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Author. Place of publication: Publisher. Journal Title. Date. Volume (Issue). Pages. (NAL Call Number).
1 NAL Call No.: DNAL 389.8.SCH6
Morrison, S.B. Denver, Colo.: American School Food Service Association. School foodservice journal. Sept 1987. v. 41 (8). p.48-50. ill.
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1 NAL Call No.: DNAL RM218.K36 1987
Exploring careers in dietetics and nutrition.
Kane, June Kozak. New York: Rosen Pub. Group, 1987.
Includes index. xii, 133 p.: ill.; 22 cm. Bibliography: p. 126.
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1 NAL Call No.: DNAL FNCTX364.A425 F&N AV
All aboard the nutri-train.
Mayo, Cynthia. Richmond, Va.: Richmond Public Schools,
1981. NET funded. Activity packet prepared by Cynthia Mayo. 1 videocassette (30 min.): sd., col.; 3/4 in. + activity packet.Housing, Husbandry, and Welfare of Poultry January 1991 - January 1994
1. (HEN OR HENS OR FOWL OR POULTRY OR CHICK? OR COCK? OR ROOSTER? OR
FRYER? OR BROILER? OR GALLIFORM? OR TURKEY? OR DUCK? OR GOOSE OR GANDER
OR GEESE OR DRAKE?)/TI,DE
2. HOUS? OR FACILIT? OR CAGE? OR COOP OR PERCH? OR CONFINE? OR PEN OR PENS
3. WELFARE OR WELL(N)BEING OR WELLBEING OR HUMANE OR HANDL? OR CARE OR
STRESS? OR HUSBANDRY
4. S1 AND S2 AND PY=1991:1994
5. S1 AND S3 AND PY=1991:1994
6. S4 OR S5
7. S6 AND LA=ENGLISH
8. RD S7
Housing, Husbandry, and Welfare of Poultry
1 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Acute toxicity of boric acid and boron tissue residues after chronic exposure in broiler chickens.
Sander, J.E.; Dufour, L.; Wyatt, R.D.; Bush, P.B.; Page, R.K. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Oct. Avian diseases v. 35 (4): p. 745-749; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Broilers; Boric acid; Boron; Toxicity; Insecticide
residues; Animal tissues; Symptoms; Oral administration; Litter; Feeds; Lethal
Abstract: The acute oral mean lethal dose of boric acid in 1-day-old chickens
was found to be 2.95 +/- 0.35 g/kg of body weight, which classifies this
product as only slightly toxic to chickens. One-day-old broiler chicks were
housed in floor pens in which litter had been treated with 0, 0.9, 3.6, or 7.2
kg of boric acid per 9.9 m2 of floor space. Boron residue levels in brain,
kidney, liver, and white muscle were not statistically elevated following a
15-day exposure period. Boron residue levels in the same types of tissue were
not significantly elevated in chicks fed 500 ppm or 1250 ppm boric acid in
feed ad libitum for 3 weeks; however, residues were significantly higher in
chicks fed 2500 ppm or 5000 ppm boric acid. These data indicate that broilers
grown on boric acid-treated litter do not consume enough boric acid to cause
elevated boron levels in tissues.
2 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Age-related changes in egg production, fertility, embryonic mortality, and hatchability in commercial turkey flocks.
Lerner, S.P.; French, N.; Mcintyre, D.; Baxter-Jones, C. Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jun. Poultry science v. 72 (6): p. 1025-1039; 1993 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Turkey egg production; Laying performance; Turkey egg
hatchability; Egg quality; Embryo mortality; Egg clutches; Rhinotracheitis;
Incubation; Weight losses
Abstract: Factors affecting production of Large White turkey hens were
examined. Six flocks (n = 136 to 149 hens per flock) were housed at commercial
facilities in the United States and two flocks (n = 40 hens per flock) were
housed at commercial facilities in the United Kingdom (UK). Effects of
time-in-lay on egg production and duration of clutches and pauses were
determined using all flocks. Also, effects of time-in-lay, molt, and
characteristics of individual eggs (size, sequence position, grade, and
incubational weight loss) on fertility, hatchability, and embryonic mortality
were determined using the UK flocks. Each flock showed a distinctive pattern
of production; it increased initially to a peak and decreased thereafter.
Average duration of clutches and of pauses were correlated positively and
negatively, respectively, with hen-day egg production. As production declined
toward the latter half of lay, a greater proportion of short clutches and,
therefore, of first-of-clutch eggs were laid. During the course of the first
cycle of lay, eggs became larger and a greater proportion were of low grade.
Fertility and hatchability increased initially then decreased. Effects of
time-in-lay differed after a forced molt. Egg size changed only slightly with
time in the second cycle, and fertility and hatchability were greater in the
second cycle than in the first cycle. In both cycles, sequence position
affected grade (first-of-sequence eggs were of lower grade compared with eggs
laid subsequently), and grade influenced percentage weight loss, fertility,
hatchability, and embryonic mortality. The results of this study support
selection of hens based on duration of clutches. In addition, the single most
significant preincubational variable for predicting hatchability was grade of
3 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Air contaminant distributions in a commercial laying house. Maghirang, R.G.; Manbeck, H.B.; Roush, W.B.; Muir, F.V. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Sep. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (5): p. 2171-2180; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pennsylvania; Poultry housing; Air pollution; Air quality; Air
temperature; Ammonia; Carbon dioxide; Contaminants; Dust; Lighting; Spatial
Abstract: Total particle counts (TPC), carbon dioxide (CO2) levels, ammonia
(NH3) levels, and room air temperature were monitored in a commercial cage
laying house in Pennsylvania. The inlet and the exhaust were monitored for
24-h periods once a week from July 1989 to February 1990 while six other
sampling locations in the house were monitored for 24-h periods once each six
weeks. At each sampling location, air contaminant levels were measured at the
alley and at each of the four cage decks. Results showed that more than 99%
and 97% of total particles were smaller than 10.0 and 5.0 micromole in
diameter, respectively. TPC, CO2 levels, NH3 levels, and air temperature
exhibited day-to-day variations but bird age effect was not significant. Mean
daily TPC, CO2 levels, NH3 levels, and temperature ranged from 18 to 103
particles/mL, 553 to 4424 ppm, 9 to 54 ppm, and 17 degrees to 30 degrees C,
respectively. Overall air quality was observed to be poorer at locations most
distant from the exhaust fans. There were significant differences among
locations in NH3 levels and temperature but there were no significant
differences in TPCs and CO2 levels. Ventilation rate appeared to be the most
important factor influencing indoor air quality. Mean TPCs were significantly
higher while mean CO2 and NH3 levels were significantly lower in hot weather
than in cold weather. CO2 levels and NH3 levels were highly correlated but
there was little correlation between TPCs and the levels of CO2, NH3, or air
4 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Air hygiene in a pullet house: effects of air filtration on aerial pollutants measured in vivo and in vitro.
Wathes, C.M.; Johnson, H.E.; Carpenter, G.A.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Mar.
British poultry science v. 32 (1): p. 31-46; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pullets; Chicken housing; Air pollution; Air filters; Hygiene;
Airborne infection; Fungi; Bacteria; Lungs; Sampling
5 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Algorithms for microcomputer control of the environment of a production broiler house.
Allison, J.M.; White, J.M.; Worley, J.W.; Kay, F.W.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jan. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (1): p. 313-320; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Environmental control; Algorithms; Computer software; Mathematical models; Relative humidity; Temperature
Abstract: A microcomputer-based system to control the environment of a
commercial broiler house was developed and tested. The system was installed in
an existing, totally enclosed, commercial production broiler house.
Environmental control was provided by a microcomputer for the 51 day grow-out
period. This article describes the algorithms used to control the environment.
The environmental conditions produced are compared to those in an adjacent
house with conventional controls.
6 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Alleviation of acute heat stress by food withdrawal or darkness. Francis, C.A.; Macleod, M.G.; Anderson, J.E.M.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Mar.
British poultry science v. 32 (1): p. 219-225; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Light regime; Dark; Fasting; Dietary protein; Body temperature; Feed intake; Heat production
7 NAL Call. No.: HV4761.A5
Alternative systems for laying hens FAWC majority and minority reports. Harrison, R.
Washington, D.C. : The Institute; 1992.
The Animal Welfare Institute quarterly v. 41 (2): p. 14; 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Animal welfare; Chicken housing
8 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AU72
Analgesic therapy of beak-trimmed chickens.
Glatz, P.C.; Murphy, L.B.; Preston, A.P.
Brunswick, Victoria : Australian Veterinary Association; 1992 Jan. Australian veterinary journal v. 69 (1): p. 18; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Debeaking; Analgesics; Animal welfare; Feed intake
9 NAL Call. No.: KF27.A33277 1990f
Animal research facilities protection joint hearing before the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture and the Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry of the Committee on Agriculture, House of Representatives, One Hundred First Congress, second session, February 28, 1990.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture. Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture; United States, Congress, House, Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry
Washington [D.C.] : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., Congressional Sales Office, U.S. G.P.O.,; 1991; Y 4.Ag 8/1:101-52. iv, 176 p. : ill. ; 24 cm. Distributed to some depository libraries in microfiche. Serial no. 101-52.
Descriptors: Criminal procedure; Laboratories; Animal welfare; Laboratory
10 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Anticoccidial efficacy and chicken toleration of potent new polyether ionophores. 2. The portmicin relative CP-84,657.
Ricketts, A.P.; Dirlam, J.P.; Shively, J.E.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct.
Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1631-1636; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Eimeria; Coccidiostats; Coccidiosis; Ionophores; Lesions; Liveweight gain; Dosage effects; Feed conversion
Abstract: The current study investigated the anticoccidial activity of the ionophore CP-84,657 against laboratory strains of the five major pathogenic species of Eimeria that infect poultry. Based on lesion scores and weight gain, the ionophore CP-84,657 achieved broad-spectrum anticoccidial efficacy in battery trials at doses of 4 and 5 ppm that was equivalent to reference commercial ionophores. In uninfected chickens, 4 ppm of CP-84,657 was the highest dose that gave growth rate and feed efficiency equivalent to commercial agents over 21 days in batteries and 49 days in floor pens. Ionophore CP-84,657 is an efficacious, well-tolerated anticoccidial in chickens, with potency comparable to that of the most potent known ionophores.
11 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Anticoccidial efficacy and chicken toleration of potent new polyether lonophores. 1. The septamycin relative CP-82,009.
Ricketts, A.P.; Dirlam, J.P.; Shively, J.E.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct.
Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1626-1630; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Coccidiosis; Coccidiostats; Ionophores; Eimeria; Liveweight gain; Feed conversion; Dosage effects; Lesions
Abstract: The anticoccidial activity of the ionophore CP-82,009 against
laboratory isolates of four major species of poultry Eimeria was investigated.
Parameters of anticoccidial efficacy that were evaluated were control of
lesions and weight suppression. At 4 and 5 ppm, CP-82,009 demonstrated
broad-spectrum anticoccidial efficacy in battery trials that was equivalent to
reference commercial ionophores. When CP-82,009 was fed to uninfected broiler
chickens at efficacious dose levels, growth rate and feed efficiency were
found to be equivalent to commercial agents over a 21-day period in batteries
and over a 49-day period in floor pens. From the present studies, it appears
that CP-82,009 is an efficacious anticoccidial that is well tolerated by
chickens, and that it ranks among the most potent anticoccidial ionophores
described to date.
12 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Applications of behavior to poultry management.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Apr.
Poultry science v. 71 (4): p. 634-642; 1992 Apr. Paper contributed to the Symposium on Quantifying the Behavior of Poultry. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Social dominance; Territoriality; Agonistic behavior;
Debeaking; Sexual behavior; Feeding behavior; Broodiness; Turkeys; Poultry
housing; Animal welfare; Literature reviews
Abstract: The application of poultry behavior to management is discussed with examples of behavior-management interactions relating to commercial poultry husbandry practices. Behaviors that are important for the adaptation of poultry to husbandry include social behavior, aggression, sexual behavior, feeding, broodiness, cannibalism, nest site selection, and comfort behaviors.
13 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Artificial lighting in poultry houses: are photometric units appropriate for describing illumination intensities?.
Nuboer, J.F.W.; Coemans, M.A.J.M.; Vos, J.J.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Mar.
British poultry science v. 33 (1): p. 135-140; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Light intensity; Spectral data
14 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Artificial lighting in poultry houses: do hens perceive the modulation of fluorescent lamps as flicker?.
Nuboer, J.F.W.; Coemans, M.A.J.M.; Vos, J.J.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Mar.
British poultry science v. 33 (1): p. 123-133; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Fluorescent lamps; Vision
15 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Attenuation of the domestic chick's fear of human beings via regular handling: in search of a sensitive period.
Jones, R.B.; Waddington, D.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1993 Apr.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (2/3): p. 185-195; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Fearfulness; Man
16 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Barley inclusion and avoparcin supplementation in broiler diets. 2. Clinical, pathological, and bacteriological findings in a mild form of necrotic enteritis.
Kaldhusdal, M.; Hofshagen, M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jul.
Poultry science v. 71 (7): p. 1145-1153; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Clostridium perfringens; Coliform bacteria; Intestinal
mucosa; Lesions; Small intestine; Bacterial count; Enteritis; Avoparcin;
Abstract: The clinical, pathological, and bacteriological findings of a mild
form of necrotic enteritis (NE) in broiler chickens are presented. The term
subclinical NE (SNE) is proposed for this condition. A diagnosis of SNE was
based on the detection of macroscopically visible, focal necrotic lesions in
the small intestinal mucosa. The ileal gut contents from SNE birds yielded
increased numbers of Clostridium perfringens and reduced numbers of coliform
bacteria. Reduced numbers of lactobacilli and streptococci were detected in
birds from SNE pens and coccidial oocysts were not found in the rectal
contents of SNE birds. Statistical analyses showed strong correlations between
SNE and increased feed conversion ratio and retarded growth rate. An increased
occurrence of SNE was observed in birds on a diet containing a large amount of
17 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Beak trimming and sex effects on behavior and performance traits of Large White turkeys.
Cunningham, D.L.; Buhr, R.J.; Mamputu, M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct.
Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1606-1614; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Debeaking; Sex differences; Feeding behavior; Feed
intake; Feed conversion; Body weight; Social behavior
Abstract: The effects of beak trimming at day old on performance and behavioral activities of male and female Large White turkeys were evaluated. One hundred and twenty poults of each sex were evenly assigned to 20 treatment pens and evaluated for body weight, feed usage, and livability characteristics to 18 wk of age. Behavioral observations were conducted for feeding, drinking, sleeping, huddling, resting, and agonistic activities. Beak trimming affected body weight and feed usage levels for the sexes differently. From 6 wk, trimmed males were significantly heavier than untrimmed males, whereas untrimmed females were heavier than trimmed females from 12 wk. Similar to body weights, feed usage levels from 13 to 18 wk were higher for trimmed males compared with untrimmed males and lower for trimmed females compared with untrimmed females. Feed conversion ratios after 12 wk and survival to 18 wk were not affected by trimming treatment. Livability rates, however, were lowest for untrimmed males and highest for untrimmed females. Effects on behavioral activities were confined primarily to the brooding and early rearing phases. Beak trimming reduced feeding activity of females and drinking activity of both males and females during the first 2 wk. Sleeping, huddling, and resting activities were increased by beak trimming for both sexes during brooding, Agonistic acts were reduced by beak trimming main effect at 3 and 6 wk. Trimmed males committed fewer agonistic acts at 6 wk than untrimmed males.
18 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Beak trimming effects on behavior patterns, fearfulness, feathering, and mortality, among three stocks of white Leghorn pullets in cages or floor pens. Lee, H.Y.; Craig, J.V.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 211-221; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pullets; Aggressive behavior; Battery cages; Debeaking; Beak;
Strain differences; Body weight; Liveweight gain; Fearfulness; Poultry
housing; Mortality; Feeding behavior
Abstract: White Leghorn pullets of the Y1, Y2, and North Central Randombred (NCR) experimental stocks were used. Half of the birds of each stock had half of the upper and less of the lower mandible removed at 4 wk of age by making a V-shaped cut as viewed from the side (BT), whereas the other half retained their beaks intact (IN). Pullets were moved from growing pens to a layer house at 18 wk of age. Seventy-two cages and 30 floor pens were filled with 6 and 20 birds per unit, respectively. Pullets within a cage or floor pen were all of the same genetic stock and beak treatment. All measurements were performed within 10 wk after housing, except for mortality in cages. When kept in cages, genetic stocks did not show behavioral differences. However, in floor pens, stock differences were detected in feeding, crouching, and nonaggressive pecking. When kept in cages, the stocks also differed in 24-wk body weight, weight gain from 18 to 24 wk, and certain measures of fearfulness in both cages and pens, and in feather condition at 21 and 22 wk. Mortality from cannibalism and hen-days survival of caged IN pullets differed among genetic stocks. Mortality from cannibalism was absent among pullets kept in experimental floor pens. In cages, BT pullets were less active, gained less weight, and had lower incidence of cannibalism than IN pullets. Also, BT pullets were less nervous and had better feather condition than IN pullets. However, trimming beaks to prevent cannibalism was less effective in NCR pullets than in Y1 or Y2 pullets. In floor pens, BT pullets showed less activity and reduce feeding frequency and less fearfulness as indicated by duration of induced tonic immobility. Agonistic behaviors were not different between BT and IN pullets. From these results, beak trimming could be interpreted as having either stressful or stress-alleviating effects, depending on the criteria used. However, proper beak trimming appears beneficial when cannibalistic pecking is likely to be a proble
19 NAL Call. No.: SF481.J68
Beak trimming effects on performance, behavior and welfare of chickens: A review.
Athens, Ga. : Applied Poultry Science, Inc; 1992 Mar.
Journal of applied poultry research v. 1 (1): p. 129-134; 1992 Mar. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Debeaking; Animal welfare; Animal behavior; Literature
20 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Behavior, production, and well-being of the laying hen. 2. Individual variation and relationships of behavior to production and physical condition. Webster, A.B.; Hurnik, J.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar. Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 421-428; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Egg production; Animal behavior; Battery cages; Body
condition; Activity; Plumage; Heritability
Abstract: Variation of behavior among hens and the relationships of behavior to measures of production and physical condition were investigated. The birds were 384 pullets from the mating of two stocks of males, obtained from a commercial breeder, to females from a third flock. The birds were housed as pairs in laying cages at 22 and 20 wk of age (Hatches 1 and 2, respectively). The laying phase was divided into 28-day periods. In Periods 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11, samples of hens were video recorded for 8 h. In Period 13, direct visual observations were made of the behavior of individually identified hens. Eleven production-related variables were recorded throughout the laying phase. Feather scores were assessed in Periods 3, 6, 9, and 12. Body weight, lesions to the feet, and claw length were recorded in Periods 6 and 13. Spearman rank correlations were calculated between video-recorded behavioral variables and measures of production and physical condition. The data from direct visual observations were used for heritability estimates of behavioral traits. Eating and standing were positively correlated with egg production, whereas sitting and, for hens derived from male parental Stock 1, resting were negatively correlated with production. Inactivity also coincided with poorer plumage condition and higher body weight. For the offspring of male parental Stock 2, behavioral actions frequently performed in stereotyped manner, e.g., cage pecking and toe pecking, were positively associated with egg production. No significant additive genetic variation for behavior was evident among sires; however, for dams, fairly large heritability estimates occurred for a number of behavioral states. The apparent absence of additive genetic variability among sires for behavior may have been due to genetic fixation at gene loci which control behavior in the stocks acquired from the commercial breeder.
21 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Behavioral correlates of male mating success in a multisire flock as determined by DNA fingerprinting.
Jones, M.E.J.; Mench, J.A.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jul.
Poultry science v. 70 (7): p. 1493-1498; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Cocks; Male fertility; Social dominance; Dna fingerprinting;
Paternity; Breed differences; Mating frequency
Abstract: The fertility of an individual rooster within a multi-sire flock may be influenced by a number of behavioral considerations, including frequency and timing of matings and the male's position in the social dominance hierarchy. The relationship between behavior and fertility has proven difficult to assess, however, because there are a limited number of heritable morphological traits that can be used to determine paternity. The objectives of the present study were to use DNA fingerprinting to determine paternity in domestic fowl and to assess some behavioral and physiological correlates of mating success. Sixty day-old chicks from each of two commercial breeds, DeKalb White Leghorn (L) and Warren Color-Sexed (W), were reared in either same-breed or mixed-breed groups. At 43 wk of age, all females and six randomly selected males were mixed into one large pen. Male aggressive and mating behaviors were recorded over a 4-mo period. Fertility of individual sires was determined by DNA fingerprinting and pedigree analysis of chicks. Dominance rank and the frequencies of both completed matings and mating attempts were positively correlated with fertility (P<.01). In addition, wing flapping was correlated with both dominance (P<.001) and fertility (P<.05). There was no correlation between fertility and plasma testosterone. There were breed effects on dominance status, with W dominating L. Multiple paternity was demonstrated in 4 out of 10 families by DNA fingerprinting. The present study is the first one to demonstrate a correlation between dominance and fertility in a flock containing several males of the same breed and morphology.
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Behavioral responses of broiler chickens to handling: effects of dietary tryptophan and two lighting regimens.
Newberry, R.C.; Blair, R.
Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jul.
