Drumstick Newsletter from New South Wales Department of Primary Industries....
Predictors of Death and Reduced Performance in Layer Chickens in Tropical Savannah Environment
Elevated mortality in layer chickens may be due to a hot and dry climate as well as disease, according to new research from Nigeria. Birds aged 19 to 38 weeks were most at risk....
Poultry Mortality Disposal: Methods Following Catastrophic Loss
Preparing for a crisis is important to lessen the stress and confusion that can accompany disaster recovery. Dr Casey W. Ritz of the University of Georgia's Department of Poultry Science explains the options for the disposal of dead and culled poultry....
Australian Researchers Examine Litter Management for Broilers
An update on research at Australia's Poultry CRC on litter quality in broiler houses and how it can impact bird welfare....
Effects of Electrical Stunning Methods on Broiler Meat Quality
No stunning or medium-voltage stunning conditions reduced meat water-holding capacity and decrease meat shear force when compared with either low- or high-voltage stunning, according to new research from Nanjing, China....
Links Between Locomotion, Litter Conditions and Bodyweight and Footpad Dermatitis in Turkeys
Footpad dermatitis and gait score were found to be related to bodyweight at market age by researchers at North Carolina State University following a survey of more than 40 commercial turkey flocks. They also found that litter condition was a major factor...
Effect of Humic and Butyric Acid on Performance and Mortality in Broilers
During periods of high temperatures particularly, broilers fed a mixture of humic acid (MFG) and protected butyric acid demonstrated better growth and feed efficiency as well as lower mortality than others receiving no feed additives, according to new...
Proposed Changes to National Organic Program Will Have Limited Economic Effects
The estimated benefits associated with the proposed changes in organic broiler production in the US are likely to cover the additional costs, North Carolina State University researchers have calculated....
Breeder Feeding Restriction Programme and Incubation Temperatures Affect Progeny Footpad Development
Research at North Carolina State University reveals that broiler breeder feeding programme and incubator temperature profile impact the structure of the footpad....
 
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