International Journal of Poultry Science. International Journal of Poultry Science is a leading international refereed journal dedicated to publish cutting edge research on all aspects of poultry science. Scope of the journal includes: Anatomy, breeding, genetics, production, management, environment, health, behavior, welfare, immunology, molecular biology, metabolism, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, processing and products.
With antibiotic resistance becoming a major concern across the world, farmers will become increasingly dependant on biosecurity and disinfection to prevent diseases. Unfortunately, there are a few misconceptions about disinfection that could weaken this line of defence. Glenneis Kriel reports for ThePoultrySite.
A parasite is an organism that lives in or on another organism referred to as the host and gains an advantage at the expense of that organism. Usually, low levels of infestation do not cause a problem and can be left untreated. Clinical signs of a parasite infestation include unthriftiness, poor growth and feed conversion, decreased egg production, and, in severe cases, death. Also, parasites can make a flock more susceptible to diseases or worsen a current disease condition.
Backyard or free-range poultry are not fuelling the current wave of bird flu outbreaks stalking large parts of the world. The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu is essentially a problem of industrial poultry practices. Its epicentre is the factory farms of China and Southeast Asia and -- while wild birds can carry the disease, at least for short distances -- its main vector is the highly self-regulated transnational poultry industry, which sends the products and waste of its farms around the world through a multitude of channels.
Rural poultry farming using native breeds is being practised in many developing and underdeveloped countries throughout the world. Importance of native birds for rural economy is immense in different countries. Though these birds are being used for rural backyard poultry production, their genetic potential has not been fully exploited.
Welfare problems are commonly found in both conventional and organic production of broiler chickens. In order to reduce the extent of welfare problems, it has been suggested to provide stimulating, enriched environments. The aim of the present paper is to provide a review of the effect on behavior and welfare of the different kinds of environmental enrichments in the production of broilers that have been described in the scientific literature.
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Effects of labor motivation in poultry production. Broiler production is a significant economic activity in Brazil, and employs a large number of stockpeople in the integration process. The study methodology considered two aspects: qualitative analysis, using Ergonomic Work Analysis, with observational method, and by applying a questionnaire and interview, and classification of the answers into positive relationship and "affection" to the job or negative relationship and "disaffection" to the job; and quantitative analysis, applying the Test of Hypothesis for Comparison of Means both for total flock mortality and Weight Equivalent Index data.
Chickens were in tiny cages with tin roofs in the beating sun, panting like mad. The cages were located over manure piles the birds were supposed to eat larvae from. Rabbits were kept in factory-farm conditions in suspended, barren wire cages. There was no sign of freedom or compassion for these animals.