Poultry science v. 72 (7): p. 1237-1244; 1993 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Diet; Tryptophan; Light regime; Fearfulness; Animal
welfare; Carcass quality; Dosage effects
Abstract: In three 2 X 2 factorial experiments, effects of added dietary Trp (0 or .2%, Experiments 1 and 2; 0 or .4%, Experiment 3) and two lighting regimens [1) constant 23-h photoperiod (23H); or 2) increasing photoperiod (INC)] on behavioral responses of broilers to handling were assessed. In Week 6 of Experiment 1, and Weeks 3 and 6 of Experiments 2 and 3, 32 chickens from each treatment were picked up and held by both legs for 30 s, carried for 60 s, and induced into tonic immobility (TI). In aU experiments, chickens reared under INC were more likely to flap when carried, and flapped longer, than chickens reared under 23H (P < .01). In Experiments 2 and 3, INC chickens were more likely to curl the body ventrally when handled and were more susceptible to TI induction than 23H chickens (P < .05). The duration of TI was shorter on INC than 23H in Experiment 2 (P < .05), and longer in Experiment 3 (P < .001). Dietary Trp supplementation resulted in a lower flapping duration and higher incidence of body curling in Experiment 2 (P < .05), and a shorter TI duration in Experiment 3 (P < .05). Flapping, body curling, and TI responses of chickens varied between handlers (P < .05). Vocalization and flapping rates were lower, and flapping incidence and duration of flapping and TI higher, in Week 6 than in Week 3 (P < .05). Chickens reared under INC may be at greater risk of injury during reslaughter handling than chickens reared under 23H. Addition of .4% Trp to the diet may have a mild fear-reducing effect.
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Behavioral responses of hens to simulated dawn and dusk periods. Tanaka, T.; Hurnik, J.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar. Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 483-488. ill; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Light regime; Activity; Battery cages; Aviaries; Animal
behavior; Animal welfare
Abstract: Behavioral responses to caged (3 birds by 6 cages) and aviary (437 birds) hens to sudden (S) and gradual (G) changes in illumination were recorded using an infrared camera. They were observed from 2 days before the change from S to G, to 7 days after the change. Each observation period commenced 30 min before the start or the end of the light period and ended 30 min after. In the battery cages, the number of birds standing increased gradually before the light period in both conditions. The number of birds eating peaked during the simulated dawn and dusk periods. Almost all birds (94%) were still standing during the 1st min of complete darkness under the S condition, but half of them (47%) were already sitting at the same time under the G condition. In the aviary, just after the S change from dark to light, the number of birds changing positions (between floors, etc.) increased sharply, but under the G condition the number increased gradually during the dawn period. The number of birds changing positions decreased immediately after the S change from light to dark, but some birds (2 to 3%) were active shortly before the end of the observation period. However, most of the birds moved toward the resting site during the dusk period, and only a few birds (<1%) were active 10 min after complete darkness. These differences were statistically significant (P<.05). The results of the present study indicate that a gradual change in illumination could be more comfortable for the birds.
24 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Behavior-genetic analysis and poultry husbandry.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Jan.
Poultry science v. 72 (1): p. 1-6; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Domestication; Animal welfare; Genetic improvement; Adaptability; Animal behavior; Vocalization; Genetic variation
Abstract: Domestication, one of the great innovations in human history, has
had a profound effect on agriculture and the development of urban societies.
Domestication is a continuing genetic process through which anatomy, behavior,
and physiology are modified to suit specific needs. In poultry, the process
has accelerated during the past several decades because of increased selection
pressure and development of specialized male and female lines in breeding
programs. Large changes have also occurred in the intensification of
environments in which poultry are maintained. Such intensification is a
function of escalation of land, energy, and labor costs. Whether the rate of
change of these nongenetic factors is faster than biological change is an
important issue in the consideration of behavior-genetic analyses and poultry
husbandry. Complex behavioral, genetic, and physiological responses are
involved in the buffering necessary for animals to cope with changes in their
physical and social environments. Knowledge of behavioral range and genetic
variation of short- and long-term responses is essential to understanding how
poultry adapt. Although innate behaviors and habituation can prevent some
stimuli from causing manifestations that detract from well-being, husbandry
conditions should optimize behavioral responses with biological advantages to
individuals and populations.
25 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Behaviour and production of laying hens in three prototypes of cages incorporating nests.
Sherwin, C.M.; Nicol, C.J.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Oct.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 35 (1): p. 41-54; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Nesting; Cages
26 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Bone strength of caged layers as affected by dietary calcium and phosphorus concentrations, reconditioning, and ash content.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Jul.
British poultry science v. 32 (3): p. 501-508; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Bone strength; Radius; Bone ash; Shear strength; Body
weight; Stress; Bone density
27 NAL Call. No.: 286.81 F322
Breeder flock study shows salmonella-causing factors.
Minnetonka, Minn. : Miller Publishing Co; 1992 Mar16.
Feedstuffs v. 64 (11): p. 1, 22-23; 1992 Mar16. Includes references.
Descriptors: Salmonella; Broilers; Contamination; Flocks; Disease control;
Animal health; Stress
28 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 AL13P
Fairbanks, Alaska : The Service; 1991 Dec.
Publication - University of Alaska, Cooperative Extension Service v.): 2 p.; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Alaska; Broiler production; Chicks; Breeds; Chicken housing;
Equipment; Cost benefit analysis
29 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Broiler production under varying population densities. Cravener, T.L.; Roush, W.B.; Mashally, M.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Mar. Poultry science v. 71 (3): p. 427-433; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Stocking density; Body weight; Carcass quality; Feed
conversion; Carcass weight; Stress; Profitability
Abstract: The influence of population density on the growth performance and
sum level of Hubbard X Hubbard chicks of equally mixed sex was studied. Six
hundred and sixteen birds were housed under .05,.07,.09, or.11 m2 per bird
(four replicates per density) from 0 to 7 wk. There were no treatment effects
on feed conversion at 6 or 7 wk. Birds housed at .07, .09, and .11 m2 per bird
had similar 7 wk BW and carcass weights, all significantly higher than birds
housed at .05 m2 per bird. Under .05 m2 per bird, a higher percentage of
breast blisters and ammonia burns (30%) was observed than at other densities.
The 7-wk heterophil to lymphocyte ratios of birds raised at .09 and .11 m2 per
bird (.42 and .45) were significantly higher than those at .05 and .07 m2 per
bird (.28 and .30). Lowered BW and decreased carcass quality of birds raised
it .05 m2 per bird suggested that these birds were stressed. However, decision
analysis of economic potential indicated that the optimum profit potential per
square meter was .05 m2 per bird for Maximax and Equally Likely decisions and
.07 m2 per bird for the Maximin decision.
30 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Calcium and phosphorus metabolism and eggshell formation of hens fed different amounts of calcium.
Clunies, M.; Parks, D.; Leeson, S.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Mar.
Poultry science v. 71 (3): p. 482-489; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Calcium; Mineral metabolism; Phosphorus; Bone
mineralization; Egg shell formation; Feed intake; Retention; Egg production;
Egg shell quality; Mineral nutrition
Abstract: Twenty-seven 42-wk-old Single Comb White Leghorn hens housed in separate cages were fed either 2.5, 3.5, or 4.5% Ca diets, each providing .45% available P. Birds were allowed a 7-day adaption period followed by an 8-day collection period. Feed and water were available for ad libitum consumption with feed intake recorded daily. Eggs and excreta were collected daily for mineral analysis. Feed, Ca, and P intake of hens increased significantly (P < .05) on shell-forming (SF) days compared with days on which shell formation did not take place (NSF). Dietary Ca level had a significant (P < .05) effect on feed and Ca intake of hens. On SF days, hens retained more dietary Ca, both as a percentage and per gram Ca basis, compared with NSF days. As dietary Ca increased, the percentage Ca retained decreased (P < .05) and per gram Ca retained increased (P < .05). Dietary Ca had no effect (P > .05) on egg weight or egg production. Increasing dietary Ca significantly (P < .05) decreased shell deformation and increased (P < .05) shell weight and grams of shell Ca, although there was no significant (P > .05) effect on percentage shell Ca. Calcium retention increased linearly (P < .05) as Ca intake increased, and shell weight increased quadratically (P < .05). There was a diminishing response of shell weight to Ca intake at higher levels.
31 NAL Call. No.: 389.8 J82
Calcium deficiency and food deprivation improve the response of chickens to acute heat stress.
Ait-Boulahsen, A.; Garlich, J.D.; Edens, F.W.
Bethesda, Md. : American Institute of Nutrition; 1993 Jan.
The Journal of nutrition v. 123 (1): p. 98-105; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Diet; Mineral deficiencies; Calcium; Food restriction;
Heat stress; Acid base equilibrium
Abstract: The tolerance of chickens to acute heat stress may be modified by diet. Broiler chickens fed calcium-adequate (0.90% Ca) or -deficient (0.45% or 0.15% Ca) diets were either fed or not fed for 24 h and exposed to increasing temperatures (from 24 to 41 degrees C). Diets were fed for 7 d before heat stress in Experiment 1 and for 14 d before heat stress in Experiment 2. Body temperature, blood ionized Ca, pH, pCO2, plasma inorganic phosphate and total Ca were determined. During heat stress, Ca+2 and inorganic phosphate were depressed in all treatments. Feeding the 0.45% Ca diet for 7 d reduced hyperthermic body temperature of fed chickens but had no effect on body temperature of unfed chickens relative to the groups fed 0.90% Ca. No further improvement in body temperature response to heat stress was obtained by lowering the dietary Ca level to 0.15% or extending the feeding period to 14 d. Food deprivation was more effective in counteracting the heat-induced rise in body temperature than a dietary Ca deficiency. Heat-induced changes in body temperature, Ca+2, inorganic phosphate and blood pH were highly correlated (P < 0.001). The change in Ca+2 followed a pattern similar to that of changes in body temperature, but changes in inorganic phosphate seemed to be more indicative of changes in pH. Control birds fed 0.90% Ca exhibited the highest changes in Ca+2 and body temperature values. Feeding Ca-deficient diets reduced changes in both Ca+2 and body temperature. Unfed birds, regardless of dietary Ca level, showed the lowest changes in Ca+2 and body temperature. The results suggest that during heat stress, the increase in body temperature is inversely related to the chickens' ability to maintain blood Ca+2.
32 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Can domestic fowl (Gallus gallus domesticus) anticipate a period of food deprivation?.
Petherick, J.C.; Waddington, D.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1991 Nov.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 32 (2/3): p. 219-226; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Learning ability; Animal welfare; Circadian rhythm; Food
deprivation; Food intake
33 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V643
Changes in the somatosensory evoked potentials and spontaneous electroencephalogram of hens during stunning with a carbon dioxide and argon mixture.
Mohan Raj, A.B.; Wotton, S.B.; Gregory, N.G.
London : Bailliere Tindall; 1992 Mar.
British veterinary journal v. 148 (2): p. 147-156; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Stunning; Carbon dioxide; Argon; Oxygen; Bioelectric potential; Electroencephalograms; Hypercapnia; Anoxia; Animal welfare
Abstract: A previous investigation indicated that when hens were exposed to
2% oxygen in argon (anoxia) EEG suppression and loss of SEPs occurred at 17
and 29 s after exposure. In this study, hens were exposed to 49% carbon
dioxide in air (hypercapnic hypoxia) or 31% carbon dioxide with 2% oxygen in
argon (hypercapnic anoxia) and their spontaneous electroence-phalogram (EEG)
and somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) were investigated. The results
indicated that EEG suppression and loss of SEPs occurred in 11 and 26 s,
respectively, in hypercapnic hypoxia. These events occurred at 11 and 19 s,
respectively, after exposure to hypercapnic anoxia. These results indicated
that, with regard to preslaughter stunning/killing of chickens, a mixture of
31% carbon dioxide with 2% oxygen in argon resulted in a more rapid loss of
evoked responses in the brain when compared with 49% carbon dioxide in air or
with 2% oxygen in argon. It is concluded that stunning chickens with low
concentrations of carbon dioxide in argon would result in a more rapid loss of
34 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Characterizing efficiency of misting systems for poultry. Bottcher, R.W.; Baughman, G.R.; Gates, R.S.; Timmons, M.B. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Mar. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (2): p. 586-590; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Evaporative cooling; Fowls; Mist application;
Mathematical models; Theory
Abstract: Misting systems for poultry housing have traditionally been characterized using evaporative cooling efficiency. This works well for evaporative pad systems, but poorly for misting systems since they are strongly affected by water pressure and ventilation rates. The fraction of the misting rate which evaporates (designated as beta) was analyzed for two previous studies and data obtained for this study using theoretical relationships. A theoretical analysis relating individual droplet evaporation to evaporation rates showed that evaporation efficiency is strongly affected by initial droplet sizes, which are affected by water pressure in conventional misting systems. Analysis of test data for poultry houses showed that beta increases with system water pressure; beta ranged from 0.09 at a pressure of 280 kPa (40 psi) to 0.57 at a pressure of 3400 kPa (500 psi).
35 NAL Call. No.: RA639.M44
Chemical control of Ornithonyssus sylviarum on caged layer hens. Levot, G.W.
Oxford : Blackwell Scientific Publications; 1992 Apr.
Medical and veterinary entomology v. 6 (2): p. 131-134; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: New South Wales; Hens; Ornithonyssus sylviarum; Insect control;
Malathion; Carbaryl; Permethrin; Azamethiphos; Cages
36 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Chickens show socially facilitated feeding behaviour in response to a video image of a conspecific.
Keeling, L.J.; Hurnik, J.F.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1993 Apr.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (2/3): p. 223-231; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chickens; Feeding behavior; Video recordings
37 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Choice between artificial turf and wire floor as nest sites in individually caged laying hens.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1993 May.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (4): p. 327-335; 1993 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Nesting
38 NAL Call. No.: 1.98 AG84
The cleanest little chicken house in America.
Washington, D.C. : The Service; 1993 Sep.
Agricultural research - U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service v. 41 (9): p. 18; 1993 Sep.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Environmental control
39 NAL Call. No.: 448.3 AP5
Colonization of broiler chickens by waterborne Campylobacter jejuni. Pearson, A.D.; Greenwood, M.; Healing, T.D.; Rollins, D.; Shahamat, M.; Donaldson, J.; Colwell, R.R.
Washington, D.C. : American Society for Microbiology; 1993 Apr. Applied and environmental microbiology v. 59 (4): p. 987-996; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Campylobacter jejuni; Colonization; Poultry diseases;
Waterborne diseases; Disinfection
Abstract: Chickens on a broiler farm in southern England were found to be
colonized with Campylobacter jejuni of a single serotype, Lior 1 Penner 4. The
farm was the sole supplier of a local slaughterhouse associated with a
campylobacter outbreak in 1984 caused by this serotype. The serotype persisted
on the farm for at least 18 months after the outbreak; its prevalence in the
human population served by the farm remained high until it disappeared from
the farm in 1986. The possible sources and routes of transmission of C. jejuni
to the broilers on the farm were investigated. The results showed that
vertical transmission, feed, litter, small mammals, and environmental or
airborne cross-contamination between sheds or successive crops could be
excluded as persistent sources of C. jejuni. The predominant source of C.
jejuni on the farm was shown to be the water supply. Direct microscopy and
fluorescent antibody methods revealed presumptive campylobacters throughout
the farm's water system. Campylobacter-free chickens raised in an animal house
and given water from the farm supply became colonized with the serotype of C.
jejuni endemic on the farm (Lior 1 Penner 4). An intervention program based on
water chlorination, shed drinking system cleaning and disinfection, and
withdrawal of furazolidone from feed reduced the proportion of birds colonized
with campylobacter from 81 to 7% and was associated with a 1,000- to
10,000-fold reduction in campylobacters recoverable from the carcasses. Two
months after the end of the intervention program colonization of the birds
returned to high levels (84%), indicating that there was a temporal
association between intervention and reduced colonization with C. jejuni.
Investigations continue to establish the general applicability of these
40 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Colonization of Escherichia coli in young turkeys and chickens. Leitner, G.; Heller, E.D.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Apr. Avian diseases v. 36 (2): p. 211-220; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Fowls; Poultry; Escherichia coli; Intestinal diseases; Intestinal mucosa; Experiments; Animal experiments; Experimental design
Abstract: In order to investigate the possibility of pathogenic Escherichia
coli penetrating the bloodstream via the intestinal mucosa in normal and
stressed turkeys and chickens, birds were inoculated orally with the bacteria
or exposed environmentally to it. Immediately after hatch, intestines
contained a substantial number of coliform bacteria that increased with time.
In orally infected turkeys, the pathogenic bacteria (nalidixic-acid-resistant
O78) replaced 10%-50% of the native coliform flora but could not be isolated
from the trachea or blood. Environmentally exposed groups exhibited pathogenic
bacteria in intestines but not in blood. Stressing of exposed turkeys resulted
in isolation of the pathogenic bacteria from blood and even spleen. In orally
infected broiler chickens, stress resulted in bacteremia and mortality.
Chickens that were exposed to pathogenic bacteria at a young age and showed no
mortality or morbidity demonstrated no detrimental effects due to challenge
with the same pathogenic bacteria later in life. Stress seems to cause
penetration of the pathogenic bacteria into the bloodstream, which in turn can
cause severe disease and mortality.
41 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Comparison of behavior and performance of laying hens housed in battery cages and an aviary.
Tanaka, T.; Hurnik, J.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb.
Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 235-243; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Animal welfare; Battery cages; Aviaries; Animal behavior;
Egg production; Feeding habits
Abstract: Experiments were carried out to study the behavior and production
performance of hens housed in battery cages (3 birds X 112 cages) and an
aviary (437 birds). Direct visual observations and videotapings of hen
behavior were collected at 24 to 25, 36 to 37, 49 to 50, and 61 to 62 wk of
age. Production data were collected daily. Stereotyped behaviors were much
more frequent (P < .01) in the battery cages (7.0 to 24.7%) than in the aviary
(1.0 to 2.7%). Comfort behaviors were performed by aviary birds (3.9 to 5.5%)
much more frequently (P < .01) than by the caged birds (.7 to .9%). The birds
were more active during a few hours before dark and just after light in both
cages and the aviary. In both groups, the production performance of hens was
similar and relatively high. The results of the current study indicate that
aviaries provide a more comfortable environment for birds and almost the same
productivity per bird as battery cages.
42 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Comparison of procedures for collecting semen from ganders and inseminating geese.
Grunder, A.A.; Pawluczuk, B.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep.
Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 1975-1980; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Geese; Artificial insemination; Semen production; Artificial vagina; Semen characters; Poultry housing; Female fertility; Timing
Abstract: Experiments were conducted to compare management of ganders and
semen collection procedures with respect to semen and sperm yield, and two
frequencies of artificial insemination were tested with respect to fertility.
Housing ganders in groups, singly, or singly with the introduction of a female
just before collection was the rank order of housing system from least to most
successful collection of ejaculates. There were no significant differences
among types of housing with respect to semen volume, but ejaculates from
ganders housed singly had the greatest (P < .05) spermatozoal concentrations.
Ejaculates collected with an artificial vagina were of greater (P < .05)
volume and total spermatozoal yield but not spermatozoal concentration than
those collected by aspiration. Interactions between collector and method were
observed for spermatozoal traits. Geese inseminated on 2 consecutive days/wk
showed greater (P < .01) fertility than those inseminated once per week.
Therefore, collection of semen with an artificial vagina from ganders housed
singly, with insemination weekly but on consecutive days, should result in
successful reproduction of geese.
43 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
A comparison of three continuous and four shuttle anticoccidial programs. Guneratne, J.R.M.; Gard, D.I.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep. Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 1888-1894; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Coccidiostats; Narasin; Nicarbazin; Intestines;
Lesions; Growth; Body weight; Feed conversion; Mortality; Feed intake; Adverse
effects; Heat stress
Abstract: Continuous programs of a combination of narasin (40 ppm) and
nicarbazin (40 ppm) (NaNi), narasin at levels of 60 and 70 ppm, and a 2 by 2
factorial shuttle design (NaNi or nicarbazin at 125 ppm, each for 27 or 28
days, followed by narasin at 60 or 70 ppm to termination), were compared with
unmedicated controls for their anticoccidial efficacy and growth performance
in nine broiler trials conducted in seven countries outside the United States.
Cecal coccidial lesions were reduced only by treatments that incorporated
nicarbazin either at the 40-ppm level in NaNi or at 125 ppm, whereas total
intestinal lesion scores were reduced by all the anticoccidial programs
tested. At Day 28, the three treatments containing NaNi and the treatment
containing narasin at 60 ppm significantly improved weight gain and feed
efficiencies over the two treatments containing nicarbazin at 125 ppm and the
unmedicated controls. At termination all the anticoccidial programs
significantly decreased the mortality rate and improved bird weights and feed
efficiencies. Birds on the treatments containing NaNi either in the two
shuttle programs or in the continuous program were significantly heavier than
those on the two treatments containing nicarbazin at 125 ppm in shuttle
44 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Comparison of two methods for determining broiler processing yield. Fletcher, D.L.; Cason, J.A.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 1010-1014; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Carcass yield; Processing losses; Estimation;
Evisceration; Chicken meat
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to compare conventional hand
evisceration and yield-by-difference (YBD) methods of determining broiler
processing yield. In each experiment, 192 birds from 24 pens were killed by
bleeding for 2 min, scalded at 59 C for 2 min, and picked for 30 s in a rotary
batch picker. Yield-by-difference was determined by removing and weighing the
nonsalable portion of the carcass (inedible viscera, and nongastrointestinal
waste). Conventional processing was performed by hand. Data were analyzed by
pen and treatment for means and coefficient of variation. Live weight and New
York dressed weights of birds processed by the two methods were not
significantly (P<.05) different in either experiment. The YBD resulted in a
significantly greater yield as calculated from live weight or New York-dressed
weight. Coefficients of variation were not significantly different. These
results indicate that the YBD procedure could be used to estimate absolute
yield better but does not offer any advantages in reduction of yield
variation. The YBD would not be practical for further yield or carcass
45 NAL Call. No.: QR115.I57
Competitive exclusion of campylobacters from poultry with K-bacteria and Broilact.
