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Factors Influencing Bird Heat Production in Tunnel-ventilated Broiler Houses
New research at the University of Georgia reveals trends in bird heat production and loss that can help broiler growers and integrators to minimise heat stress in their birds during hot weather....
Welfare and Performance in Layers Following Temporary Exclusion from the Litter Area on Introduction to Layer Facility
Temporary exclusion from the litter area on introducing pullets to the laying facility had no adverse impacts on the welfare of the birds and even improved some parameters of well-being, according to new Swedish research....
Effects of Four Different Doses of E. coli Phytase on Femur Properties of 16-week-old Turkeys
Dietary supplementation with a phytase enzyme improved the geometric, densitometric and mechanical properties of the femur leg bone in turkeys in this Polish experiment....
Risk Factors for Development of Vent Pecking and Cannibalism in Free-range and Organic Laying Hens
A new study from the University of Bristol confirms the link between severe feather pecking and vent pecking or cannibalism and identifies some management factors that appear to increase the likelihood of these undesirable behaviours....
New Chicks: What to Do Once They Arrive
Tips from a poultry expert with Purina Animal Nutrition for hobby flock owners on how to give their new chicks the best possible start in life....
Broiler Chicken Welfare Assessment in GLOBALGAP-certified and Non-certified Farms in Brazil
Broiler producers in Brazil are achieving good standards of welfare for their birds, regardless of whether they participate in an international certification scheme, according to a new study....
Georgia Tech Researchers Think Outside the Box
A review of progress made in nine exploratory research projects in the last year by researchers at Georgia Tech Research Institute in the US....
Effects of Transport Stress and Rest Before Slaughter on Blood Parameters and Meat Quality of Ducks
Transportation for two hours resulted in measurable stress in 42-day-old Pekin ducks in this Chinese study but these effects were mitigated by a two-hour rest period before slaughter....
Effects of Sawdust Thickness on the Performance, Environmental Condition and Welfare of Yellow Broilers
Increasing litter thickness was associated with improvements in the growth, air conditions and welfare of yellow broilers in this study from Yangzhou, China. ...
How Will New Inspection Rules Affect US Poultry Plants?
Controversial new rules from the USDA to change the system of poultry meat inspection in the US came into effect on 20 October 2014....
Bobwhite Quail Production 3
Advice on the production of bobwhite quail from Professor Peter A. Skewes of Clemson University and Professor Emeritus Henry R. Wilson of the University of Florida; Florida Cooperative Extension Service. This article offers information on feeding and...
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....
 
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