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Breeding Resistant Chickens for Improved Food Safety
A recent test developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists in College Station, Texas, could make it easier to breed pathogen-resistant chickens....
Social Environment Matters for Duck Penis Size
Most birds lack genitalia, but male ducks are known for their long, spiraling penises, which have evolved through an ongoing cat-and-mouse game with females....
Modern Birds Have Expensive Tastes
While great strides have been made in improving commercial traits of layers and broilers, the difference between the cost of production and the returns realised still governs whether these traits are worth realising to the full. Prof Rob Gous, Emeritus...
How to Help Your Chickens Beat the Big Freeze
As winter weather swirls around the coop, keeping the flock hearty through the cold, dark days requires some extra effort. Chickens need support during this time of the year. Christine Heinrichs, backyard poultry keeper and author of How to Raise Chickens...
No More Culls? Male Layer Chicks Might Soon Be Spared Death Sentence
Male layer chicks form a huge welfare conundrum for the egg industry around the world, writes The Poultry Site's Editor Alice Mitchell....
Best Practice in the Breeder House: Transfer (Rear and Move)
Where rear and move facilities exist birds are transferred out of the rearing facilities and moved to the laying facilities before lay commences. This process must be managed carefully to avoid losses in body weight and flock uniformity, reduced breeder...
Broiler Growth Traits Can Still Improve Further
While it took 84 days to produce a 1.8 kg broiler from 3.25 kg of feed back in the 1950s, there are broilers today that achieve this body weight after just 28 days from 1.4 kg of feed. Dr Ron Meijerhof talked about the prospects for further improvements...
Best Practice in the Breeder House: Preventing Floor Eggs
Eggs laid on the floor (floor eggs) have a significantly higher risk of contamination and will reduce hatch and chick quality....
Why Keep Backyard Chickens?
If you don’t already have a small flock of chickens, you are reading this article because you want to. Christine Heinrichs discusses the history and popularity of keeping backyard birds....
Protecting Heritage Poultry: New Standard Breed Inspections
With increased interest in heritage breed poultry, the American Poultry Association is stepping up to promote standard breeds. Its new Flock Inspection Program will certify consumer chicken and other poultry with the APA’s imprimatur....
Can the Sonali Chicken Cross-Breed Improve the Poultry Industry in Bangladesh?
Bangladesh's poultry sector is rapidly expanding, providing a source of protein as well as employment in the country. But how do different breeds and production systems compare in terms of benefits to the producer? This study from the UN's Food and Agriculture...
Why Traditional Poultry Breeds?
Traditional pure breeds carry important, irreplaceable genes, the value of which remains for future events to determine. They are also beautiful, productive, will reproduce your flock and connect you to history, writes Christine Heinrichs....
Effects of Dietary Protein During Rearing and Energy During Lay on Broiler Breeder Females
New research from the Netherlands reveals that a low-protein diet during rearing of pullets brings benefits in terms of hatchability and egg production during lay. During the first phase of lay, feeding a standard energy diet gave the best performance...
Feed Ingredients: Consideration of Alternatives When Facing Increased Price Volatility
With the aim to reduce feed price volatility for broilers and breeders, Aviagen's Global Nutrition Team offers a useful review covering corn (maize), sorghum, oats, DDGS, corn gluten meal, corn gluten feed, rice bran, cassava, sweet potato, glycerin,...
Effects of Dietary Omega-3:Omega-6 Fatty Acid Ratios on Reproduction in Young Roosters
Polyunsaturated fatty acids enhanced the reproductive performance of young male breeders in this experiment from China....
 
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