Aho, M.; Nuotio, L.; Nurmi, E.; Kiiskinen, T.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Mar.
International journal of food microbiology v. 15 (3/4): p. 265-275; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Salmonella; Poultry meat; Biological competition; Campylobacter;
Abstract: The competitive exclusion (CE) product (Broilact) which is effective against Salmonellas, was found to be inactive against campylobacters. Microecological concepts were applied in the search of a new competitive flora and two novel strains ('K-bacteria') were isolated. These strains resembled campylobacters but differed from them in morphology, enzyme profiles (API), cellular fatty acid profiles and when tested with a ribosomal RNA hybridization probe (Gene-Trak). Two-week laboratory trials on broiler chickens showed that CE treatment may protect the birds against campylobacters but revealed the need for facultatively anaerobic bacteria in establishing a protective flora. A 5-week pilot scale trial was carried out. The trial involved 1800 newly hatched chicks in 30 groups. K-bacteria and Broilact, which provided the necessary facultatively anaerobic bacteria, were administered to some of the birds in the first drinking water. A seeder bird technique was used to challenge experimental and control birds with Campylobacter jejuni biotype 2 (broiler origin). Three seeder birds were placed in each group of 60 birds. Groups were sampled weekly for campylobacters and finally at the slaughterhouse. From each group, the caecal contents of two birds were examined quantitatively for campylobacters. The performance of the birds was also monitored during the trial. The results showed a 1.5 week delay in the onset of campylobacter infection in treated chicks and a consistently lower level of colonization in comparison with control birds. At slaughter, levels of carriage in caecal contents of treated birds were 1.5-2.0 log10 units lower than those of controls, despite apparent stress from harvesting and transportation. The treatment had no economically important effects on the performance of the birds during rearing.
46 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Computer-aide heat acclimation in broiler cockerels.
Davis, G.S.; Edens, F.W.; Parkhurst, C.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 302-306; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: North Carolina; Broilers; Cocks; Heat stress; Heat resistance;
Poultry housing; Environmental control; Microcomputers; Computer programming;
Blood chemistry; Blood plasma; Mortality
Abstract: A battery-powered BASIC CMOS microcomputer was used to control) the
environment in a solar-assisted poultry house containing heat-acclimated and
control broiler chickens. The computer features complete isolation from
commercial power sources, power consumption in the 100-mA range, integrated
circuit time clock, a 16-channel analog to digital converter to measure
temperature, and 16 channels of output for control of poultry house equipment.
Three-week-old broiler cockerels were subjected to daily 4-h heating episodes
(35 C) for 3 wk and then were exposed to heat stress (38 C) for 4 h. Based
upon mortality and performance parameters, it was concluded that computer
assisted-acclimation would be a method to improve heat resistance in broiler
47 NAL Call. No.: 286.81 F322
Control of heat stress essential to keep hens laying in hot weather. Muirhead, S.
Minnetonka, Minn. : Miller Publishing Co; 1993 Apr05.
Feedstuffs v. 65 (14): p. 13; 1993 Apr05.
Descriptors: Hens; Heat stress; Weather; Temperature
48 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Controlled early feed restriction as a potential means of reducing the incidence of ascites in broilers.
Shlosberg, A.; Berman, E.; Bendheim, U.; Plavnik, I.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Oct. Avian diseases v. 35 (4): p. 681-684; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Restricted feeding; Ascites; Pelleted feeds; Feed meals;
Cold stress; Mortality; Disease control
Abstract: Male broiler chicks were grown at cold temperatures to enhance
susceptibility to the ascites syndrome. Various feeding regimens were used to
determine whether they could influence mortality due to ascites. It was found
that a precisely controlled early feed-restriction regimen at the age of 6 to
11 days significantly reduced mortality from all causes and mortality due to
ascites, while maintaining optimum body weight and feed conversion at
49 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Cooling of drinking water for laying hens.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Nov.
Poultry science v. 70 (11): p. 2368-2370; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Florida; Hens; Drinking water; Cooling; Laying performance; Egg quality; Environmental temperature; Body weight; Feed intake
Abstract: The cooling of laying hen drinking water from ambient temperature (approximately 25 to 28 C) to 21.1 or 10 C during daylight hours of July to September was investigated over an 8-wk period as a means of improving hot weather performance of hens. Eight replicate groups of five individually caged birds were exposed to each drinking water regimen provided in plastic troughs. Water was chilled by colder water circulated through copper coils. In-house temperatures during the trial reached or exceeded 32.2 C on 57% of the days; the average maximum temperature was 31.9 C. Egg production, daily feed intake, mortality rate, body weight change, and fecal moisture were not significantly altered from the ambient response by the provision of cooled drinking water. Both egg Haugh unit and specific gravity values were significantly improved by the 21.1 C treatment but egg weights were reduced in association with both cool water treatments. Cooling of laying hen drinking water did not appear to offer a production advantage; however, some benefits may be realized in the areas of egg interior and shell quality with cooling from 28 to 21.1 C.
50 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Correlation of water activity and other environmental conditions with repeated detection of Salmonella contamination on poultry farms. Opara, O.O.; Carr, L.E.; Russek-Cohen, E.; Tate, C.R.; Mallinson, E.T.; Miller, R.G.; Stewart, L.E.; Johnston, R.W.; Joseph, S.W. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 664-671; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Flocks; Salmonella; Microbial contamination; Water;
Activity; Litter; Ammonia; Temperature; Ph; Moisture content; Ash;
Abstract: Three flocks on 13 different broiler farms were monitored for Salmonella over three consecutive growout periods using the drag swab (DS) technique. One house was consistently negative for Salmonella contamination (7.7%); four houses were consistently positive (30.8%); and eight houses (61.5%) alternated between either a DS Salmonella negative or positive status. Simultaneously, numerous environmental parameters of the litter surface were measured, including water activity (Aw), ammonia, temperature, pH, moisture content (MC), ash content, and volatile solids. Analysis of these data as a corollary, to either Salmonella-negative or -positive DS results revealed significant correlation coefficients for some of the parameters, especially, Aw. The results suggest that there should be further exploration of remedial intervention based on control of some of the physical features of litter (e.g., controlling litter Aw and possibly MC and pH levels) in poultry houses.
51 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Daily energy allotment and reproductive performance of broiler breeder males. Attia, Y.A.; Yamani, K.A.; Burke, W.H.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Jan. Poultry science v. 72 (1): p. 42-50; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Cocks; Body weight; Diet; Metabolizable energy; Egg fertility; Egg hatchability; Energy intake; Testes; Weight; Carcass composition; Laying performance; Progeny; Pododermatitis
Abstract: Ross broiler breeder males, housed in floor pens with females and fed from separate feeders, were given 125 g/day of isonitrogenous diets formulated to provide 300, 340, and 380 kcal per male per day between 28 and 60 wk of age. Males given 300 kcal/day maintained their initial BW and were consistently lighter than those fed the two higher energy levels; BW of males given the two higher energy allotments did not differ from each other. Fertility levels, over the whole experiment, averaged 80.1, 91.1, and 83.0% for the low-, intermediate-, and high-energy groups, respectively. Fertility dropped slightly over time in all groups but showed a precipitous fall in the low-energy group between 48 and 60 wk. Hatchability of fertile eggs showed a significant decrease over time but no treatment differences were found. Hatchability of eggs set, like fertility, showed a significant quadratic regression on energy allocation. A significant linear effect of energy level on 60-wk testes weights was found but carcass composition at 60 wk was unrelated to dietary energy allocation. Males fed 300 kcal/day had less severe pododermatitis than males in other groups, but the correlation between BW and pododermatitis score was not significant. Average 6-wk BW of approximately 500 offspring of males fed the low-energy diet, raised comingled with those from other male treatments in three separate growth trials, were consistently and significantly lower than those of offspring of males fed 380 kcal/day.
52 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 G29B
Dark-out light restriction for rearing broiler breeders. Wilson, J.L.; Mauldin, J.M.; Czarick, M. III
Athens, Ga. : The Service; 1991 Jul.
Bulletin - Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia, College of Agriculture (1053): 11 p. ill; 1991 Jul.
Descriptors: Broiler production; Chicken housing; Light regime;
53 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Design of a poultry disease isolation facility with programmable environmental control.
Branton, S.L.; Simmons, J.D.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Sep. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 8 (5): p. 695-699; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pig housing; Structural design; Animal diseases; Isolation;
Quarantine; Environmental control
Abstract: An 8 X 25 m (26 X 82 ft) block building was converted from an
outdated environmental research facility to a state-of-the-art biological
isolation laboratory for poultry disease research. Modification included
interior partitioning into two large environmental chambers, the addition of
insulation in walls and ceiling, 70 kW (20 tons) of refrigeration, 32 fiber
glass biological isolation units, appropriate air handling and waste removal,
and a computer-based environmental controller. The facility has been in use
for two years and has been used in conducting research with both broilers and
layers with no occurrence of cross-contamination. To date, the facility has
performed as intended with no problems other than the accumulation of poultry
dust with resultant persistent clogging of the medium efficiency pleated
roughing filter. This problem was rectified through the incorporation of a
lanolin-impregnated roll roughing filter into the filter system upstream of
the pleated roughing filter.
54 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Design of nest boxes for laying cages.
Appleby, M.C.; Smith, S.F.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Sep.
British poultry science v. 32 (4): p. 667-678; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Animal welfare; Animal behavior; Cages; Nesting; Egg
production; Wood shavings; Nests; Oviposition
55 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V643
Designing environments for animals-not for public perceptions. Duncan, L.J.H.
London : Bailliere Tindall; 1992 Nov.
British veterinary journal v. 148 (6): p. 475-477; 1992 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Battery cages; Animal welfare; Animal behavior
56 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Developing future-minded strategies for sustainable poultry production. Stenholm, C.W.; Waggoner, D.B.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 203-210; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: U.S.A.; Poultry industry; Sustainability; International trade; Consumer preferences; Environmental impact; Research support
Abstract: Poultry is one of the world's major and fastest growing sources of
meat, representing over 22% of all meat production in 1989. Because of their
high nutrient content and relatively low caloric value, egg and poultry
products are natural candidates to meet emerging consumer demands. The United
States poultry industry must continue to meet the challenge of designing foods
that meet consumers' definition of what is safe and what is healthy. Any
agricultural production system should stand the test of scientific scrutiny,
economic analysis, and social acceptance and impact. The agricultural science
sector should develop best management practices that continue to provide
profitability and sustainability for producers. The poultry industry in the
United States and many other countries has progressed probably more than any
other branch of livestock production in the trend toward intensive production
systems. Voluntary codes of practice adhered to by producers of farm animals
is an effective option that can be employed to help solve concerns about
animal welfare. The poultry industry of the future will need to meet steadily
consumer demand for wholesome meat, while addressing issues of health and
safety waste management, and water and air pollution.
57 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Diet dilution and compensatory growth in broilers.
Leeson, S.; Summer, J.D.; Caston, L.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 867-873; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Underfeeding; Energy value; Compensatory growth;
Cottonseed husks; Liveweight gain; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Carcass
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to note the response of broiler chickens to degrees of diet dilution from 4 to 11 days of age. In Experiment 1, broilers were fed conventional broiler diets from 0 to 4 and 11 to 56 days of age. From 4 to 11 days, birds were fed a conventional corn and soybean meal broiler starter, or the same diet in which major nutrients were replaced with 25, 40, or 55% ground rice hulls. Minerals and vitamin sources were not affected by dilution. Each of the three diluted diets together with an undiluted control diet was fed to three replicate floor pen groups of 30 male or 30 female broilers. In a second similar experiment, male birds were fed a regular broiler starter from 4 to 11 days or a diet diluted with 50% rice hulls. In this second experiment, rice hulls were substituted for all ingredients including those providing vitamin and mineral supplements. In Experiment 1, diet dilution resulted in a significant (P<.05) reduction in body weight at 11 days of age, although by 42 days there was complete recovery of body weight with no change in overall efficiency of feed utilization. This same trend was seen in both sexes. Calculation of energy balance suggests these birds to have used energy very efficiently during the period of undernutrition. Diet dilution had no effect on carcass characteristics at 42 days, although for males at 56 days there was an indication of reduced abdominal fat content (P<.05). In Experiment 2, compensatory gain was incomplete, although results were confounded due to an outbreak of infectious bronchitis. It is concluded that broiler chickens can withstand a 7-day period of early undernutrition without loss in regular performance characteristics. The response of birds to diet dilution is likely a factor of degree, method, and duration of undernutrition and of age in relation to sexual maturity.
58 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Dietary zinc methionine effect on eggshell quality of hens drinking saline water.
Moreng, R.E.; Balnave, D.; Zhang, D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jul.
Poultry science v. 71 (7): p. 1163-1167; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Drinking water; Saline water; Zinc; Methionine; Tap water;
Egg shell quality; Breaking strength; Egg shell defects; Zinc sulfate; Feed
intake; Water intake; Weight; Laying performance
Abstract: In two experiments individually caged 60-wk-old laying hens were
exposed to daily temperatures ranging between 18 and 35 C and given various
dietary and drinking water treatments. In Experiment 1 these were: 1) basal
diet and town water; 2) basal diet and town water supplemented with 2 g
NaCl/L; 3) basal diet supplemented with .2 g zinc methionine (Zinpro-200)/kg
diet and town water; or 4) basal diet supplemented with .2 g zinc
methionine/kg and town water supplemented with 2 g NaCl/L. In Experiment 2,
Treatments 1 and 2 were the same as in Experiment 1. Birds on Treatments 3 and
4 received the town water supplemented with 2 g NaCl/L and the basal diet
supplemented with either .5 g zinc methionine/kg (Treatment 3) or .28 g
ZnSO4H2O/kg to approximate the same dietary zinc concentration in Treatment 3
(Treatment 4). In both experiments, dietary zinc methionine plus 2 g NaCl/L in
the drinking water significantly improved shell breaking strength over those
birds on the 2 g NaCl/L with no zinc methionine supplementation. This same
pattern occurred for shell weight, shell weight per unit of surface area, and
percentage of shell defects. There were no improvements in the parameters
measured from the supplementation of ZnSO4. The zinc methionine compound
apparently was effective in overcoming the negative influence of the added 2 g
NaCl/L of town water.
59 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Differential leucocyte responses to various degrees of food restriction in broilers, turkeys and ducks.
Maxwell, M.H.; Hocking, P.M.; Robertson, G.W.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Mar.
British poultry science v. 33 (1): p. 177-187; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Restricted feeding; Stress response; Blood picture
60 NAL Call. No.: 382 SO12
Differential response of ducks and chicks to dietary sorghum tannins. Elkin, R.G.; Rogler, J.C.; Sullivan, T.W.
Essex : Elsevier Applied Science; 1991.
Journal of the science of food and agriculture v. 57 (4): p. 543-553; 1991. Includes references.
Descriptors: Diet; Ducks; Chicks; Sorghum; Tannins; Performance
Abstract: White Pekin ducklings were reared in floor pens and given access to
nipple-type waterers in order to eliminate a feeding behaviour previously
observed in battery brooder-raised ducks in which sorghum tannins were
possibly detoxicated by exposure of the ground grain to water. High-tannin
sorghum (HTS)-soya bean meal and low-tannin sorghum (LTS)-soya bean meal
diets, suboptimal in protein, with or without supplemental methionine, and
either in dry, mash or pellet form, were fed to both day-old ducks and chicks
for either 14 or 17 days, respectively. The chicks were reared in battery
brooders. In contrast to previous findings with ducks raised in battery
brooders, HTS-fed ducks reared in floor pens exhibited reduced weight gain and
feed efficiency values compared with LTS-fed ducks. However, the magnitude of
the growth depression caused by feeding ducks HTS versus LTS was much less
than that observed in chicks fed the identical diets (17 versus 33%,
respectively). Methionine supplementation of the HTS diets completely overcame
the reduced weight gain in ducks, but feed efficiency values were still
significantly poorer than those of ducks fed methionine-supplemented LTS
diets. In contrast, although HTS-fed chicks responded to dietary methionine
supplementation, they still exhibited poorer weight gain and feed efficiency
values compared with birds fed LTS diets similarly supplemented. Increasing
the dietary level of supplemental methionine did not result in any further
improvement in performance of chicks fed either LTS- or HTS-based diets. It
was concluded that, compared with chickens, ducks are less affected by dietary
61 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 R312
A disc ELISA for the detection of salmonella group D antibodies in poultry. Minga, U.M.; Wray, C.
London : British Veterinary Association; 1992 May.
Research in veterinary science v. 52 (3): p. 384-386; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Salmonella gallinarum; Salmonella enteritidis; Elisa;
Antibodies; Detection; Immunodiagnosis
Abstract: An ELISA using lipopolysaccharide antigens prepared from Salmonella gallinarum and S enteritidis was developed for the serological diagnosis of fowl typhoid and S enteritidis infection in poultry. There was good agreement between the results of the ELISA and conventional serological tests when samples from naturally infected birds and S enteritidis immunised birds were tested. Some cross reactions were observed when serum samples from S typhimurium infected birds were tested by ELISA. Subsequently a disc ELISA, using filter paper discs, was developed to facilitate sampling and testing of poultry. There was good correlation between the results of the disc and serum ELISAs and the test is recommended for the field testing of birds.
62 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Diurnal and individual variation in behaviour of restricted-fed broiler breeders.
Kostal, L.; Savory, C.J.; Hughes, B.O.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Jan.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 32 (4): p. 361-374; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Restricted feeding; Animal behavior; Diurnal variation; Variation; Stress; Corticosterone; Blood plasma; Fearfulness; Body weight
63 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Diurnal behavior patterns of cage-reared Brown Tsaiya ducks (Anas platyrhynchos var. domestica).
Lee, S.R.; Lee, Y.P.; Chen, B.J.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Aug.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 34 (3): p. 255-262; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Ducks; Anas platyrhynchos; Diurnal activity; Behavior patterns; Age differences; Cages; Acclimatization; Animal behavior
64 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Dust net generation rate in a poultry layer house.
Qi, R.; Manbeck, H.B.; Maghirang, R.G.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Sep. Transactions of the ASAE v. 35 (5): p. 1639-1645. ill; 1992 Sep. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pennsylvania; Poultry housing; Air quality; Artificial
ventilation; Dust; Interactions; Lighting; Literature reviews; Particle
density; Air pollutants; Mathematical models
Abstract: Dust particle net generation rates, based on the particle
concentration data obtained in a commercial poultry facility during a complete
laying season of one flock of birds, were calculated and compared to published
values. The layer house was mechanically ventilated with a housing capacity
for 112,000 caged birds. Two seasonal (hot and cold) ventilation rates were
used at different times during the 14 weekly sample periods that are included
in this study. The daily lighting scheme in the house consisted of 17 lighted
hours followed by 7 darkened hours. Hourly dust particle net generation rates
for respirable and total particles were calculated. For the 14 tested weeks,
mean particle volume generation rates were 0.76 mm3/h.bird and 1.06
mm3/h.bird, respectively, for respirable and total particles. Based on a
measured particle density of 1750 kg/m3, the mean mass generation rates of
respirable and total particles were 1.32 mg/h.bird and 1.84 mg/h.bird,
respectively. Both respirable and total particle generation rates were
significantly (P < 0.05) influenced by both ventilation rate and lighting
65 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Early feed restriction of broilers: effects on abdominal fat pad, liver, and gizzard weights, fat deposition, and carcass composition. Fontana, E.A.; Weaver, W.D. Jr; Denbow, D.M.; Watkins, B.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Feb. Poultry science v. 72 (2): p. 243-250; 1993 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Restricted feeding; Dietary fat; Dietary protein; Abdominal fat; Organs; Weight; Sex differences; Fat percentage; Body protein
Abstract: A total of five experiments were conducted to investigate the
effects, of early feed restriction on organ weights, fat deposition, and
carcass composition in broilers. In Experiments 1 and 2, broiler chicks were
reared in litter pens for 49 days, whereas Experiments 3, 4, and 5, conducted
in battery cages for 28 days. Feed restriction in all experiments was
accomplished by providing male broiler chicks 40 kcal per bird per day for 7
(Experiments 1 and 2) or 6 (Experiments 3, 4, and 5) days, starting at 4 days
of age. Feed restriction of broiler pullets in Experiment 1 was imposed from 4
to 9 days of age. Furthermore, the starter and grower diets in Experiment 2
contained either 1 or 4% added fat and the starter diets in Experiments 3, 4,
and 5 contained either 21 or 26% protein. No significant differences were
observed for abdominal fat pad and gizzard weights, liver and carcass fat, or
carcass protein between early restricted birds and ad libitum controls at 49
days of age in Experiments 1 and 2. Furthermore, with the exception of
Experiment 4, no differences in abdominal fat pad weights were observed among
the different feeding regimens. Significant increases in abdominal fat pad
weights, percentage liver, and percentage carcass fat were noted for females
at 49 days of age when compared with male broilers. Carcass fat was
significantly higher and carcass protein was significantly lower in broilers
fed commercial versus reduced fat diets. Broilers fed a 21% protein diet had
significantly heavier abdominal fat pad weights at 28 days of age than birds
fed a 26% protein diet. No significant interactions were observed between the
various treatments for the different variables measured. Results from the
present studies indicate that early feed restriction minimally affects organ
weights, fat deposition, and carcass composition of broiler chickens later in
66 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of beak-trimming age and high fiber grower diets on layer performance. Bell, D.D.; Kuney, D.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May. Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1105-1112; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Beak; Debeaking; Age; Egg production; Strain differences;
Hen feeding; Fiber content; Body weight; Feed intake; Mortality; Costs;
Abstract: The performance of three commercial strains of White leghorn layers
was compared following beak trimming (BT) at 6 or 12 wk of age when fed diets
containing 4.45 and 6.30% fiber between 6 and 12 or 12 and 18 wk of age,
respectively. Body weights were lower at 12 wk in the 6-wk BT pullets, but
were heavier at 18 wk when compared with the 12 wk BT pullets. Eighteen-week
body weights were unaffected by feeding regimens. Six week BT resulted in
higher hen-day and hen housed egg production, total egg mass, feed
consumption, and total egg income. Profitability was superior for the 6-wk BT
treatment (P = .072). Feeding the high fiber diets from 6 to 12 or 12 to 18 wk
of age resulted in no differences in any of the adult performance traits
measured compared with the control diet.
