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Source: Cackle Hatchery Cannibalism appears in several forms. But they all start in the same basic way. One bird is attracted to peck another. That, in turn, attracts others to join in. Many different conditions can cause cannibalism in chickens. Cannibalism...
One of the things I like to highlight when talking about incubation is optimal hygiene in the hatchery. By hygiene, I mean all the conditions and practices that help to prevent the introduction and spread of disease. The warm,...
The goal of every broiler breeder grower is to produce a quality hatching egg that will produce a good-quality baby chick. This may sound simple in theory, but the reality is that it takes a great deal of time...
Importance of Layer Manure Drying A layer house with 100,000 hens produces 1,500 to 2,000 tons of manure every year. Fresh layer manure contains about 75% moisture that must be reduced prior to storage and land application. High moisture manure...
Broiler production welfare audits are an essential part of poultry operations. These welfare audits are to ensure the safe and humane treatment of animals, and in turn make sure the grower and consumer are benefiting from a good product. Auditors...
Water is the most important nutrient for the overall health and performance of commercial broilers. It plays an essential role in every aspect of metabolism and is critical to the regulation of the bird’s body temperature, food digestion, and...
Source: Cackle Hatchery Many things affect an egg’s shell color, texture, and strength. Among them are improper nutrition, environmental stress, age, and disease. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons why chickens lay eggs with abnormal shells. Poor Nutrition Improper...
A ribbon cutting took place May 9 at the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility along 520th Avenue south of Ames. Jim and Julie Balloun, son and daughter-in-law of Stanley L. Balloun, had the honor of cutting...
Source: PoultryHealthToday.com Higher exposure to Salmonella increases feed intake and reduces feed conversion in poultry production. Furthermore, the serotype Salmonella Reading (S. Reading) shows greater colonization than other common serotypes by the end of production, according to a new study from the University of Georgia. Researchers fed...
Ranging birds is a standard practice for many farms in the UK and around Europe. Although optimal for hen welfare and behaviour, outdoors comes with an increased risk of disease exposure. When faced with a threat of avian influenza...
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