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Article published the May 2, 2024
IntroductionLocomotory activity is strongly associated with broiler chicken welfare; many behavioral patterns that depend on locomotion, such as exploration, seeking food, water, shelter, and escaping predators, are negatively affected by the poor walking ability in fast-growing broiler chickens [1]. Rapid muscle growth and exacerbated development of the Pectoralis major muscle in fast-growing bro ...
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Video published on April 23, 2024
Dr. Leonie Jacobs (Virginia Tech / Poultry Extension Collaborative) talks about PEC goals, publications, and initiatives (including courses and an upcoming symposium) during this Engormix interview.
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Video published on April 23, 2024
Dr. Leonie Jacobs (Virginia Tech / Poultry Extension Collaborative) offers insights on poultry welfare and its potential for the future of production systems -and the industry as a whole-, during this Engormix interview.
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Video published on April 23, 2024
Dr. Leonie Jacobs (Virginia Tech / Poultry Extension Collaborative) explains how poultry welfare has gained relevance and created awareness in the industry, and comments on some interesting projects, during this Engormix interview.
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Article published the April 10, 2024
Light and dark cycles within a 24-hour period play a crucial role in maintaining physiological and behavioral rhythms in animals.In birds, daily rhythms associated with feed intake, physical activity, sleep-wake cycles, and physiological rhythms are influenced by photoperiod. The ancestors of domestic chickens, the Red Junglefowl, are diurnal animals with activity during the light period and inact ...
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Article published the April 9, 2024
IntroductionThe United States (US) has three main broiler chicken production systems which mandate that birds have outdoor access. The first is certified organic production overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which requires that birds have access to the outdoors, with shade, shelter, exercise areas, fresh air, direct sunlight, and protection from predators year-round [1 ...
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Article published the December 1, 2023
Bio-security is the cheapest, most effective means of disease prevention and control available.  Proper bio-security will help to ensure the overall health and welfare of your flock.What is “Bio-security”?Simply put it is protecting your birds from disease by minimizing their exposure to vectors or fomites.What is a vector or a fomite?A vector is something living and a fomite is s ...
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Article published the September 29, 2023
Spondylolisthesis, often called ‘kinky back’, is a deformity that affects broiler chickens’ spines. The deformity occurs in the fifth and/or sixth vertebrae (T6) and leads to spinal cord compression making it hard for birds to walk, and in severe cases it can cause paralysis. Chickens are lame and will sit with extended feet, show an imbalance, and fall on their side when attempt ...
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Article published the September 8, 2023
    In the United States, consumers have a lot of choice when it comes to food products. Various claims and labels on the products provide consumers with information about how the animals were raised and treated during production. However, the information on animal products can sometimes be confusing. This article explains some of the common labels and claims found on animal product ...
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