67 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 R312
Effect of bone strength on the frequency of broken bones in hens. Knowles, T.G.; Broom, D.M.; Gregory, N.G.; Wilkins, L.J. London : British Veterinary Association; 1993 Jan.
Research in veterinary science v. 54 (1): p. 15-19; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Bone fractures; Bone strength; Frequency; Body weight;
Bones; Humerus; Breed differences; Battery cages
Abstract: Bird weight, breaking strength of humerus and tibiotarsus and the
number of bones broken during culling were recorded for four breeds of
end-of-lay hens housed in battery cages. Tbe probability of a bone being
broken increased with bird weight and decreased with increasing bone strength.
Bone strength increased with bird weight within each breed but the increase in
strength was not great enough to prevent the extra damage suffered by heavier
birds. There were differences in tibiotarsal strength between the four breeds
of bird but overall no breed was more likely to suffer from broken bones than
another. The rate of increase of bone strength with weight was similar between
breeds and between humerus and tibiotarsus. The results show that differences
in bone strength due to the type of housing system in which birds are kept are
great enough to affect the ease with which bones are broken during bird
handling during removal from cages at the end of lay.
68 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effect of carbon dioxide as a preslaughter stunning method for turkeys. Fleming, B.K.; Froning, G.W.; Beck, M.M.; Sosnicki, A.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Oct. Poultry science v. 70 (10): p. 2201-2206; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Carbon dioxide; Stunning; Meat quality; Turkey meat; Color; Hemorrhage; Slaughter; Animal welfare; Muscle physiology; Ph; Water holding capacity; Muscles; Hemoglobin; Myoglobin; Cytochrome c
Abstract: The objective of the present research was to determine the effects
of CO2 as an immobilization agent on turkey meat quality. In the study, two
concentrations of CO2 were used, 40 and 60%, electrical stunning served as the
control. As compared with electrical stunning, there was a significant (P <
.05) reduction in severity of struggle during the lag stage of immobilization
with both concentrations of CO2; during the lag phase of CO2 immobilization
the bird shows no sign of stress. Hemorrhagic scores for the thigh muscle were
significantly lower (P < .05) for the 40 and 60% CO2 groups when compared with
the electrical stunning treatment. Total heme pigments and hemoglobin
concentrations were significantly lower in the groups immobilized by CO2 (P <
.05) than in the control group. However, control birds exhibited significantly
(P < .05) lower levels of cytochrome c when compared with the groups
immobilized by CO2. Postslaughter pH of birds immobilized with CO2 was
significantly (P < .05) lower than that of the control groups. There was no
significant difference (P < .05) in water holding capacity between treatment
groups. Shear force was significantly lower (P < .05) for the 40% CO2
treatment group, when compared with other immobilization treatments. These
results indicate that CO2 mobilization may have potential application as a
humane stunning technique.
69 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V641
Effect of catching method and lighting intensity on the prevalence of broken bones and on the ease of handling of end-of-lay hens.
Gregory, N.G.; Wilkins, L.J.; Alvey, D.M.; Tucker, S.A. London : The Association; 1993 Feb06.
The Veterinary record : journal of the British Veterinary Association v. 132 (6): p. 127-129; 1993 Feb06. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Bone fractures
70 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 R312
Effect of depth of immersion in the waterbath on the effectiveness of electrical stunning in chickens.
Gregory, N.G.; Wooton, S.B.
London : British Veterinary Association; 1991 Sep.
Research in veterinary science v. 51 (2): p. 200-202; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Stunning; Head; Neck; Body regions; Bioelectric
potential; Animal welfare
Abstract: Broiler chickens were electrically stunned either by immersing their heads, necks and upper breast in a waterbath stunner or by immersing their heads only. The time to recovery of muscular activity was assessed, and it was found that the deeper immersion was associated with a slightly (10 second) shorter time to resumption of head righting. When hens which had previously been implanted with electroencephalogram electrodes were electrically stunned it was found that the incidence of somatosensory evoked responses during the first 60 seconds after applying the current was not influenced by the depth of immersion. It was concluded that depth of immersion had little influence on the effectiveness of electrical stunning.
71 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of diet and population density on male turkeys under various environmental conditions. 2. Body composition and meat yield. Halvorson, J.C.; Waibel, P.E.; Oju, E.M.; Noll, S.L.; El Halawani, M.E. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 935-940; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Stocking density; Dietary fat; Pelleted feeds; Light
regime; Environmental temperature; Carcass yield; Abdominal fat; Carcass
composition; Breast muscle
Abstract: Large White Nicholas male turkeys were reared at two stocking densities (.21 or .46 m2 per bird) and fed one of four diets: 1) control corn and soybean (mash) with 1% fat (CSM); 2) as Diet 1, pelleted (CSP); 3) as Diet 1 with supplemental fat increasing from 1 through 8% with age (CSF); and 4) as Diet 1 with barley at 0, 20, 35, 50, and 65% during successive 4-wk periods (CSB). The turkeys were reared in four environments: (A) intermittent light schedule [4(2 h light (L):4 h dark (D))] with temperature at 7 or 21 C during light and dark photoperiod, respectively, (B) and (D) with intermittent light (2L:4D) with a constant 21 and 7 C temperatures, respectively, (C) continuous light cycle (18L:6D) with temperatures as in Environment A. At 20 wk of age, two turkeys per replicate pen, were killed for determination of body composition and meat yield. Compared with turkeys fed CSM diet, those on CSF and CSP diet had increased percentage carcass fat. Meat yield per bird and percentage carcass fat were greater for turkeys reared at .46 m2 per bird compared with rearing at .21 m2 per bird. Pelleting and fat supplementation resulted in significantly increased amounts of breast meat and leg compared with CSM. Breast meat yield (percentage) and amount were greater at 7 C (Environment D) than at 21 C (Environment B) and the cycling regimen (Environment A). Percentage abdominal fat was greatest at 7 C. Interactions of environment and diet were detected for breast meat yield percentage (P<.023) and weight (P<.036). Diet type had no effect on percentage breast meat or weight in Environment C. An increased amount of breast meat was obtained by feeding CSP in Environments A, B, and D, and dietary fat supplementation increased breast meat yield in Environments A and D over CSM treatment.
72 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of dietary aluminum and vitamin D interaction on growth and calcium and phosphorus metabolism of broiler chicks.
Hussein, A.S.; Cantor, A.H.; Pescatore, A.J.; Johnson, T.H. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Feb. Poultry science v. 72 (2): p. 306-309; 1993 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Broilers; Dietary minerals; Aluminum; Cholecalciferol;
Mineral metabolism; Growth; Blood chemistry
Abstract: The interaction of dietary aluminum (as aluminum sulfate) and vitamin D on growth performance and calcium and phosphorus metabolism was investigated using male broiler chicks. A corn-soybean broiler starter diet, containing .88% Ca and .45% available P and without added cholecalciferol (vitamin D3), was fed with 0 or.2% Al and with 0, 100, or 200 ICU of vitamin D3/kg of diet in a complete factorial arrangement. Four replicate cages of 10 chicks, 1 day of age, were assigned to each dietary treatment. Average body weight gain (328 versus, 545 g), feed intake (611 versus 784 g), gain:feed (.54 versus .68), and plasma inorganic P (4.2 versus 6.7 mg/dL) were significantly reduced (P < .05) in chicks fed diets with .2% Al, compared with those fed 0% Al. These four variables were improved by increasing the level of vitamin D3 in the diet from 0 to 100 ICU/kg. However, further improvements were not obtained by elevating the vitamin D3 level to 200 ICU/kg. There were significant interactions of Al and vitamin D3 on gain, feed intake, and gain:feed, but not on plasma P. Gain and feed intake were significantly decreased by Al at each level of vitamin D3. Plasma total Ca was significantly increased by vitamin D3, but was unaffected by Al. Increasing the level of dietary vitamin D3 did not completely alleviate the negative effects of Al.
73 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of dietary supplemental pyridoxine levels on the hatchability of turkey eggs.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct.
Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1733-1738; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkey eggs; Turkey egg hatchability; Turkey hen feeding;
Pyridoxine; Feed supplements; Maize; Soybean oilmeal; Laying performance; Egg
Abstract: Two identical experiments were conducted each with 120 Large White
turkey hens in individual cages to determine the value of dietary pyridoxine
supplementation for increasing hatchability. The hens were fed a basal corn
and soybean meal diet. Weekly data responses were averaged across 5- to 6-wk
timespans and recorded in three grouped time periods over the reproduction
cycles. The hens were photostimulated at 31 wk of age and at 33 wk of age were
assigned to dietary treatments containing 0, 6, 12, and 18 mg of supplemented
pyridoxine/kg of diet. Thirty hens were fed each dietary treatment. In
Experiment 1, eggs were collected for 4 days in the middle of each time period
and egg yolk and albumen were assayed separately for vitamin B6. Although the
vitamin B6 concentration in egg yolk was stable (1.9 micrograms/g dried
basis), concentrations of vitamin B6 in egg albumen increased with incremental
dietary pyridoxine levels; however, the average level of vitamin B6 in egg
albumen was only 4% of the average level in egg yolk. About 37 micrograms of
vitamin B6 per egg (82 g) was assayed in eggs from all treatments in the
production periods. Incremental dietary levels of supplemented pyridoxine
above the basal (unsupplemented pyridoxine) diet level did not result in
increasing hatchability or egg vitamin B6 levels. Differences were not
observed for 7-day or 28-day embryo deaths among treatments within the three
5- or 6-wk production periods of both experiments.
74 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of early feed restriction on growth, feed conversion, and mortality in brolier chickens.
Fontana, E.A.; Weaver, W.D. Jr; Watkins, B.A.; Denbow, D.M. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug. Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1296-1305; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Restricted feeding; Unrestricted feeding; Diet; Sulfur
amino acids; Protein content; Body weight; Feed conversion efficiency;
Liveweight gain; Mortality; Sex differences
Abstract: Two floor pen and two battery experiments were conducted to
determine the effects of early feed restriction on the performance of
commercial broilers. Feed restriction was induced in all experiments by
providing chicks with 40 kcal of ME per bird per day, commencing at 4 days of
age. Male chicks were feed-restricted for 7 (Experiments 1 and 2) or 6 days
(Experiments 3 and 4), whereas broiler females were restricted for 5 days
(Experiment 1). Ad libitum feeding was resumed after the restriction periods,
and continued through the conclusion of the experiments at 49 Experiments I
and 2) or 28 Experiments 3 and 4) days of age. Broilers provided ad libitum
access to feed for the entire experimental period served as the controls in
each study. Broilers subjected to an early feed restriction had significantly
(P less than or equal to .05) lower mean body weights than controls for all
ages measured in the four experiments. However, feed conversion ratios for
restricted broilers were significantly lower at 28 (Experiments 1 through 4)
and 49 (Experiments 1 and 2) days of age than for birds consuming feed ad
libitum. Through regression analyses, it was estimated that male broilers in
Experiments I and 2 would require approximately 2 additional days to obtain
body weights similar to those observed ion control broilers and would still
maintain a lower feed conversion ratio at this older age. in Experiments I and
2, weekly body weight gains for restricted broilers were significantly lower
than for controls from 0 through 28 days of age. However, restricted broilers
(7 days) in Experiment 2 had significantly higher rates of gain from 29 to 49
days of age than unrestricted controls. Total pen body weights for restricted
and ad libitum groups were similar at 49 days of age in Experiments 1 and 2,
which reflected the significant difference in mortality observed between the
75 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Effect of early handling on growth, mortality and feed efficiency in White Leghorns.
Leonard, M.L.; Fairfull, R.W.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Jul.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 34 (1/2): p. 121-128; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Animal husbandry; Handling; Growth rate; Mortality; Feed
conversion efficiency; Cannibalism
76 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V643
Effect of electrical stunning frequency on ventricular fibrillation, downgrading and broken bones in broilers, hens and quails. Gregory, N.G.; Wilkins, L.J.; Wotton, S.B.
London : Bailliere Tindall; 1991 Jan.
British veterinary journal v. 47 (1): p. 71-77; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Hens; Quails; Stunning; Heart; Electric current; Hemorrhage; Bone fractures; Animal welfare; Carcass quality
Abstract: The effect of stunning current frequency on the incidence of
ventricular fibrillation was determined in broilers and hens. When a pulsed
unipolar square wave (DC) was used the incidence of ventricular fibrillation
decreased as the frequency was increased beyond 125 Hz. When a sinusoidal AC
was used, 50 Hz killed some of the birds whereas at the corresponding r.m.s.
currents no birds experienced a ventricular fibrillation with 1500 Hz. In
quail, it was found that between 45 and 110 mA (50 Hz) all birds experienced a
ventricular fibrillation. The effect of 50, 200 and 350 Hz square wave DC on
carcass downgrading was examined in broilers, and there were no differences
between the groups. It was concluded that there were few advantages from using
high frequency stunning currents in poultry.
77 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
The effect of environmental enrichment during rearing on fear reactions and depopulation trauma in adult caged hens.
Reed, H.J.; Wilkins, L.J.; Austin, S.D.; Gregory, N.G. Amsterdam ; New York : Elsevier, 1984-; 1993 Mar.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (1): p. 39-46; 1993 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Battery cages; Fearfulness; Trauma; Removal
78 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of exposure to operant-controlled microwaves on certain blood and immunological parameters in the young chick.
Braithwaite, L.A.; Morrison, W.D.; Bate, L.; Otten, L.; Hunter, B.; Pei, D.C.T.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar.
Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 509-514; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Broilers; Microwave radiation; Heating; Conditioning;
Responses; Heat stress; Heating costs
Abstract: Twenty-two 1-wk-old broiler chicks (Gallus domesticus) were housed at 16 C and operantly conditioned to activate either a 250-W infrared bulb (control) or a microwave generator delivering 13 mW/cm2 (treated). Plasma corticosterone concentration did not differ between groups (P>.05) at 4 wk of age. At that time the birds were killed, and post-mortem examination revealed no treatment differences in gross morphology of the chicks or in weights of spleen and bursa of Fabricius (P>.05). Histological study of comparable segments of spleen bursa, adrenal, and thyroid tissue did not show differences in any of the chosen parameters (P>.05). Heterophil:lymphocyte ratios, packed cell volume, and total plasma protein content were similar between groups (P>.05). These results suggest that operant exposure to low density microwave radiation did not result in stress or immunological disturbances.
79 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Effect of feather coverage and temperature on layer performance. Peguri, A.; Coon, C.
Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jul. Poultry science v. 72 (7): p. 1318-1329; 1993 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Laying performance; Feed intake; Metabolizable energy;
Feathers; Environmental temperature; Egg weight; Body weight; Egg mass; Energy
cost of maintenance
Abstract: An experiment was conducted with 59-wk-old DeKalb XL White Leghorns to determine the effect of percentage feather coverage (FC) on performance and nutrient intake of layers housed in cold (12.8 C), thermoneutral (23.9 C), and hot (33.9 C) temperatures. At each temperature, 60 hens had 0, 50, or 100% feathers removed and were fed diets containing 2,865 kcal ME/kg. Feed intake of hens housed at 23.9 C (115 g/day for all FC groups) was 25 g/day higher (P < .05) than for hens housed at 33 C and 13 g/day lower (P < .05) than for hens at 12.8 C. The feed intake of hens (across an temperatures) with 100% FC (98 g/day) increased (P <.05) by 26 g/day as FC decreased from 100 to 0%. Percentage hen-day egg production (EP) (across feather treatments) was decreased 7.5 and 6.7% (P < .05) at 12.8 and 33.9 C, respectively, compared with 23.9 C. Total lack of feathers decreased (P < .05) EP from hens with 100% FC by 9.2 and 6.4% at 12.8 and 23.9 C, respectively. Total lack of feathers at 33.9 C increased EP 5.46% compared with 100% FC. Egg weight was reduced 1.9 g (P < .05) at 33.9 C when compared with hens at 23.9 C. Hens without feathers produced a 1.8 g heavier egg (P < .05) than hens with 100% FC. The egg mass (EM) of hens housed at 12.8 and 33.9 C was less than hens at 23.9 C across all feather treatments. Metabolizable energy efficiency (kilocalories ME per gram EM) was improved (P < .05) by the highest temperature across all feather treatments and by increasing FC to 50 or 100% compared with 0% FC. The maintenance ME requirement for hens housed at 12.8 C with 0% FC was 190.4 kcal/kg of BW, which was twice the requirement of hens housed at 33.9 C with 0% FC. Results indicate economic importance of maintaining FC for layers in cold and thermoneutral temperatures and benefits of increased EM output for hens housed in hot climates with partial or complete feather loss.
80 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effect of feed intake on body temperature and water consumption of male broilers during heat exposure.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr.
Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 756-759; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Feed intake; Body temperature; Water intake; Heat
stress; Restricted feeding; Acclimatization
Abstract: Two trials were conducted to study the effect of feed intake on
rectal temperature and water consumption of acclimated and unacclimated
broilers during heat exposure. Male broiler chicks, 100 per trial, were raised
as one group to 29 days for Trial 1 and 36 days for Trial 2. The birds were
moved to environmental chambers and 50 per trial were acclimated by being
subjected to 3 consecutive days of 24 C, 35 C, 24 C cyclic temperature. After
acclimation, the birds were exposed to a linear change in temperature from 24
to 41 C over 3 h with a constant 10 C dewpoint, starting at 0800 h on Day 34
for Trial 1 and on Day 41 for Trial 2. The feeding schedule for the day of the
heat exposure was as follows. For the feed group, feed was removed from the
birds at 0400 h and placed back at 0700 h. For the no feed group, feed was
removed at 0700 h. At 0800 h, feed was removed from all birds but water was
accessible throughout the heat exposure. Acclimated and unacclimated birds
given access to feed for 1 h before a heat exposure consumed 60 and 50 mL of
water per broiler, respectively, during the heat exposure. However, for
broilers not receiving feed, the water consumption was 58 and 30 mL per
broiler, respectively. Acclimated and unacclimated broilers given access to
feed had similar body temperatures, but the acclimated broilers not receiving
feed had a significantly lower ending rectal temperature than the unacclimated
81 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effect of feed restriction and Eimeria maxima infection with or without medication on growth and feed intake in broilers.
Newcombe, M.; Fitz-Coy, S.H.; Harter-Dennis, J.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Sep.
Poultry science v. 71 (9): p. 1442-1449; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Restricted feeding; Eimeria maxima; Experimental infections; Salinomycin; Feed intake; Halofuginone; Compensatory growth; Feed conversion; Intestines; Lesions; Body weight; Abdominal fat; Meat cuts
Abstract: Day-old male broiler chicks were raised in floor pens. At 4 days of
age, birds in 75% of the pens were inoculated with Eimeria maxima via the
feed. There were four dietary treatments: uninoculated, unmedicated control
(UUC), infected, unmedicated control (IUC), infected, halofuginone-medicated
(3 ppm, HM), or infected, salinomycin-medicated (66 ppm, SM). At 6 days of
age, birds in 50% of the pens of each treatment were restricted for 5 days to
their maintenance energy intake level. The remainder consumed feed ad libitum.
Medication reduced growth from 0 to 6 days of age and feed intake was
depressed, irrespective of medication, in infected birds from 0 to 21 days of
age. Growth, however, was improved with intake of coccidiostat over IUC from 6
to 11 days of age but did not match UUC until 28 days of age. At 42 and 49
days of age, infected birds were lighter than UUC birds. Dressing percentage
for HM and SM birds was greater than that of UUC birds at 49 days of age but
HM birds also had a greater percentage of abdominal fat at both 42 and 49 days
of age. Feed restriction resulted in some compensatory growth immediately
following refeeding. Experimental feed:gain ratio was improved in restricted
birds (1.98 versus 2.03 g:g). At 42 and 49 days of age, restricted birds were
lighter than birds eating ad libitum and also had a significantly greater
percentage abdominal fat. A lower breast yield was observed at 42 days of age
in restricted birds.
