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Institution: Pennsylvania State University Principal Investigator: Erika Machtinger, PhD, CWB® Assistant Professor of Veterinary Entomology Pennsylvania State University Department of Entomology 4 Chemical Ecology Laboratory University Park, PA 16802 Control of house flies (Musca domestica) poses a significant challenge to poultry producers, especially those involved in managing...
Last month, premium poultry producer Bell & Evans announced its construction of a new $330 million Organic-Certified Chicken Harvesting Facility in Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania. Only three years ago, Bell & Evans opened its world’s first, $40 million, Organic Certified, Animal-Welfare-Focused...
Egg production on a small scale is one of the oldest animal farming enterprises in recorded history. A small investment may yield several years of income. In the United States, egg production followed these principles until early in the twentieth...
The Canadian egg industry is in the process of phasing out conventional hen housing in favour of alternative hen housing systems. These include enriched colony, free run and free range housing. It’s part of our industry’s efforts to plan...
Learn the best practices so you’re prepared before, during and after the transfer of broiler breeders.
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,...
  Many factors can influence egg quality and appearance. These factors will vary depending upon the housing environment, genetics, drugs, feed ingredients, or chemicals used in agriculture. As egg production methods become more varied—for example, changing from cage to free...
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has seen exponential growth since being established in 2005 and now has 44 volunteer-led teams across the country that have helped over 810,000 hens become family pets rather than face the chop. Best known...
In modern hatcheries, climate data are collected from various sensors installed in incubators and hatchery rooms, and from handheld measuring instruments. The performance of the sensors is crucial for continuous production of batches of first-class day-old chicks. Maintenance of sensors,...
Despite multiple challenges in 2020, Mississippi’s poultry industry retained its first-place position among the state’s agricultural commodities. It topped the list with an estimated total production value of $2.16 billion. That figure is down 16.1% from 2019. Final figures will...
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