Welfare problems of laying hens in Europe

Reviewing the state of knowledge on the most important welfare issues in layers housing: stocking density and group size, use of perches, litter, nests and free range.

Nutrient loading on free-range layer farming

A considerable proportion of the dietary nutrients consumed by poultry are excreted in the manure. This becomes an important issue on free-range farms, if...

Breeding for robustness in turkeys

Turkey breeders have invested in selection methodologies to ensure the commercial cross is capable of delivering outstanding performance with good welfare under a variety...

Managing commercial layers for a single lay cycle

The rearing phase of a laying hen’s life is essential to achieve the maximum genetic potential. Uniform pullets meeting target body weights will have the frame and bone structure necessary to produce large numbers of high quality eggs.

Understanding poultry lighting

A short guide to poultry lighting for layer farmers

Options for cooling turkeys in hot weather

Hot weather can have a negative impact on turkey performance. When turkeys are exposed to very high temperatures, especially for prolong periods of time,...

Improving energy costs and air quality in poultry farms

Efficient heating allows farmers to bring more fresh air into the barn and maintain a better air quality with lower ammonia and moisture levels, which will greatly benefit birds’ health and food quality.

Optimizing water quality for organic bird production

Taking water quality seriously could pay dividends with healthier birds, better feed conversions and reduced production costs.

Feather pecking in layers – state of research and implications

Feather pecking and cannibalism are considered the most important problems in egg producing flocks. Despite extensive research during the last five decades the causes of these damaging behaviours have not been identified and the problem still persist.

Controlling litter moisture during cold weather

What does it take to control litter moisture during cold weather? Quite simply it requires three things: fresh air, heat, and air movement. Fresh...

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