82 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of feeding palmitic, oleic and linoleic acids to Japanese quail hens (Coturnix coturnix japonica). 1. Reproductive performance and tissue fatty acids.
Vilchez, C.; Touchburn, S.P.; Chavez, E.R.; Chan, C.W. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec. Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2484-2493; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Japanese quails; Palmitic acid; Oleic acid; Linoleic acid; Female fertility; Egg yolk composition; Blood plasma; Egg weight; Egg hatchability; Hatching weight; Cholesterol; Phosphorus; Body weight; Liver
Abstract: A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of diets containing
3% of either palmitic acid (Diet PA), oleic acid (Diet OA), or linoleic acid
(Diet LA) on reproductive performance, fatty acid composition of egg yolk,
plasma and liver, and total plasma phosphorus of Japanese quail. Each diet was
fed to 20 individually caged hens from 5 wk of age. A 24-wk production period
started at 8 wk of age. Fertile eggs for incubation were obtained by placing
at random a male in the cage with the female for 15 to 20 min twice per week.
The males were kept in separate individual cages and fed a turkey grower diet
throughout. Feed consumption, egg production, egg output, and the number of
chicks per hen were higher (P<.05) in birds fed Diet PA than in those fed Diet
OA or Diet LA. Hatchability was not different (P>.05) between Diet PA and Diet
OA, but they were higher (P<.05) than that of Diet LA. Quail weight at hatch
from birds fed Diet LA was heavier (P<.05) than those from Diet OA, but not
different (P>.05) from those fed Diet PA. Total plasma phosphorus
concentration was higher (P<.05) in birds fed Diet PA than in those fed Diet
LA. High levels of oleic and linoleic acids were found in egg yolk, plasma,
and liver lipids from birds fed Diet OA and Diet LA, respectively. Feeding
Diet PA resulted in elevated levels of palmitoleic acid in all three tissues.
The highest overall reproductive performance on Diet PA suggests that palmitic
acid has some physiological role in reproduction. The sustained near-maximal
levels of egg production and fertility achieved in this trial indicate the
superiority of the mating procedure, which would also permit testing the
response of male and female birds while minimizing injuries incurred by the
83 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of fructooliogsaccharide on Salmonella colonization of the chicken intestine.
Bailey, J.S.; Blankenship, L.C.; Cox, N.A.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec.
Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2433-2438; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Salmonella typhimurium; Colonizing ability;
Oligosaccharides; Oral administration; Competitive ability; Stress response;
Abstract: The influence of fructooligosaccharide (FOS) on the ability of
Salmonella typhimurium to grow and colonize the gut of chickens was
investigated. In vitro studies showed that Salmonella did not grow when FOS
was the sole carbon source. When FOS was fed to chicks at the .375% level,
little influence on Salmonella colonization was observed. At the .75% level
12% fewer FOS-fed birds were colonized with Salmonella compared with control
birds. When chicks given a partially protective competitive exclusion (CE)
culture were fed diets supplemented with .75% FOS, only 4 of 21 (19%) chickens
challenged with 10(9) Salmonella cells on Day 7 became colonized as compared
with 14 of 23 (61%) chickens given CE alone. When chickens were stressed by
feed and water deprivation on Day 13 and challenged with 10(9) Salmonella on
Day 14, 33 of 36 (92%) chickens fed a control diet were colonized compared
with only 9 of 36 (25%) chickens fed a .75% FOS diet. Chickens treated with
FOS had a fourfold reduction in the level of Salmonella present in the ceca.
Feeding FOS in the diet of chickens may lead to a shift in the intestinal gut
microflora, and under some circumstances may result in reduced susceptibility
to Salmonella colonization.
84 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V641
Effect of husbandry system on broken bones and bone strength in hens. Gregory, N.G.; Wilkins, L.J.; Kestin, S.C.; Belyavin, C.G.; Alvey, D.M. London : The Association; 1991 Apr27.
The Veterinary record : journal of the British Veterinary Association v. 128 (17): p. 397-399; 1991 Apr27. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Poultry housing; Molting; Bone fractures; Bone strength;
Battery husbandry; Cages; Deep litter housing
85 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Effect of infectious bursal disease virus vaccines on persistence and pathogenicity of modified live reovirus vaccines in chickens. Montgomery, R.D.; Maslin, W.R.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Jan. Avian diseases v. 35 (1): p. 147-157; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Live vaccines; Infectious bursal disease virus; Avian
reovirus; Pathogenicity; Persistence; Safety; Disease prevention; Stress;
Tendons; Bursa fabricii; Lesions
Abstract: Two commercially available live reovirus vaccines, alone or in combination with two infectious bursal disease virus (IBDV) vaccines, were evaluated for safety and efficacy in specific-pathogen-free leghorn chicks. Four trials were conducted to evaluate the vaccine combinations. At periodic intervals during the trials, tissues were collected and assayed for residual reovirus and examined for histological changes. Six weeks following reovirus vaccination, all treatment groups were challenged with a virulent field isolate of reovirus and sampled 1 week later for the final time. The two reovirus vaccines were safe and effective if given at 1 week of age, regardless of whether the vaccinates had been exposed to IBDV at 1 day. However, both reovirus vaccines persisted in the tendons of 1-day-old vaccinates. The effects of IBDV vaccines were generally minor and reflected by increases in the number of pre-challenge or post-challenge virus recoveries from some of the treatment groups receiving both type vaccines.
86 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of modifications of semen diluent with cell culture serum replacements on fresh and stored turkey semen quality and hen fertility. Bakst, M.; Cecil, H.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Apr. Poultry science v. 71 (4): p. 754-764; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Semen diluents; Spermatozoa; Culture media; Motility;
Artificial insemination; Turkey egg fertility; Viability; Computer analysis;
Abstract: Two commercially available serum replacements formulated as
supplements to somatic cell culture media were used with a turkey semen
diluent to determine their effect on semen quality and spermatozoal fecundity
before and after semen storage for 24 h. Progressive motility estimates
(visual) and spermatozoal motility characteristics estimated by a
computer-assisted semen analysis system, and sperm viability tests (the
ethidium bromide exclusion procedure and a sperm stress test) were used to
evaluate the semen. Although the presence of the serum replacements
significantly increased spermatozoal motility, fertility was not augmented by
the presence of the serum replacements. Computer-derived spermatozoal velocity
and the percentage of nonviable spermatozoa estimated by the sperm stress test
were negatively correlated with hen fertility. It was concluded that although
the serum replacements augmented some spermatozoal motility characteristics,
they failed to improve the fecundity of spermatozoa either before or after
semen storage for 24 h.
87 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of number of hens per nipple waterer on the performance of several strains of layers in cages.
Gernat, A.G.; Adams, A.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug.
Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1292-1295; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Strain differences; Floor pens; Water intake; Nipple
drinkers; Laying performance; Liveweight gain; Egg weight; Feed intake; Feed
Abstract: Two experiments were designed to study the effects of housing in
cages with several hens per nipple waterer (HPN) ratios on performance of
several strains of White Leghorn pullets. In Experiment 1, only body weight
gain and water consumption were significantly affected by the HPN; hens at the
2:1 HPN gained more weight and consumed more water per day than those at the
4:1 HPN. The lack of a significant strain by HPN interaction indicated that
the four strains responded similarly to the different HPN ratios. In
Experiment 2, hens in cages with 3.5:1 and 7:1 HPN consumed significantly more
water and feed than those in cages with 10:1 and 14:1 HPN. In both
experiments, the HPN had no significant effect on age at sexual maturity, egg
production, mortality, and egg weight, but efficiency of feed usage for egg
production decreased with the 3.5:1 and 7:1 HPN.
88 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of overcooked soybean meal on turkey performance. Lee, H.; Garlich, J.D.; Ferket, P.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec. Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2509-2515; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Soybean oilmeal; Liveweight gain; Feed conversion efficiency; Heat processing; Dietary protein; Solubility; In vitro
Abstract: Three turkey growth experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of over cooked soybean meal (SBM) on BW gain and gain:feed ratio (FE). On two occasions soybean meals were custom prepared by changing the temperature and the retention time (RT) of the desolventizer-toaster unit at a commercial soybean processing plant. Three different meals were produced for each occasion mainly by altering RT from normal to approximately 1.35 and 2.43 times normal operating conditions (designated SBM1 to 3 on the first occasion and SBM4 to 6 on the second occasion). For SBM1 to 6, urease activities were .06, .00, .00, .20, .01 and .00 delta pH, protein solubilities in .1 M borate at 40 C were 44, 45, 16, 44, 32, and 24%, and protein solubilities in 2% KOH were 86, 84, 76, 90, 85, and 85%, respectively. In two sequential long-term experiments, SBM1 to 3 were fed to turkeys from 0 to 8 wk, then a control (normal processing conditions, SBMF), was fed to the all treatment groups from 8 to 12 wk of age. The SBM4 to 6 were fed from 12 to 18 wk of age after rerandomizing treatment allocation of replicate pens. In the first trial, poults fed SBM3 showed significantly reduced BW gain from 3 wk on and a lower FE shown at 9 wk. No difference in BW gain and FE was observed in the trial from 12 to 18 wk. In a 15-day, short-term experiment starting with 3-day-old poults and feeding diets containing SBM2 to 6, BW gain and FE did not differ among treatment groups. It is concluded that SBM did not show a detrimental effect on turkey growth until it was overcooked by 2.4 times the normal conditions. The usual operating conditions in a commercial processing plant are well within the range for producing adequate SBM for poultry feed.
89 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Effect of perches in laying cages on welfare and production of hens. Duncan, E.T.; Appleby, M.C.; Hughes, B.O.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Mar.
British poultry science v. 33 (1): p. 25-35; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Battery cages; Perches
90 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of peripheral foot cooling on metabolic rate and thermoreregulation of fed and fasted chicken hens in a hot environment.
Muiruri, H.K.; Harrison, P.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jan.
Poultry science v. 70 (1): p. 74-79; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Feet; Cooling; Perches; Heat stress; Metabolism; Fasting; Environmental temperature; Polypnea; Heat production; Body temperature
91 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of rearing floor type and ten-day beak trimming on stress and performance of caged layers.
Struwe, F.J.; Gleaves, E.W.; Douglas, J.H.; Bond, P.L. Jr Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan. Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 70-75; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Beak; Debeaking; Stress; Body weight; Feed intake; Egg
production; Floors; Wire netting; Litter; Feathers; Adrenal glands; Heart;
Spleen; Weight; Blood; Corticosterone
Abstract: Beak trimming pullets at an early age is a widespread industry practice. There is some concern that this practice may have effects on the subsequent performance of the birds in the production phase. Effects of beak treatment (trimmed or untrimmed) and rearing floor type (litter or wire) on performance of caged layers were evaluated in a 2 X 2 factorial arrangement of treatments. Pullets that were trimmed or untrimmed at 10 days of age and reared on either litter or wire floors were placed in a cage house. Production factors and stress measurements were recorded to determine detrimental effects of the early trimming and rearing floor types. No interactions (P=.15) between rearing floor type and beak treatment were observed for BW, feed consumption, egg production, heart weight, spleen weight, or blood corticosterone. However, an interaction (P=.02) between rearing floor type and beak treatment was observed for adrenal weight. There were no differences (P=.08) in the final BW of the pullets. Birds reared on litter ate considerably (P=.0002) more than those reared on wire. There were no differences (P=.27) in egg production rate. Adrenal weights were different (P=.007), with the litter-raised birds having much smaller adrenals at the end of the 36-wk trial. Hearts of the beak-trimmed birds were smaller (P=.02) than those of the untrimmed birds. There were no differences in spleen weights (P=.07) or blood corticosterone levels (P=.07). Differences in the feather cover were observed.
92 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of roost temperature on performance of chickens in hot ambient environments.
Muiruri, H.K.; Harrison, P.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Nov.
Poultry science v. 70 (11): p. 2253-2258; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Laying performance; Air temperature; Heat stress; Chicken
housing; Egg weight; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Egg fertility; Egg
Abstract: A split-plot experiment was conducted in thermally controlled
chambers using Columbian Plymouth Rock chickens to determine the effect of
water-cooled roosts on performance in hot ambient conditions. The birds were
subjected to 25 +/- 1, 35 +/- 1, and 25 +/- 1 C ambient temperature treatments
for 2, 3, and 2 wk, respectively. Roost temperature treatments were either
cool (20 +/- 1 C) or air-equilibrated (25 +/- 1 or 35 +/- 1 C). The
performance parameters evaluated were percentage hen-day egg production, egg
weight, feed intake, feed conversion, fertility, and hatchability. Birds
subjected to the water-cooled roost treatment had consistently higher
performance than birds using the air-equilibrated roost under all three
ambient temperatures. Both ambient and roost temperature treatments
significantly influenced percentage hen-day egg production, average daily feed
intake, and percentage hatchability (P<-.05). However, the biggest differences
in performance were observed during the heat-stress period. Decreases in
performance during the heat-stress period from the thermoneutral control
values were: 5.95 and 13.1 percentage points for hen-day egg production, 22.2
and 34.8 percentage points for average daily feed intake, and 5.17 and 15.38
percentage points for hatchability in water-cooled and air-equilibrated roost
treatments, respectively. The ambient and roost temperature treatments did not
significantly affect egg weight, feed conversion, or percentage fertility. The
improved performance with water-cooled over air-equilibrated roost treatments,
especially during heatstress periods, indicates that the water-cooled roosts
minimized the deleterious effects of heat stress through conductive heat loss
from the birds to the roost.
93 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AM3A
Effect of short-term exposure of chickens to corticosterone on resistance to challenge exposure with Escherichia coli and antibody response to sheep erythrocytes.
Schaumburg, Ill. : American Veterinary Medical Association; 1992 Mar. American journal of veterinary research v. 53 (3): p. 291-293; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Corticosterone; Disease resistance; Pericarditis; Escherichia coli; Antibody formation; Dosage; Timing; Erythrocytes; Sheep
Abstract: Chickens in a low-stress environment (heterophil/lymphocyte ratio
0.31) were given feed containing 30, 40, or 60 mg of corticosterone/kg of feed
for 0.5 hour. Between 0.5 to 12 hours later, chickens were exposed to
Escherichia coli via the air sac route. For each dose of corticosterone, there
was an untreated control group that was exposed to E coli via the air sac
route. The prevalence of pericarditis was reduced from 78 to 7% between 2 and
4 hours after exposure. Resistance was associated with heterophil/lymphocyte
(H/L) ratios greater than 1.04. Peak H/L ratios correlated positively with
amount of corticosterone in the feed. In one experiment, chickens were
inoculated IV with sheep erythrocytes at various times after consumption of
feed containing corticosterone. Suppression of antibody responsiveness was
most pronounced 4 hours later. Antibody responsiveness correlated positively
with lymphocyte numbers. Histologic examination of air sacs was made following
euthanasia at various times after E coli exposure. Lesions observed in control
chickens included: edema at 0.5 hour, beginning of heterophil infiltration at
1 hour, increased edema and heterophil infiltration at 2 hours, and severe
edema and heterophil infiltration at 4 hours. Lesions were not observed in
chickens that had been given feed containing 40 mg of corticosterone/kg of
94 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Effect of stresses before slaughter on changes to the physiological, biochemical and physical characteristics of duck muscle. Chen, M.T.; Lin, S.S.; Lin, L.C.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Dec.
British poultry science v. 32 (5): p. 997-1004; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Ducks; Duck meat; Stress; Meat quality
95 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effect of time of feeding oviposition on time and production parameters in broiler breeders.
Wilson, H.R.; Keeling, L.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb.
Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 254-259; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Breeding life; Hen feeding; Egg production; Timing; Egg
shell thickness; Egg weight
Abstract: In Experiment 1, four pens of 90 Ross dwarf broiler breeder hens
and 9 cocks each were assigned to feeding times of 0830, 1130, and 1430 h.
Eggs were collected hourly from 0800 to 1600 h, 5 days/wk for 4 wk. In
Experiment 2, five pens of 30 Arbor Acres hens and 3 cocks each were assigned
to feeding times of 0830, 1130, 1430, and 1730 h. Eggs were collected hourly
from 0700 to 1600 for Days 6 through 10 of a 10-day treatment period. Feeding
time did not significantly change oviposition time in dwarf broiler breeders,
except for an increase in oviposition at 1600 h for hens fed at 1130 and 1430
h. Peak oviposition times were 1000 and 1100 h with distribution of
ovipositions throughout the day. Egg weight shell thickness, and egg
production were not significantly affected by feeding time. In the
standard-sized strain afternoon feeding times significantly increased the
proportion of afternoon ovipositions. The incidence of floor, dirty, cracked
and abnormal eggs was not significantly changed by feeding time in either
96 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effectiveness of zinc bacitracin on production traits and energy metabolism of heat-stressed hens compared with hens kept under moderate temperature. Manner, K.; Wang, K.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Oct. Poultry science v. 70 (10): p. 2139-2147; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Heat stress; Zinc bacitracin; Heat production; Heat
tolerance; Egg shell quality; Critical temperature; Feed intake; Mode of
Abstract: Two experiments with a total of 100 White Leghorn hens (26 to 59 wk
of age) and 120 Rhode Island Red chickens (4 to 12 wk of age) were conducted
to study the effect of 100 mg zinc bacitracin (ZBA)/kg of feed on hens and
chickens acclimatized to 20 or 34 C environments. Layers were provided ad
libitum access to a diet containing 11.12 MJ ME/kg (1 MJ=.239 Mcal) and 174 g
CP/kg supplemented with 0 and 100 mg ZBA/kg. Body weight gain, egg number,
total egg mass, and feed efficiency of ZBA-treated hens kept at a moderate
temperature (20 C) were not significantly improved by 3.5, 2.6. 3.3, and 3.1%,
respectively. However ZBA supplementation induced a more pronounced increase
in performance in heat-stressed hens. The respective traits were significantly
improved by 66.3, 15.4, 16.9, and 5.9%. Additionally, treated hens maintained
at 34 C consumed significantly more feed than untreated hens. Eggshell
breaking strength of treated hens held under normal conditions was not
significantly improved. Feeding ZBA to heat-stressed hens led to a
statistically higher breaking strength. Supplementation with ZBA for hens
acclimatized to 20 and 34 C reduced fasting heat production by 4.1 and 7.6%,
respectively. However, in the 20 C environment the differences were
significant at only one of seven ages. The upper critical temperature (UCT) of
ZBA-treated hens increased significantly at both temperatures from 34 to 42 wk
of age relative to the control group. No significant effects of ZBA on UCT
were observed at 24 to 32 wk and 40 to 52 wk of age. Heat tolerance of
chickens 4 to 12 wk of age fed ZBA was significantly improved by 23.7% (20 C)
and 51.2% (34 C). Results indicated a clear response of ZBA on improving
performance of hens acclimatized to 34 C, which was due to overall heat
production, especially for hens kept at constant high temperature. The effect
of ZBA on hens housed under thermoneutral (20 C) conditions was not
97 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 R312
Effects of age, sex and housing on the trabecular bone of laying strain domestic fowl.
Wilson, S.; Duff, S.R.I.; Whitehead, C.C.
London : British Veterinary Association; 1992 Jul.
Research in veterinary science v. 53 (1): p. 52-58; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Osteoporosis; Osteomalacia; Bones; Volume; Age differences; Sex differences; Normal values; Cages; Floor pens
Abstract: To determine the effects of age, sex and housing on trabecular bone
volume, samples were collected from groups of male and female domestic fowl
housed in cages or floor pens from four to 60 weeks old. Between 25 and 60
weeks old, trabecular bone volume decreased by 25 per cent in sections of free
thoracic vertebrae (T5) from female birds, the loss occurring at an earlier
age in caged birds. Over the sample period, TBV in male caged birds diminished
by 35 per cent, but male floor birds showed no reduction in trabecular bone
volume. At 60 weeks, trabecular bone volume was 30 per cent greater in male
caged birds and 40 per cent greater in male floor birds than in the
corresponding females. In reproductively active females, no trabecular osteoid
was observed, indicating no new trabecular bone formation. However, trabecular
osteoid was present in two birds aged 60 weeks which had regressed ovaries.
Osteomalacia was not seen in any of the bone samples.
98 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of air humidity during incubation and age after hatch on heat tolerance of neonatal male and female chicks.
Hamdy, A.M.M.; Hel, W. van der; Henken, A.M.; Galal, A.G.; Abd-Elmoty, A.K.I. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jul. Poultry science v. 70 (7): p. 1499-1506; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Humidity; Heat tolerance; Sex differences; Weight losses;
Body weight; Newborn animals; Hatching date; Hatching weight; Egg weight; Heat
stress; Heat production; Body temperature; Mortality
Abstract: Effects of incubation 45 versus 55% relative humidity (RH) and
early versus late hatching time on heat tolerance of neonatal male and female
chicks were studied. Chicks were exposed for 48 h to temperatures of 35
(Experiment 1), 37 (Experiment 2), or 39 C (Experiment 3). Chicks that hatched
from eggs incubated at 45% RH were lighter at hatch than chicks that hatched
from eggs incubated at 55% RH. Chicks that hatched from eggs incubated at 55%
RH lost more body weight and water during heat exposure than those that
hatched from eggs incubated at 45% RH. Body weight and water loss during heat
exposure of chicks that hatched early and late was similar. However, chicks
that hatched late maintained their initial heat production and respiratory
quotient better during heat exposure than chicks that hatched early. Body
weight and water loss of male and female chicks was similar. At 37 and 39 C,
heat production of chicks fell to lower values during the 2nd day of exposure
compared with the 1st day. It was concluded that chicks that hatched late,
i.e., with a short holding period in the hatcher, and coming from eggs
incubated at 45% RH had increased heat tolerance in comparison with the other
99 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of amino acid restriction during starter and grower periods on subsequent performance and incidence of leg disorders in male Large White turkeys.
