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Article published the December 1, 2023
In cage-free housing, multi-tiered aviary structures are often used (pictured above), where key resources (i.e., feed, water, nests, perches) are available on elevated platforms called tiers, and litter substrate is available on the ground floor for dustbathing and foraging. Hens move vertically and horizontally across the elevated structures to access resources, which requires the hens to have sk ...
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Article published the September 29, 2023
The first few days of life are some of the most important in chicks' lives. During this time, chicks start developing and set themselves up for the rest of their lifetime. The husbandry decisions made at this point can impact the birds' growth, development, health and welfare.This newsletter will focus on three important parts of giving chicks the best start:TemperatureFeedWater  &nbs ...
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Article published the September 8, 2023
Stocking density is a critical factor to consider for optimum welfare of commercial broilers    Stocking density is typically defined in terms of the number of birds per unit area or the amount of space provided on per bird basis. In commercial production, stocking density of a broiler flock is calculated based on target market weight by accounting for the number of chicks placed in ...
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News published on July 7, 2023
This award recognizes the achievements of PSA members in the early stages of their career in poultry extension. It is given every other year. Shawna Weimer University of Arkansas Originally from Iowa, Shawna Weimer received her BS and MS degrees in Animal Science from Iowa State University. After working in compliance and procurement in the commercial swine industry, Shawna completed her PhD ...
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Article published the June 2, 2023
The incubation environment is important for embryonic development and programs chick welfare. The focus of this newsletter is on the effects of the incubator environment on chicken egg incubation, but the same principles can apply to other poultry species. For more information on hatchery topics, see our previous newsletter.This newsletter will focus on the 4 most important incubation factors in t ...
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Article published the June 2, 2023
Tryptophan, Serotonin & MelatoninTryptophan (Trp) is an essential amino acid (AA), which is the building block of protein, therefore it cannot be synthesized by the body itself and must be obtained through food; it is important for many metabolic functions.Trp supplementation improves broiler performance through increased body weight gain, reduced feed intake and improved feed efficiency. As a ...
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Article published the June 1, 2023
Most people are very familiar with the severe consequences that heat stress can have on poultry (see our previous newsletter), but cold stress can have severe production and economic consequences as well, leading to reduced egg production, reduced survivability, suppressed development and death.Cold stress can affect poultry in any housing system and during lairage and transportation.    ...
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Article published the June 1, 2023
As a consumer of eggs, it's hard not to notice the spike in their prices.While we are still recovering from the increase in food costs due to the pandemic, eggs have become more expensive as well. The media has been abuzz with this issue.It's clear that rising food costs impact many people, with eggs being a staple in many households. Eggs are a complete source of essential amino acids (pr ...
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News published on April 24, 2023
The Poultry Extension Collaborative has finalized the program for the 3rd annual PEC symposium, which will be a virtual event. Theme: Breeder flock welfare. Date: May 16th, 2023. You can register for free here.
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Article published the April 4, 2023
Human-animal interaction is the mutual and dynamic relationship between a human and an animal where the animal perceives human interaction as degree of relatedness or distance and vice-versa. Human beings have domesticated poultry species for eggs and meat production. Domestication has favored tameness in animals, however, fearfulness as a trait still persists and domestic animals often perceive h ...
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