Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrate dietary supplements that selectively stimulate the growth of one or more beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract of the host. These bacteria can inhibit colonization of pathogenic bacteria by producing antimicrobial substances such as short chain fatty acids SCFAs and competing for niches with pathogens within the gut. Pasture flock chickens are generally raised outdoors with fresh grass, sunlight and air, which represents different environmental growth conditions compared to conventionally raised chickens.
In Meat Wagon, we round up the latest outrages from the meat and livestock industries. The U. But when you dig beneath the marketing jargon and the coupon fliers, you start to see that all that cheap bird flesh has a much heftier price tag than meets the naked eye.
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.
DOI: The Transylvanian hens produced fewer eggs during wintertime than the other groups. The egg-producing pattern of hens hatched in spring showed similarity with two main hills in most of the breeds. Also, the native, traditional chicken breeds are accepted as potential materials that may clue family farming to genetic conservation programmes.
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.
The survey included both questionnaire survey and a participatory group discussion. A total of households 45 households from each of five Woredas were interviewed. The results showed that production of eggs for consumption is the principal function of chickens in most regions followed by the use as source of income and meat for home consumption.
High ambient temperature is a major factor for diminishing reproductive performance of broiler parent stocks. Homozygous naked neck NaNa broilers, which possess a higher adaptation to heat due to a reduction of feather coverage, exhibited higher growth rates and meat yield. This study was conducted to investigate the influence of genotype x temperature interactions on the reproduction traits of heavy broiler dams caused by different feathering genotypes induced by naked neck gene Na.
Our goal is to produce the finest chicken in the world, and we have searched the world to meet that goal. Our search took us to Europe where they have been cultivating slow-growing heritage breeds for generations. We discovered a breed of chicken that we believe offers superior taste and texture, and we decided to bring it home so we can offer culinary treasures that are very rare on our shores.
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.
Behold, the featherless chicken, a bizarre and terrifying breed of chicken created by researchers, led by Avigdor Cahaner at the genetics faculty of the Rehovot Agronomy Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel. Also known as the naked chicken, the purpose behind this man-made monstrosity was to create a chicken that is cheaper and more convenient and efficient compared to the typical, everyday chicken we all know and love. Interestingly, this strange breed is not genetically modified, but is the result of a year effort, using natural breeding methods. Not surprisingly, there are many people objecting the use of this breed, reasoning that featherless chickens suffer more than normal ones already do.