Waldroup, P.W.; Adams, M.H.; Waldroup, A.L.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 May.
Poultry science v. 72 (5): p. 816-828; 1993 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Amino acids; Legs; Abnormalities; Diet; Growth;
Performance; Carcass composition; Restricted feeding; Body weight; Feed
conversion efficiency; Age differences
Abstract: Male Nicholas Large White turkeys were fed diets formulated to meet
a minimum of 100, 110, or 120% of NRC (1984) amino acid recommendations. There
were three periods when 75% of recommended standards were fed: 0 to 3 wk, 0 to
6 wk, or 6 to 12 wk. A fourth (control) group was not restricted at any time.
Four pens of 12 males were fed each amino acid by restriction combination. At
18 wk, leg scores were assigned to all birds and representative samples of
birds processed for parts yield. All birds fed restricted diets had
significantly lower BW at 18 wk than unrestricted controls but did not differ
in feed utilization. Dietary amino acid levels significantly influenced BW and
feed utilization, but there was no interaction with restriction times. There
were no significant effects of amino acid levels or restriction times on
incidence of leg disorders. Breast meat yields (quantity and percentage of
carcass) were significantly influenced by both restriction time and amino acid
levels. There seemed to be little if any compensatory gain following amino
acid restriction in these studies.
100 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Effects of ascorbic acid on stress and disease in chickens. Gross, W.B.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 688-692; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Ascorbic acid; Stress; Fowl diseases; Disease resistance;
Furaltadone; Neutrophils; Lymphocytes; Corticotropin; Feed conversion
efficiency; Newcastle disease virus; Mycoplasma gallisepticum; Escherichia
Abstract: White Leghorn chickens were given feed containing 100 mg of
ascorbic acid (AA)/kg. One day later, treated chickens and a similar group of
unmedicated control chickens were chilled for 1 hour at 6 C, exposed to an
unusual sound, fasted, or subjected to rough handling. Heterophil:lymphocytes
(H:L) ratios were determined one day later. The AA-treated birds had
significantly lower H:L ratios than untreated controls. Chickens that received
a diet containing AA had lower H:L ratios than controls (0.86 vs. 1.65)
following administration of adrenocorticotropic hormone. Chickens fed a diet
containing AA showed increased resistance to a combined Newcastle disease
virus-Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection and to a secondary Escherichia coli
infection, as well as to a primary E. coli challenge infection. The effects of
AA and an antibacterial drug (furaltadone) were additive. In all experiments,
the optimum dose of AA was 100 mg/kg of feed. There was a negative correlation
between AA level in the diet and feed efficiency.
101 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of bird density on Salmonella contamination of prechill carcasses. Waldroup, A.L.; Skinner, J.T.; Hierholzer, R.E.; Kopek, J.M.; Waldroup, P.W. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 May. Poultry science v. 71 (5): p. 844-849; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Salmonella typhimurium; Carcasses; Stocking density; Floor pens; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Mortality; Infections; Incidence
Abstract: Two similar trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of bird
density on Salmonella contamination of processed broilers. Commercial strain
broiler clucks were reared in floor pens on new litter at densities of 557,
619, 697, 796, 929, and 1,115 cm2 per bird. Twenty percent of the chicks in
each density were gavaged directly into the crop with .5 mL of 108
nalidixic-acid-resistant (NAR) Salmonella typhimurium on Day 2. Twenty percent
of the uninoculated birds in each density category were processed at 42 days.
Prechill carcasses were evaluated for NAR Salmonella incidence using the whole
carcass rinse technique and a mechanical shaking device. The resulting NAR
Salmonella contamination rates (from lowest to highest bird densities) were as
follows: 55, 4.2, 35.7, 34.3, 88.9, and 20% in Trial 1; and 30, 20.8, 28.6,
50, 58.3, and 30% in Trial 2. A random sample of the prechill carcasses of
gavaged birds indicated a contamination rate of 13.8% in Trial 1 and 61.1% in
Trial 2. The NAR Salmonella contamination rates of the prechill carcasses did
not appear to be affected by the bird densities evaluated in these trials.
Feed intake and body weight at 42 days were adversely affected by the highest
bird density, but feed utilization was not affected.
102 NAL Call. No.: QP1.C6
The effects of chronic exposure to elevated environmental temperature on intestinal morphology and nutrient absorption in the domestic fowl (Gallus domesticus).
Mitchell, M.A.; Carlisle, A.J.
Elmsford, N.Y.: Pergamon Press; 1992 Jan.
Comparative biochemistry and physiology : A : Comparative physiology v. 101 (1): p. 137-142; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Jejunum; Galactose; Methionine; Intestinal absorption;
Morphology; Environmental temperature; Heat stress; Food intake; Growth rate;
Triiodothyronine; Thyroxine; Glucagon; Hypothyroidism
Abstract: Exposure of growing broiler chickens to elevated environmental
temperature (35 degrees C) for two weeks, markedly reduced food intake (29%)
and growth rate (37%) compared to birds maintained at 22 degrees C. These
changes in growth were accompanied by increased in vivo jejunal uptakes of
galactose (36%) and methionine (50%) measured per unit intestinal dry weight.
Both the electrogenic (phloridzin sensitive) and non-electrogenic (phloridzin
insensitive) components of galactose absorption were increased by 24 and 52%
respectively during the chronic heat stress. The size of the absorptive
compartment may be reduced by the heat stress as reflected by decreased villus
heights (19%) and wet (26%) and dry (31%) weights per unit length of jejunum.
It is suggested that the changes in hexose and amino acid during chronic
exposure to elevated ambient temperature may reflect adaptations to optimise
nutrient absorption in the face of reduced nutrition and decreases in the size
of the absorptive compartment. A functional hypothyroidism (plasma luminal T3
decreased by 66%) associated with heat stress may contribute to the observed
alterations in jejunal structure and function.
103 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effects of darkling beetles on broiler performance. Skewes, P.A.; Monroe, J.L.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 1034-1036; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Alphitobius diaperinus; Infestation; Litter; Fowl
diseases; Mortality; Feed conversion
Abstract: Six polyvinylchlorine pipe darkling beetle traps were placed in 20
commercial broiler production facilities, and the relative level of beetle
infestation was determined from weekly sampling during 4 wk of the growout
period. The average number of beetles found at each facility was compared with
the following production parameters: mortality, feed conversion, condemnation
rate, and production cost. In the 20 commercial broiler flocks evaluated, the
level of darkling beetles within the facility was not related to any of the
production parameters measured.
104 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of dietary aluminum and niacin on chick tibiae. Johnson, N.E.; Harland, B.F.; Ross, E.; Gautz, L.; Dunn, M.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jul. Poultry science v. 71 (7): p. 1188-1195; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Tibia; Dietary minerals; Aluminum; Nicotinic acid; Bone strength; Bone ash; Feed intake; Feed conversion efficiency; Mineral content
Abstract: Effects of dietary aluminum chloride and niacin on bone mineral
content and bone structural measurements were studied using young male Leghorn
chicks. Standard chick rations containing .8% Ca and .4 or .5% available P
were fed as control diets in three experiments. Experimental diets contained
.05, .1, or.3% Al, or 1.0 or 1.5% niacin, or both and were fed for 2 wk. Tibia
weights were decreased by 1.5% niacin, .3% Al, and by .1% Al plus 1.5% niacin
(P < .05). Breaking strength of tibiae was decreased (P < .05) by 1.5% niacin,
.1% Al, and .1% Al plus 1.5% niacin. Ultimate stress, which is force per unit
area, was decreased by .3% Al and .05% Al plus 1.5% niacin (P < .05). Niacin
had no significant effect on bone mineral content. In Experiment 3, .3% Al
decreased P, Ca, Mg and Zn content of the tibiae (P < .05). These findings
indicate that feeding high levels of supplemental niacin results in decreased
bone strength in chicks with no change in mineral content of the tibiae.
Aluminum fed at levels of .3% of the diet causes a decrease in bone strength
with concomitant changes in bone mineral content.
105 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of dietary amino acids levels on bone development in broiler chickens. Skinner, J.T.; Beasley, J.N.; Waldroup, P.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 941-946; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Bone formation; Tibia; Bone ash; Dietary minerals; Bone
strength; Growth; Calcium; Amino acids; Feed intake; Histology; Bone
Abstract: Studies with several species suggest that dietary protein may influence bone calcification. Six pens of six male broilers in two consecutive trails were fed from 1 to 21 days either .5 or 1.0% Ca in diets with 80, 90, 100, 110, or 120% of the amino acid (AA) standards suggested by Thomas et al. in 1986 at a constant .46% nonphytate P. The BW add feed conversion rate (FCR) were determined, and bone measurements were taken. Both AA and Ca levels influenced BW with an interaction of the two factors. The Ca level, but not AA level influenced FCR. The lower Ca level inhibited feed intake. Increasing AA levels reduced bone ash but did not affect tibia breaking strength. There was an interaction of AA and Ca on tibia ash, tibia weight, and tibia length. The higher AA levels supported normal linear growth of the tibia but decreased rate of calcification, especially in the diets with .5% Ca. In diets with marginal Ca levels, higher AA levels may reduce bone calcification.
106 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of dietary fat source on sudden death syndrome and cardiac sarcoplasmic reticular calcium transport in broiler chickens. Chung, H.C.; Guenter, W.; Rotter, R.G.; Crow, G.H.; Stanger, N.E. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Feb. Poultry science v. 72 (2): p. 310-316; 1993 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Dietary fat; Tallow; Sunflower oil; Mortality; Heart diseases; Incidence; Phospholipids; Calcium; Cell membranes
Abstract: Wheat and soybean diets supplemented with either tallow or
sunflower oil (SFO) were fed to broiler chicks. Variables examined included
performance, incidence of sudden death syndrome (SDS), and cardiac
sarcoplasmic reticular (SR) calcium transport. The phospholipid content of
head tissues was also determined. Birds fed the SFO diet gained significantly
(P < .05) more weight over the first 21 days of age and had a significantly
better feed:gain ratio (P < .01). The incidence of SDS mortality up to 39 days
of age was also lower (P < .05) for SFO-fed birds than for those fed the
tallow diet. Calcium (45Ca2+) uptake and calcium-magnesium
5'-adenosinetriphosphatase (Ca2+ + Mg2+-ATPase) activity in cardiac SR
vesicles did not differ due to diet (P > .05). However, compared with similar
weight pen-mates showing no disease signs, SDS birds had depressed 45Ca2+
uptake (P < .01) and Ca(2+) + Mg2+-ATPase activity (P < .05) of cardiac SR
vesicles. The phosphatidylcholine concentration in the cell membranes of heart
tissue of tallow-fed birds was significantly higher (P < .05) than in SFO-fed
chicks. No differences were seen in other phospholipid constituents. The SDS
birds, however, had significantly (P < .05) lower phosphatidylethanolamine
plus phosphatidylglycerol, sphingomyelin, and total phospholipid
concentrations in the heart tissues than the pen-mate controls. The results
support the hypotheses that SDS in broilers is a cardiac dysfunction
associated with defective cardiac SR membrane function and that dietary fat
type is implicated with the syndrome.
107 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of different coccidiostats on performance of large white turkeys. Cabel, M.C.; Waldroup, P.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 241-249; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Coccidia; Coccidiosis; Coccidiostats; Liveweight gain; Body weight; Dietary fat; Feed intake; Feed conversion
Abstract: Two trials were conducted to evaluate the effects of feeding
various anticoccidial products to turkeys to 8 wk and then growing to market
age (16 wk for hens and 20 wk for toms). Anticoccidials evaluated in the first
trial included amprolium at 187.5 mg/kg for 0 to 4 wk and 125 mg/kg for 4 to 8
wk butynorate at 375 mg/kg for 0 to 8 wk, monensin at both 60 (MON-60) and 100
mg/kg for 0 to 8 wk; zoalene at 187.5 mg/kg for 0 to 4 wk and 125 mg/kg for 4
to 8 wk; and halofuginone at 3 mg/kg for 0 to 8 wk. In the second trial MON-60
was replaced by a combination of sulfadimethoxine (62.5 mg/kg) plus ormetoprim
(37.5 Mg/kg) for 0 to 8 wk. In each trial each treatment was fed to four pens
of 16 hens and four pens of 12 toms. Several of the anticoccidials
significantly influenced the weight of both hens and toms by producing lower
weights at the end of the 8-wk feeding period than birds in other treatments.
However, after removal of the anticoccidials, compensatory gains were observed
in almost every instance. Significant effects of previous anticoccidial
feeding were noted on body weight of hens at 16 wk but not on weights of toms
at 20 wk.
108 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Effects of different floor types and levels of washing of waterers on broiler performance and bacteria count of drinking water.
Andrews, L.D.; Stamps, L.K.; Moore, R.W.; Newberry, L.A. Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jul. Poultry science v. 72 (7): p. 1224-1229; 1993 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Floors; Drinkers; Drinking water; Bacterial count;
Broiler performance; Washing; Body weight; Breast blisters; Follicles; Carcass
quality; Feed conversion; Mortality
Abstract: The objective of the present experiment was to determine the effect
of different flooring materials and washing of waterers on broiler
performance. The floor treatments were 1) black, plastic-coated expanded
metal, relatively rigid (B); 2) white plastic, semi-rigid, with rectangular
openings (WR); 3) white plastic, semi-rigid, with square openings (WS); and 4)
3 cm of rice huh litter (C). One hanging waterer was placed in each pen. Wash
treatments were 1) trough and bell washed every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
(AW); 2) wash trough only on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (TW); and 3) the
waterers were never washed after the 2nd wk (NW). Broilers reared on C has
significantly lower BW than those broilers on B floors. Broilers reared on the
B and WS floors had significantly higher breast blister scores and percentage
of birds with blisters than broilers reared on C floors. Broilers reared on C
had lower enlarged feather follicle scores than those reared on afl raised
floors and a lower percentage of enlarged feather follicles than those
broilers reared on WS or WR floors. Broilers reared on WS+TW had significantly
better feed conversion than WS+AW, B+TW, and B+AW treatments. Broilers reared
on WR+TW treatment were significantly higher in breast blister score than
broilers reared on WR+AW, C+TW, and C+AW treatments. Broilers reared on C+TW
and C+AW treatments were significantly lower in breast blister score except
for broilers reared on C+NW, WR+AW, and WS+AW treatments. Broilers reared on
C+NW treatment were significantly lower in enlarged feather follicle score
than those broilers reared on B+TW, WR+AW, and WS+NW treatments. Broilers
reared on C+TW and C+AW were significantly lower in enlarged feather follicle
score than all treatments except C+NW treatment. Broilers reared on WR+TW and
WS+AW treatments were significantly higher in percentage enlarged feather
follicles than all C treatments and B+NW treatment. Broilers reared on C+TW
and C+AW treatments had significantly lower percentage enlarged feather
follicles than all treatments except C+NW and B+NW treatments. Little
difference was found among floor types and wash treatments for bacteria count
of the drinking water.
109 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Effects of environmental enrichment and gentle handling on behaviour and fear responses of transported broilers.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Jun.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 33 (4): p. 367-380; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Transport of animals; Fearfulness; Animal behavior;
Environment; Enrichment; Handling
110 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of feed restriction and subsequent gorging with limited access to water on male turkeys fed graded levels of monensin.
Watkins, K.L.; Novilla, M.N.; Campi, T.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Apr. Poultry science v. 72 (4): p. 677-683; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Restricted feeding; Diet; Monensin; Toxicity;
Unrestricted feeding; Water intake; Feed intake; Performance; Muscles;
Abstract: A floor pen study was conducted to determine the effects of feed
restriction with subsequent gorging and water restriction on 5- to 10-wk-old
toms fed graded levels of monensin. Eight treatments were factorially arranged
with four levels of dietary monensin (0, 60, 100, and 140 ppm) and two
feeding-watering regimens (ad libitum and restricted). Restricted birds had
access to feed daily from 0800 to 1200 h and had no access to water during
this period. The ad libitum birds had full access to feed and water. Feed
restriction decreased (P < .01) feed intake, body weight gain, and mortality
but had no effect (P > .10) on feed:gain ratio. The mortality rate of
restricted birds was 82% less (P < .01) than that of ad libitum birds.
Monensin fed at either 100 or 140 ppm reduced (P <.05) the feed intake of ad
libitum birds, but had no effect on the feed intake of restricted birds.
Increasing the level of dietary monensin linearly increased (P < .05) gain,
however, this effect was more evident in restricted birds than in ad libitum
birds. Feed efficiency was linearly improved (P < .01) by increasing levels of
dietary monensin regardless of feeding regimen. Monensin had no (P > .10)
influence on the incidence of mortality. No treatment-related abnormalities
were observed during either interim or terminal necropsies. Neither clinical
signs of ionophore toxicity nor pathologic findings attributed to monensin
treatment were observed during the study. Under the conditions of this
experiment, the gorging of monensin treated (60 to 140 ppm) feed without
access to water will not adversely affect the health status, or increase the
mortality rate, of 5- to 10-wk-old male turkeys.
111 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of feeding Fusarium moniliforme culture material, containing known levels of fumonisin B1, on the young broiler chick.
Weibking, T.S.; Ledoux, D.R.; Bermudez, A.J.; Turk, J.R.; Rottinghaus, G.E.; Wang, E.; Merrill, A.H. Jr
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Mar. Poultry science v. 72 (3): p. 456-466; 1993 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Gibberella fujikuroi; Mycotoxins; Dosage effects; Sphingosine; Culture media; Broilers; Feed intake; Liveweight gain; Feed conversion; Blood chemistry; Blood picture; Organs; Weight; Liver
Abstract: The effects of feeding Fusarium moniliforme culture material,
containing known concentrations of fumonisin B1 (FB1), were studied in broiler
chicks. Day-old chicks were allotted randomly to dietary treatments containing
0, 1.02, 2.04, 3.06, 4.08, 5.10, 6.12, and 7.14% fumonisin culture material
(FCM). These levels of FCM supplied 0, 75, 150, 225, 300, 375, 450, and 525 mg
of FB1/kg of feed. Each dietary treatment was fed to four pen replicates of
six birds each for 21 days. Chicks fed FCM that supplied 450 and 525 mg FB1/kg
diet had lower (P < .05) feed intakes and BW gains; increased (P < .05) liver
and kidney weights; and increased (P < .05) mean cell hemoglobin, and mean
cell hemoglobin concentrations. Compared with controls, chicks fed FCM had
increased (P < .05) free sphinganine levels and sphinganine:sphingosine
ratios. Treatment-associated histological lesions were only observed in the
liver of chicks fed diets containing FCM that supplied 225 mg FB1/kg or
higher. Diets containing FCM that supplied levels as low as 75 mg FB1/kg
affected the physiology of chicks by increasing free sphinganine levels and
sphinganine:sphingosine ratios. Because inhibition of sphingolipid
biosynthesis has been hypothesized as the mechanism of action of FB1, this
suggests that diets containing 75 mg FB1/kg FCM may be toxic to young broiler
112 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Effects of formaldehyde fumigation of housing on carotenoid pigmentation in three breeds of chickens.
Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jun.
Poultry science v. 72 (6): p. 1040-1045; 1993 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Breed differences; Formaldehyde; Fumigation; Carotenoids; Broilers; Xanthophyll; Blood plasma; Fowl feeding; Parasitoids; Body weight
Abstract: Three breeds of chickens (two broiler breeds, A and B, and one
layer breed, C) were raised from 1 day to 3 wk of age in either standard
housing or housing additionally fumigated with formaldehyde. Groups of chicks
from each breed in both housings received either regular poultry starter
ration or this ration supplemented with marigold meal. At 3 wk of age, chicks
of all three breeds had higher (111, 113, and 115%) mean body weights when
raised in fumigated housing. There was no significant effect of supplemental
carotenoids on body weight. Chicks of all three breeds raised in fumigated
housing had significantly higher plasma carotenoid concentrations when fed
either regular or supplemented feed, and, with the exception of Breed A on
regular feed, also had significantly increased skin carotenoid values. No
significant differences among breeds in plasma or skin carotenoid values were
seen in chicks fed regular ration. However, significant differences were seen
among groups of chicks fed supplemental carotenoids. The layer breed, C, had
the highest percentage increase in carotenoid pigmentation when fed the
carotenoid-supplemented diet in fumigated housing.
113 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of genetic strain and light management on the reproductive performance of turkeys.
