Category Archives: Poultry

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Beak treatments in young pullets

Category : Poultry

It’s long been standard industry practice to remove the tip of a bird’s beak in an effort to minimize the severity of cannibalism in poultry flocks. For at least the last decade, many Canadian hatcheries have been primarily using infrared beak treatment. While research has been conducted on the impacts of adult hens, there has been little focus on how it affects young pullets.

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Wild turkeys not harbouring Avian Influenza

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University of Guelph researchers have shown that wild turkeys, reintroduced in Ontario in the 1980s, are not harbouring Avian Influenza and other poultry diseases. Wild fowl populations are often feared to be carriers of diseases that can be transferred to their domestic cousins.

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Eggs from small flocks no safer than those from large commercial flocks

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Research from Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences has shown that eggs from small backyard laying hen flocks are just as likely to be contaminated with salmonella enteritidis as eggs sold in grocery stores that generally come from larger flocks. Those results run counter to conventional consumer wisdom, which has always held that eggs from backyard poultry and small local farms are safer than “commercially produced” eggs.

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New uses for spent laying hens

Category : Poultry

 

A group of German organic egg farmers, two regional poultry processors, researchers from the University of Kassel, and industry representatives are working together to develop innovative new uses for spent organic laying hens. This involves development of quality ready to eat chicken-based meals and sauces that could create new value for farmers for spent layers – an initial range of products is now being sold in several pilot shop locations in Germany.

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