Havenstein, G.B.; Nestor, K.E.; Bacon, W.L.; Renner, P.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct. Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1590-1594; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Strain differences; Laying performance; Light regime;
Lighting; Energy consumption; Costs
Abstract: The laying performance of six genetic strains of turkeys, which
have been bred and maintained at the Ohio Agricultural Research and
Development Center, Wooster, OH, was compared under three laying house
lighting regimens over a period of 3 yr. Light Treatment 1 (L1) consisted of
14 h of continuous light (L) and 10 h of dark (D; 14L:10D) throughout the
laying period. Treatment 2 (L2) consisted of 14 h of intermittent light (IL,
15 min L and 45 min D/h) followed by 10 h of continuous dark. The IL treatment
was started following a period (6 wk) in which the hens were trained to use
the trapnests. Thus, during the first 6 wk of their laying period, L2 hens
were also provided 14L:10D. Treatment 3 (L3) hens were provided the same
program as L1 for the first 14 wk of the laying period. They were then moved
to a continuous period of 19L:5D for the remainder of the laying period. All
eggs produced were recorded through 180 days after the first egg was laid.
Traits studied included: the number of days to first egg after light
stimulation; the number of eggs produced through 84, 120, and 180 days after
the first egg was laid; the average clutch length; the maximum clutch length;
the total days lost to broodiness; the rate of lay; and the effective length
of the laying period. Highly significant differences (P < .01) were observed
among the strains used for all traits measured. Light treatments showed no
significant effects on any trait measured. Thus, from the present studies, the
delayed IL program provides an economically attractive management program for
environmentally controlled turkey breeder houses. Savings of 75% of the light
energy used during approximately 6 mo of the lay period were realized.
Economically, the L3 program would be disadvantageous, because electrical
usage was increased 35% after the period of daylength increase with no
apparent increase in productivity.
114 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of high temperature on growth and efficiency of male and female broilers from lines selected for high weight gain, favorable feed conversion, and high or low fat content.
Cahaner, A.; Leenstra, F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug.
Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1237-1250; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Environmental temperature; Liveweight gain; Body weight; Body composition; Feed conversion; Protein efficiency ratio; Line differences; Sex differences; Age differences; Selection criteria
Abstract: Male and female broiler chicks from five different broiler crosses
(WI, LF, and HF = Israeli chicks selected for high body weight gain, and low
and high abdominal fat, respectively; FC and WN = Dutch chicks selected for
favorable feed conversion and high body weight gain, respectively) were raised
at a high ambient temperature (32 to 33 C). Weight gain, protein and fat
content in the carcass and feed, and protein efficiency were determined at 4,
6, and 8 wk of age. The effect of the high temperature was evaluated by
comparing these data with those of similar chicks raised at a normal
temperature (20 to 33 C) up to 6 wk of age. The reductions in body weight,
protein gain, and feed and protein efficiency due to the high temperature
increased with age and were much larger in males than in females. This trend
was more pronounced in WI and WN chicks than in LF, HF, and FC chicks. Females
of WI and WN crosses were as heavy as males at 6 wk and heavier at 8 wk. In
LF, HF, and FC crosses, both sexes had similar weights at 8 wk. Growth
reduction due to the high temperature was largest in the groups with the
highest growth rate at the normal temperature WI and WN males). Chicks with a
lower growth rate and a higher capacity for energy storage in fat depots (all
females, HF chicks), or a higher capacity for heat loss (FC chicks), were less
affected by the high temperature. The results suggest that females should be
preferred over males for broiler production in hot facilities or locations.
Broiler genotypes selected for feed efficiency at the expense of fast growth
may allow for a more profitable broiler production in high-temperature
115 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of light sources and the presence or absence of males on reproduction of female breeder turkeys.
Felts, J.V.; Leighton, A.T. Jr; Denbow, D.M.; Hulet, R.M. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Nov. Poultry science v. 71 (11): p. 1817-1822; 1992 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Turkey egg production; Artificial light; Fluorescent light; Lighting; Males; Laying performance; Broodiness; Egg quality
Abstract: The effects of sodium vapor (SV), daylight fluorescent (DF), and incandescent (IN) light sources and the influence of the presence or absence of males on reproduction of female turkeys were evaluated. Hens under SV and DF lights consistently laid more eggs than those under IN lights. There were no significant differences in hen-day egg production among hens in the physical presence of males and hens allowed visual and vocal contact with males. However, hen-day egg production was significantly lower for females in pens in which males were absent. Fertility, hatchability, days to first egg, egg weight, and egg specific gravity were unaffected by light source treatments or by the presence or absence of males in pens of females.
116 NAL Call. No.: 410 B77
Effects of long-term deprivation of sand on dustbathing behaviour in laying hens.
Liere, D.W. van; Wiepkema, P.R.
London : Academic Press; 1992 Apr.
Animal behaviour v. 43 (pt.4): p. 549-558; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Dust bathing; Sand; Deprivation
Abstract: During 21 weeks of sand deprivation, intact and beak-trimmed laying
hens, Gallus gallus domesticus, dustbathed on a barren floor
(sham-dustbathing). The amount of dustbathing increased during the experiment
to the same level (in the intact hens) as in non-deprived control hens, or to
a higher level (in the beak-trimmed hens). During deprivation, the proportion
of complete sham-dustbaths increased, while the consummatory rubbing behaviour
within these sham-dustbaths seemed to become more dominant than in baths in
sand. After 16 weeks deprivation, abnormal sham-dustbaths started with rubbing
instead of appetitive tossing behaviour. The hypothesis that the motivation to
dustbathe increases during deprivation was supported, but on the first day
after the long-term deprivation there was no significant compensation for the
deprived bathing in sand and, instead, signs of conflict bathing and fear were
found. Thus, sand as a bathing material becomes unfamiliar after long-term
deprivation. In a second experiment, intact hens were deprived of sand for up
to 30 weeks, but at either 3-5 or 28-30 weeks they were prevented from
sham-dustbathing for 3 consecutive days. As they compensated for the deprived
sham-dustbathing activity thereafter, the performance of dustbathing per se
may be facilitated intrinsically.
117 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Effects of nest linings, pecking strips and partitioning on nest use and behaviour in modified battery cages.
Reed, H.J.; Nicol, C.J.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Sep.
British poultry science v. 33 (4): p. 719-727; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Battery cages; Nests; Reproductive behavior; Laying
118 NAL Call. No.: SF481.J68
Effects of potassium chloride supplementation of growth of heat-distressed broilers.
Smith, M.O.; Teeter, R.G.
Athens, Ga. : Applied Poultry Science, Inc; 1992.
Journal of applied poultry research v. 1 (3): p. 321-324; 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Oklahoma; Chicks; Heat stress; Potassium chloride; Drinking
water; Liveweight gain
119 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of rearing density and feeder and waterer spaces on the productivity and fearful behavior of layers.
Anderson, K.E.; Adams, A.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan.
Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 53-58; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Stocking density; Feed dispensers; Drinkers; Fearfulness; Body weight; Liveweight gain; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Egg production
Abstract: Two groups of White Leghorn pullets reared in cages were used to study the effects of rearing density and feeder and waterer spaces on their performance and fearful behavior. In Experiment 1, rearing densities of 221, 249, 277, and 304 cm(2) per bird, 5.4 cm feeder space per bird, and a cup waterer to pullet ratio of 1:7 had no significant effect on 18-wk body weight, body weight uniformity, body weight gain, age at sexual maturity, feed consumption, and mortality rate during the laying period. In Experiment 2, pullets reared at a density of 193 versus 221 cm(2) had lower (P<.001) 18-wk body weights but increased (P<.001) weight gain during the laying period. Pullets reared with 2.7 versus 5.4 cm of feeder space weighed less (P<.001) at 18 wk, but gained (P<.001) more weight and consumed more (P<.05) feed during the laying period. A cup waterer to pullet ratio of 1:14 versus 1:7 increased (P<.05) age at sexual maturity and body weight gain. Density had no consistent effect on egg production in either experiment. There were no carryover effects of rearing density in Experiment 1 or density, and feeder and waterer space in Experiment 2 on fearful behavior. Hens were more (P<.001) fearful at 34 wk of age (peak production) than at 54 wk of age (postpeak production). The negative effects associated with floor, feeder, and waterer spaces during the rearing period were transitory and did not persist into the production period.
120 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of sex, heat stress, body weight, and genetic strain on the dietary lysine requirement of broiler chicks.
Han, Y.; Baker, D.H.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Apr.
Poultry science v. 72 (4): p. 701-708; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Body weight; Strain differences; Lysine;
Dosage effects; Sex differences; Environmental temperature; Diet; Growth rate;
Abstract: Experiments were carried out to investigate the effects of sex, heat stress (37 C), body weight (heavy and light within strain), and strain of chicks on the dietary lysine requirement of chicks during 8 to 22 days posthatching. A lysine-deficient basal diet (.64% total lysine, 23% CP, 3,200 kcal MEn/kg) containing corn, feather meal, and soybean meal was supplemented with graded levels of L-lysine.HCl to produce growth response curves. The lysine-deficient diet contained .52% true digestible lysine as determined with a precision-fed cecectomized adult cockerel assay (Experiment 1). Hubbard X Hubbard chicks were used in Experiment 2 and New Hampshire X Columbian crossbred chicks were used in Experiments 3 and 4. Experiment 2 compared lysine requirements of male and female chicks. Weight gains between sexes were similar when diets were deficient in lysine, but males grew faster than females when lysine-adequate diets were fed. Male chicks required a higher level of dietary lysine than females for both maximal weight gain and feed efficiency. Also, regardless of sex, the lysine requirement (percentage of diet) for maximal feed efficiency was higher than that for maximal weight gain. In Experiment 3, heat stress reduced weight gain and feed intake of both males and females by about 22%, and it increased the lysine requirement of female but not male chicks. In Experiment 4, light and heavy chicks were selected from male and female populations. Heavy and light chicks exhibited the same dietary lysine requirement for maximal growth. However, the lysine requirement for maximal feed efficiency was higher for heavy birds than for light birds. There was no strain effect on the lysine requirement.
121 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effects of shuttle programs upon the growth of broilers and the development of immunity to Eimeria species.
Chapman, H.D.; Hacker, A.B.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Apr.
Poultry science v. 72 (4): p. 658-663; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Eimeria; Coccidiostats; Coccidiosis; Litter; Oocysts; Body weight; Feed conversion; Intestines; Lesions; Immunity
Abstract: A floor-pen trial was conducted to investigate the effects of
different shuttle programs upon the growth of broilers to 8 wk of age.
Nicarbazin, halofuginone, and robenidine, when included in the starter feed
for 3 wk, were effective in preventing lesions due to Eimeria. The effects of
medication upon performance were apparent, medicated groups gaining more
weight by 6 wk and having a lower feed conversion at 6, 7, and 8 wk than the
unmedicated controls. There were no significant differences in body weight at
6, 7, or 8 wk or feed conversion at 6 or 7 wk among the medicated groups,
whether medication was withdrawn for 7 or 14 days. A decrease in the number of
small and medium oocysts in the litter was observed as the trial progressed.
Few large oocysts (Eimeria maxima) were seen in the medicated groups. Numbers
of oocysts did not increase following withdrawal of medication. Birds from all
medicated groups were challenged at 6 wk with oocysts of Eimeria acervulina,
Eimeria maxima, or Eimeria tenella. Weight gains were similar to that of the
unchallenged controls, indicating that they had acquired immunity to these
species of Eimeria.
122 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Effects of social status on the performance of non-interactive behaviours in small groups of laying hens.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Mar.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 33 (1): p. 77-81; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Social dominance; Groups; Animal behavior; Aggressive
behavior; Animal welfare; Interactions
123 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of sodium bicarbonate and potassium chloride drinking water supplementation. 1. Performance and exterior carcass quality of broilers grown under thermoneutral or cyclic heat-stress conditions.
Whiting, T.S.; Andrews, L.D.; Stamps, L.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jan. Poultry science v. 70 (1): p. 53-59; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Potassium chloride; Sodium bicarbonate;
Water intake; Alkalosis; Body weight; Carcass weight; Follicles; Feathers;
Infections; Skin diseases; Cyclic fluctuations
124 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 V643
Effects of spatial allowance, group size and perches on the behaviour of hens in cages with nests.
Reed, H.J.; Nicol, C.J.
London : Bailliere Tindall; 1992 Nov.
British veterinary journal v. 148 (6): p. 529-534; 1992 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Cages; Nests; Animal welfare; Stocking density; Animal
behavior; Perches; Excreta
125 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The effects of stress, Escherichia coli, dietary ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid, and their interaction on tissue trace elements in chicks. Tufft, L.S.; Nockels, C.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec. Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2439-2449; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Stress; Edta; Escherichia coli; Copper; Iron; Zinc; Blood
serum; Organs; Weight; Infection; Body weight; Liver; Spleen; Bursa fabricii;
Abstract: The present study determined effects of Escherichia coli infection,
crowding stress, and EDTA supplementation on Cu, Fe, and Zn levels in the
serum, liver, bursa of Fabricius, and spleen of chickens. Organ weights as a
percentage of BW were affected by treatments prior to and after infection.
Liver and spleen weights as a percentage of BW increased with infection but
bursa weight decreased. One week of stress increased hepatic Cu, but 3 wk of
EDTA ingestion increased serum Cu and serum, hepatic, bursal, and splenic Fe.
These elemental changes resulting from EDTA may have predisposed the chicks to
a higher mortality rate from E. coli compared with controls. Peak mortality
occurred 2 days after infection, coincident with an increased serum Cu,
decreased serum and bursal Fe and Zn and increased hepatic and splenic Zn. At
7 days postinfection, recovering chicks experienced decreased hepatic Fe,
elevated hepatic Zn, decreased bursal Cu, Fe, and Zn, and increased splenic
Cu, Fe, and Zn. The current study demonstrates the interactive effects of
EDTA, stress, and E. coli infection on serum and organ trace element
126 NAL Call. No.: QP1.C6
Effects of stressors on blood glucose and hepatic glycogen concentrations in turkey poults.
Donaldson, W.E.; Christensen, V.L.; Krueger, K.K.
Elmsford, N.Y.: Pergamon Press; 1991.
Comparative biochemistry and physiology : A : Comparative physiology v. 100 (4): p. 945-947; 1991. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poults; Hatcheries; Stresses; Stress response; Carbohydrate
metabolism; Glucose; Glycogen; Liver; Blood sugar
Abstract: 1. The putatively stressful procedures of sexing, toe trimming,
snood removal, beak trimming and injection of antibiotic solution, as
performed in a commercial hatchery, elevated blood glucose levels and
depressed hepatic glycogen levels in newly-hatched turkey poults. 2. The first
procedure performed, cloacal sexing, was sufficient to elevate blood glucose,
but all procedures were required before depression of hepatic glycogen
occurred. 3. Blood glucose levels declined in both untreated (INITIAL) and
fully-treated (FINAL) poults over a 24 hr holding period. 4. Hepatic glycogen
declined with 24 hr holding of INITIAL poults but increased with holding of
127 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of two feeding systems, two protein levels, and different dietary energy sources and levels on performance of squabbing pigeons. Waldie, G.A.; Olomu, J.M.; Cheng, K.M.; Sim, J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May. Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1206-1212; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pigeons; Reproductive performance; Poultry feeding; Maize; Pelleted feeds; Dietary fat; Protein intake; Laying performance; Energy intake
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to study the effects on the
performance of squabbing pigeons of two feeding systems based on two protein
levels, two fat sources, and varying fat and energy levels. The first
experiment was carried out with birds housed in pens and fed pelleted feeds of
different CP levels (16 and 22%), with or without whole yellow corn. In the
second experiment, birds were housed in pair cages. Two fat types (sunflower
oil and animal tallow) were tested at three levels (0, 3, and 6%) to give
three energy levels (2,650, 2,900, and 3,150 kcal ME/kg of diet) in
isonitrogenous diets (15% CP). In the first experiment, the 16% CP diet with
corn adversely affected squab livability and growth without affecting egg
production traits or adult body weight. The 22% CP diet with or without corn
and the 16% CP diet without corn gave similar responses for both the adult
birds and their squabs. Daily intakes per pair of birds fed these three diets
varied between 106 and 126 g for feed, 17.4 and 23.4 g for CP, and 340 and 398
kcal ME. In the second experiment birds fed the diet with no supplemental fat
did not produce squabs, whereas fat-supplemented diets resulted in production
of at least six squabs. The source of fat did not significantly affect squab
production. Feed intake decreased with increase in dietary energy level,
resulting in similar consumption levels of energy for birds on all the diets.
Average energy intake was about 235 kcal ME per pair per day for pigeons not
producing squabs. Energy intake did not appear to correlate with squab
production. It was concluded from the experiments that a single 16% CP diet
could replace the usual commercial high protein diet (22%) fed along with corn
in a cafeteria-style feeding system without adversely affecting egg and squab
production. Furthermore, it seems desirable to supplement the diets of pigeons
with fats for efficient squab production.
128 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of two nipple drinker types with different flow rates on the productive performance of broiler chickens during summerlike growing conditions.
Carpenter, G.H.; Peterson, R.A.; Jones, W.T.; Daly, K.R.; Hypes, W.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Sep. Poultry science v. 71 (9): p. 1450-1456; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Nipple drinkers; Drinking water; Water flow; Body weight; Feed conversion efficiency; Mortality; Chicks; Sex differences
Abstract: Three trials were conducted to study the effects of a high flow
volume (2.3 mL/s) nipple waterer (HFN) versus a low flow volume (.4 mL/s)
nipple waterer (LFN) on the productive performance of broiler chickens as
measured by average body weight (kilograms), average feed conversion
(kilograms:kilogram), and percentage mortality rate. Equal numbers of male and
female birds were used during Trial 1; only male birds were used during Trials
2 and 3. All trials were conducted during the summer months. An attempt was
made during Trial 2 to expose the birds to artificial heat stress. No
differences were seen during any of the trials in feed conversion between the
two treatments. In Trial 1 the only significant difference (P < .05) exhibited
was in average male body weight (1.87 kg HFN; 1.84 kg LFN). A highly
significant difference (P less than or equal to .01) was seen in average body
weight (1.75 kg HFN; 1.64 kg LFN) during Trial 2. Average body weight
difference during Trial 3 was highly significant at 42 days of age but not at
Day 49. Mortality rate figures during Trial 2 indicate a highly significant
difference during the 38-day period prior to heat stress (2.2% LFN; .4% HFN),
and significant difference during the heat stress period (38 to 44 days; 2.9%
LFN; 1.5% HFN. During Trial 3 mortality rate differences were significant by
49 days (20.6% LFN; 11.4% HFN) although there was no difference at 42 days.
All instances of significant difference indicate that superior performance
(lower mortality rate or higher body weight) can be expected from male
broilers reared on HFN waterers.
129 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects of type of cage front and feed trough partitions on productivity and ingestive, agnostic, and fearful behaviors of egg-type hens. Anderson, K.E.; Adams, A.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 770-775; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Cages; Eating; Feed troughs; Aggressive behavior; Egg production; Feed conversion; Fearfulness; Feathers; Wire
Abstract: Two groups of White Leghorn pullets reared in floor pens were used
to study the effects on performance and behavior in cages of horizontal wire
cage fronts with and without feed trough partitions (HP and H, respectively)
and vertical wire cage fronts with and without feed trough partitions (VP and
V, respectively). In Experiment 1, hens in HP and VP cages consumed more
(P<.05) feed than hens in either H or V cages. This greater feed consumption
combined with similar egg production resulted in significantly poorer feed
conversion (P<.05) for hens in VP cages. Hens in HP cages had fewer drinking
bouts (P<.05) and an intermediate amount of feeding time. Hens in H, V, and VP
cages did not differ significantly in number of drinking bouts and feeding
times. There were differences in feeding location preferences among treatments
(P<.05) but not within treatments. In Experiment 2, effects of horizontal (H)
and vertical (V) wire cage fronts were examined to determine their effects on
productivity and fearful behavior. Hens in H cages had better feather scores
(P<.05) than hens in V cages. Type of cage front had no significant effects on
age at sexual maturity, egg production, mortality rate, average egg weight,
and body weight.
130 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Effects on chick performance of ammonia and heat stressors in various combination sequences.
Johnson, R.W.; Curtis, S.E.; Shanks, R.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May.
Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1132-1137; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Ammonia; Heat stress; Growth; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Stresses; Age; Stress response; Liveweight gain
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effects of
previous experience with a stressor on chicks' subsequent performance when
exposed later to the same stressor or to a different stressor. Performance was
measured in chicks exposed to aerial ammonia, environmental heat, or both in
reciprocal sequences in two consecutive periods. Four (2 X 2 factorial)
treatment combinations of ammonia [0 ppm (a) or 125 ppm (A)] and heat [30 C
(h) or 36.5 C (H)] stressors were imposed in each of two consecutive 4-day
periods, giving a total of 16 treatments. Weight gain (G), feed intake (F),
and the gain:feed ratio (G:F) in Periods 1 (Days 9 to 13 posthatch) and 2
(Days 13 to 17 posthatch) were analyzed. Stressors decreased performance in
both periods, but the effect was greater in Period 2. Synergism between A and
H in Period 2 decreased chicks'G, F, and G:F in Period 2. Stress-depressed
productive traits in Period 1 were succeeded in Period 2 not by residual
negative effects but by compensatory responses: prior exposure to stressors in
Period 1 was not detrimental to the chicks' subsequent G or G:F in Period 2.
For example, chicks switched from Treatment ah in Period 1 to AH in Period 2
had lower G in Period 2 than did those going from either Ah, aH or AH in
Period 1 to AH in Period 2. It was concluded that exposure to stressors early
on enhanced the chicks' ability to cope with the same or with different
stressors later and that compensatory responses occurred as the result of
short-term exposure to stressors.
131 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Efficacy of different anticoccidials against experimental coccidiosis in large white turkeys.
Cabel, M.C.; Norton, R.A.; Yazwinski, T.A.; Waldroup, P.W. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 289-292; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Coccidiosis; Coccidiostats; Eimeria; Liveweight gain; Intestines; Lesions; Drug resistance; Experimental infections
Abstract: Two trials were conducted to compare the efficacy of currently approved anticoccidials for turkeys against challenge using a field isolate of mixed Eimeria species; E. adenoides, E. gallopavonis, and E. meleagrimitis. Poults in wire-floored cages were fed unmedicated diets from day-old to 3 wk of age. Diets were supplemented with either amprolium (AMP, 125 mg/kg), butynorate (BUT, 375 mg/kg), monensin (MON-60, 60 mg/kg; MON-100, 100 mg/kg), halofuginone (HAL; 3 mg/kg), zoalene (ZOA; 125 mg/kg), or suladimethoxine plus ormetoprim (SUL + ORM 62,5 mg/kg and 37.5 mg/kg, respectively). After 2 days on the test diets, poults were individually weighed and inoculated with sporulated coccidial oocysts from the field isolate. Total fecal collections were obtained for Days 0 to 5 and 6 to 10 to estimate oocyst output. At 10 days postinoculation, the birds were individually weighed and killed to determine severity of intestinal lesions. The HAL and MON were most effective and Amp, ZOA, and SUL + ORM were least effective in maintaining weight and in reducing the severity of intestinal lesions. All the coccidiostat tested reduced oocyst passage, but poults fed HAL produced fewer oocysts. The results demonstrated differences in efficacy among anticoccidials with the more recently approved drugs providing the best protection against coccidiosis.
132 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Efficacy of hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate to reduce the individual and combined toxicity of aflatoxin and ochratoxin A.
Huff, W.E.; Kubena, L.F.; Harvey, R.B.; Phillips, T.D. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan. Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 64-69; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Aflatoxins; Ochratoxins; Toxicity; Silicates; Clay minerals; Synergism; Organs; Weight; Blood serum; Blood chemistry
Abstract: A 2 X 2 X 2 factorial arrangement of treatments consisting of
dietary aflatoxin (3.5 micrograms/g), ochratoxin A (2.0 micrograms/g), and
hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate (HSCAS,.5%) was used to evaluate the
individual and combined effects of these treatments. There were six replicate
pens of 10 broilers per pen for each of the eight treatments. The broilers
were maintained on these treatments from 1 day to 3 wk of age with feed and
water available for ad libitum intake. Aflatoxin and ochratoxin A each
significantly decreased body weight, serum protein, albumin, and cholesterol,
and increased the relative weight of the liver, kidney, and proventriculus.
Aflatoxin increased the relative weight of the heart and decreased serum
aspartate aminotransferase activity and ochratoxin A increased serum uric
acid. The toxicity resulting from the combination of aflatoxin and ochratoxin
A was more severe than when either of these mycotoxins were present alone.
Addition of HSCAS alone did not alter any of the parameters evaluated. The
HSCAS reduced the toxicity of aflatoxin, but had little effect on either the
toxicity of ochratoxin A alone or the toxicity resulting from the combination
of aflatoxin and ochratoxin A.
133 NAL Call. No.: 100 Al1H
Energy savings with use of double sidewall curtains on broiler houses. Koon, J.L.; Flood, J.R.; Trumbull, R.D.; Brewer, R.N.
Auburn, Ala. : Agricultural Experiment Station of Auburn University, 1954-; 1993.
Highlights of agricultural research v. 40 (2): p. 11; 1993.
Descriptors: Alabama; Cabt; Energy conservation; Chicken housing; Insulation; Insulating materials; Construction; Broiler production
134 NAL Call. No.: SF774.J68
Erysipelas in caged laying chickens and suspected erysipeloid in animal caretakers.
Mutalib, A.A.; King, J.M.; McDonough, P.L.
Lawrence, Kan. : AAVLD; 1993 Apr.
Journal of veterinary diagnostic investigation v. 5 (2): p. 198-201; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chickens; Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae; Zoonoses
135 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AU72
Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae infection of guinea fowl (Numbida meleagris). Campbell, G.W.; Taylor, J.D.; Harrower, B.J.
Brunswick, Victoria : Australian Veterinary Association; 1992 Jan. Australian veterinary journal v. 69 (1): p. 13; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Queensland; Guineafowls; Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae; Outbreaks;
Symptoms; Epidemiology; Histopathology; Stress
136 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Evaluation of a catalytic air-treatment system for ammonia control in broiler houses.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Mar. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 7 (2): p. 254-260; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Animal housing; Air quality; Air flow; Catalytic
activity; Ammonia; Control; Monitoring; Equations
Abstract: Air in an 18-bird capacity broiler growth chamber was recirculated through a heated ceramic honeycomb coated with platinum and alumina throughout the production cycle for two batches of broilers. Ammonia concentration of the air inside the catalyst-treated chamber was always less than the ammonia concentration in a similar companion chamber not treated by the catalyst. Performance of the birds in the two growth chambers was similar. Energy considerations suggest a catalytic air-treatment system can reduce the energy required to control ammonia concentrations in broiler houses during cold weather, but can not economically replace all ventilation for ammonia control in situations where ventilation for ammonia control is an acceptable practice.
137 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Evaluation of cage floor systems for production of commercial broilers. Akpobome, G.O.; Fanguy, R.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb. Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 274-280; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Litter; Floors; Cages; Wire netting; Floor type; Body weight; Feed conversion; Carcass quality; Abdominal fat; Bone fractures
Abstract: Flooring materials evaluated consisted of three types of mesh
(wire, steel, and plastic), three types of perforated floor (wood, styrofoam,
and plastic), and three types of doweling (rigid, rotating, and padded). A
solid wood floor with wood shavings litter served as a control. Parameters
measured included body weight at 4, 6, and 8 wk and dressed carcass weight.
Breast blisters, feather soilage, broken bones, feed consumption, percentage
abdominal fat, and mortality rate for each floor type were also evaluated.
Birds grown on wire mesh floors experienced a significant reduction in live
body weight at 6 and 8 wk of age when compared with all other floor types
tested. The remaining experimental floor types were comparable to the litter
floor control group when using body weight as the performance criterion. The
mesh floors experienced the highest incidence of breast blisters and the
padded dowel group experienced the least. Feather soilage was a problem only
with the perforated wood and styrofoam floor systems. Abdominal fat did not
seem to be related to experimental floor type. The incidence of wing breakage
during processing was significantly greater than leg breakage for all floor
systems tested. Mortality was only a problem with the birds reared on wire
mesh floors. The overall data suggests that a padded dowel floor system can be
used to produce cage broilers about 2500 g in weight without leg or breast
damage and that these birds will be equivalent to those currently produced by
the industry on a litter floor system.
138 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Evaluation of egg injection of folic acid and effect of supplemental folic acid on hatchability and poult weight.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Mar.
Poultry science v. 72 (3): p. 546-553; 1993 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Hens; Folic acid; Turkey eggs; Turkey egg hatchability; Embryonic development; Folic acid deficiency; Injection
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted with Large White turkey hens housed individually in cages in a conventional house. In Experiment 1, three dietary treatments were used: an unsupplemented practical corn-soybean meal basal diet; the basal diet supplemented with 2.64 mg folic acid/kg of diet; and the basal diet supplemented with 5.51 mg folic acid/kg of diet. Eggs from hens fed 2.64 mg folic acid/kg of diet were injected with folic acid in 20 injection trials over two production cycles. The response data from dietary supplemental folic acid were analyzed on a production period basis using all of the hens, and on a subset of hens producing eggs in each production period, for hatchability of fertile eggs and poult weight. The response patterns in each case were similar. Incremental dietary supplemental folic acid levels produced a positive linear response pattern on the transfer of folic acid in eggs, but did not result in a hatchability increase over the unsupplemented folic acid basal diet. Hatchability increase did not occur for eggs injected at 25 days of incubation with 19.3 micrograms folic acid per egg in 20 injection trials over two cycles of production. The results of the study indicate that hatchability is not increased in turkey eggs from hens fed supplemental folic acid or with egg folic acid injections. However, egg and poult weights were significantly increased (P < .05) in eggs containing 6 to 7 mg folic acid/g of dried egg, from hens fed 5.51 mg folic acid/kg of diet.
139 NAL Call. No.: SB599.J69
Evaluation of methods to protect poultry house insulation from infestations by lesser mealworm (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae).
Despins, J.L.; Turner, E.C. Jr; Pfeiffer, D.G.
Clemson, S.C. : South Carolina Entomological Society; 1991 Jul.
Journal of agricultural entomology v. 8 (3): p. 209-217; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Insulation; Polystyrenes; Alphitobius diaperinus; Insect pests; Insect control; Tetrachlorvinphos; Pirimiphos-methyl
140 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Evaluation of the chemical and physical properties of hardwood bark used as a broiler litter material.
Brake, J.D.; Boyle, C.R.; Chamblee, T.N.; Schultz, C.D.; Peebles, E.D. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Mar. Poultry science v. 71 (3): p. 467-472; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Litter; Bark; Pines; Wood shavings; Particle size;
Water holding capacity; Moisture content; Nitrogen content; Body weight; Feed
conversion; Carcass quality
Abstract: Various physical and chemical properties of hardwood bark (HB) and
pine shavings (PS) were compared. Subsequently, efficacies of these materials
as broiler litter were determined in two production trials. Upon receipt of
each material, moisture content, pH, bulk density, and moisture absorbing
capacity were determined. The PS had less moisture, less bulk density, and
more moisture absorbing capacity than HB. However, the pH of PS and HB were
not different. Trial 1 consisted of 16 replicate pens of HB and 8 pens of PS
and Trial 2 involved 8 pens of HB, 8 pens of shredded HB, and 8 pens of PS.
Each pen in each trial contained 50 broilers. No consistent differences in
either pH, moisture, or nitrogen content were found in the litter types during
the two growout periods. Body weight gain, feed conversion, and carcass grade
were not affected by litter type.
141 NAL Call. No.: QR115.I57
Evaluation of the efficacy of Broilact in preventing infection of broiler chicks with Salmonella enteritidis PT4.
Cameron, D.M.; Carter, J.N.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Mar.
International journal of food microbiology v. 15 (3/4): p. 319-326; 1992 Mar.
Descriptors: Salmonella enteritidis; Biological competition; Disease
resistance; Evaluation; Chicks
Abstract: A study was conducted to evaluate treatment of day-old broiler chicks with Broilact, a live-culture preparation, for preventing intestinal colonization by a non-host-specific Salmonella (S. enteritidis PT4, with high resistance to nalidixic acid). Newly hatched broiler chicks were sprayed with Broilact, at a commercial hatchery and delivered on the same day to Huntingdon Research Centre. Control chicks from the same source (i.e. chicks not treated with Broilact) were sent separately. Chicks were maintained in floor pens in groups of 40. The challenge was introduced by means of seeder birds infected with S. enteritidis PT4 (nal(r)) at a nominal dose level of 10(4) CFU per bird (3 seeder birds per pen of 40 contact birds). Groups of birds were killed 7, 28 and 40 days after challenge, and in each case caecal contents were examined culturally for the test organism. A total of 18 deaths occurred including 13 untreated contact birds, 3 Broilact-treated contact birds and 2 seeder birds. These were attributed to the experimental infection. Results of the examination of caecal contents from untreated control birds indicated that the challenge organism was successfully established in contact chicks via the seeder birds. The overall results for birds treated with Broilact showed a clear protective effect. with little indication of any significant infection by the challenge organism. It was concluded therefore that under the conditions of this study, Broilact was largely effective in preventing intestinal colonization by the non-host-specific S. enteritidis PT4.
142 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Evaluation of vectorelectrocardiographic analysis of young broiler chickens as a predictive index for susceptibility to ascites syndrome. Odom, T.W.; Rosenbaum, L.M.; Hargis, B.M.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jan. Avian diseases v. 36 (1): p. 78-83; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Broilers; Ascites; Susceptibility; Disease resistance; Prediction; Electrocardiography; High altitude; Hypoxia
Abstract: Vectorelectrocardiographic (VCG) analysis was performed on 50 male
broiler chicks (1 week of age) before placement in a hypobaric chamber. During
5 weeks of exposure to hypobaric hypoxia (simulated altitude of 2900 m), all
recorded mortality (38%) was due to the development of ascites syndrome. There
was a positive correlation (r = 0.74, P < 0.01) between the increment in the
frontal plane mean resultant vector magnitude divided by body weight
(designated as the cardiac index [CI]), with the severity of right ventricular
enlargement. Chicks developing ascites syndrome had a greater CI (P < 0.05) at
1 week of age when compared with chicks that did not develop the syndrome.
Therefore, the CI calculated by VCG analysis recognizes right ventricular
enlargement, suggesting that a pre-hatch or early post-hatch functional
cardiac stress has occurred, predisposing the 1-week-old broiler chick to
ascites syndrome. Application of the CI has a physiological index may prove
useful in future studies targeted for selection of ascites syndrome resistance
in broiler chickens.
143 NAL Call. No.: SF481.2.F56
Evaporate cooling versus tunnel ventilation.
Jacobs, R.D.; Bucklin, R.A.; Harms, R.H.; Sloan, D.R.
Gainesville, Fla. : Florida Agricultural Extension Service; 1992. Proceedings of the ... Florida Poultry Institute (501): p. 9; 1992. Meeting held Oct 13-14, 1992, Gainesville, Florida.
Descriptors: Florida; Poultry housing; Evaporative cooling; Artificial
144 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Exclusion of broiler breeder females from male feeders with a male only grill. 1. Behavioral and technical aspects of design and development. Brake, J.; Khamidullin, T.N.; Fisinin, V.I.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Mar. Poultry science v. 72 (3): p. 429-436; 1993 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Hens; Cocks; Feeding behavior; Sex differences; Body measurements; Feeding habits; Feed troughs; Design; Fowl feeding; Feed intake
Abstract: A series of experiments was conducted in order to develop a feeder
grill that would allow broiler breeder males, but not females, to eat. Females
are typically excluded from male feeders by increasing the height of the
feeder. However, male feeder heights that exclude most females increase the
time required for males to consume a given amount of feed 19 to 60%. Typical
male feeder height from floor to feeder pan lip in commercial practice is 55
cm, which is about the distance from floor to the head of the male in an erect
posture. Females measure about 40 cm in an erect posture. Because the necks of
males (8.0 cm) are longer than those of females (6.3 cm), the lip of male
feeder pans was extended horizontally 12.7 cm with a wire mesh on the
assumption that females could not stretch their necks enough to reach the
feed. However, the females learned quickly to perch on the extended lip and
eat. Total exclusion of females from the male feeder, regardless of feeder
height, was achieved by placing a horizontal upper mesh 5.6 to 10.2 cm above
the extended lip, and connecting the upper mesh to the lower extended lip of
the feeder with vertical bars spaced 5.1 cm apart. The horizontal upper mesh
prevented perching by females and the 5.1-cm spacing of the vertical bars
allowed males but not females to reach the feed by inserting their heads and
necks up to their shoulders. Male feed consumption time was decreased by this
new grill by 18 to 50% in comparison to an unmodified feeder, but female
access was eliminated.
145 NAL Call. No.: 410 B77
Exploratory activity as a measure of motivation in deprived hens. Nicol, C.J.; Guilford, T.
London : Academic Press; 1991 Feb.
Animal behaviour v. 41 (pt.2): p. 333-341; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Motivation; Exploration; Deprivation; Litter; Stimulation;
Abstract: It is not easy to assess an animal's motivational state during a
period of deprivation caused by a lack of external stimulation. The extent to
which the behaviourof hens, Gallus domesticus, in a circular tunnel attached
to a test pen may be exploratory and,hence, may measure their motivational
state during periods of food and litter deprivation was investigated.In
experiment 1, hens that had been deprived of food for 3 h spent significantly
longer in the tunnelthan non-deprived birds, although no food was, or had ever
been, provided in the tunnel. During the testneither group was provided with
food in the pen. In experiment 2, one group of hens was kept on a wire floor
(Litter-deprived) and one group was kept on peat (Non-deprived), both for 6
weeks prior to being tested inthe same apparatus. During the test, half the
birds of each group were provided with peat in the pen(Control), whilst the
remainder had no peat (Experimental). Deprived Experimental hens spent
significantlylonger in the tunnel than Non-deprived Experimental hens,
suggesting that they may have been motivatedto obtain litter during the
deprivation period itself.
146 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Factors influencing floor-laying by hens in modified cages. Sherwin, C.M.; Nicol, C.J.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1993 Apr. Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (2/3): p. 211-222; 1993 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Oviposition; Cages
147 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
A fan-actuated mecahnism for controlled exposure of a psychrometer wet buld sensor to a dusty environment.
Costello, T.A.; Berry, I.L.; Benz, R.C.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jul. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 7 (4): p. 473-477; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Humidity; Measurement; Aspirated psychrometers;
Structural design; Performance testing
Abstract: An aspirated psychrometer which uses a unique mechanism for raising
the wet bulb sensor from a reservoir and into the airstream during aspiration
was designed and tested. The device uses thermocouples and an electronic
datalogger to measure the wet bulb and dry bulb temperatures during
aspiration. In laboratory tests over a wide range of vapor pressures, the
root-mean-squared-difference (RMSD) between relative humidity from the
psychrometer and a chilled mirror hygrometer was 0.3%. In tests in a
commercial broiler house, differences between three psychrometers (RMSD=2.0%)
could be traced to experimental uncertainty in temperature measurement. Tests
in broiler houses have shown the psychrometer mechanisms to be reliable with
minor maintenance required every five to ten days.
148 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Fear levels in laying hens carried by hand and by mechanical conveyors. Scott, G.B.; Moran, P.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1993 May. Applied animal behaviour science v. 36 (4): p. 337-345; 1993 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Fearfulness; Handling
149 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Feed and water consumption patterns of broilers at high environmental temperatures.
May, J.D.; Lott, B.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb.
Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 331-336; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Feed intake; Water intake; Environmental temperature; Diurnal variation; Heat stress; Age differences; Acclimatization
Abstract: Broilers were reared on litter to determine the effect of cyclic environmental temperatures on feed and water consumption patterns. The temperatures were constant at 24 C for several days before cyclic temperatures were started. Control broilers continued at 24 C but the treatment was a daily 24-35-24 C cycle for 3 days. Broilers that were 5, 6, or 7 wk old consumed as much feed or water the 1st day of the cycle as on the succeeding days. Feed and water consumption were determined for 6-h periods each day beginning at minimum temperature with two periods during rising temperature and two periods during declining temperature. Feed consumption was depressed when the temperatures were declining. Water consumption increased during the 12 h when the temperature was maximum. At 7 wk, water consumption was greater for broilers on the cyclic temperature for each 6-h period except for the period of temperature decline immediately preceding the minimum temperature. Broilers exposed to the 3 days of cyclic temperatures consumed more water than controls during a subsequent exposure to temperatures up to 40.8 C. The data show that the increased water consumption and decreased feed consumption observed due to high, cyclic temperatures arise from changes that occur during some times of the day and no changes occur during other times. The increase in water consumption precedes the reduction in feed consumption.
150 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Field calibration of a transient model for broiler misting. Gates, R.S.; Overhults, D.G.; Bottcher, R.W.; Zhang, S.H. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Sep. Transactions of the ASAE v. 35 (5): p. 1623-1631; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicken housing; Environmental control; Evaporative cooling;
Mists; Mathematical models
Abstract: A transient model to predict temperature within a tunnel ventilated
broiler house during misting is developed. The model is calibrated with field
data to obtain steady-state constants; transient predictions are compared to
measured temperatures during cyclic misting for two different size birds.
Measured temperatures during cyclic misting are shown to swing between
steady-state asymptotes predicted from the model. Transient response of the
model was faster than measured temperature data, in part due to temperature
sensor dynamic response. The model predicts the lengthwise temperature profile
within the building during misting, and can be used to investigate alternate
misting strategies and designs. Further improvements to the model are
151 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Field comparison of broiler house mechanical ventilation systems in a warm climate.
Bottcher, R.W.; Driggers, L.B.; Carter, T.A.; Hobbs, A.O. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Jul. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 8 (4): p. 499-508; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: U.S.A.; Poultry housing; Artificial ventilation; Mechanical
Abstract: Three separate systems for mechanical ventilation were monitored in commercial broiler houses during the spring and summer of 1988. The first sysm utilized buried earth tubes, plastic ventilation ducts, and hollow wall cavities as air inlets; the second system used pressure-controlled slot inlets; and the third system used evaporative cooling pads. The evaporative cooling system provided greater reduction in temperature at bird level than tempering air using earth tubes. An average reduction of 3.9 degrees C (7.1 degrees F) was obtained when outside air was above 32 degrees C (90 degrees F). During warm weather, air speeds at bird level were lower in the earth tube house [less than 0.5 m/s (100 fpm)] than the other houses [0.8-1.8 m/s (150-350 fpm)], due to differences in both maximum ventilation rate and air inlet designs. Productivity of the birds for all three houses was generally better than average for the poultry company. During hot weather the flock size in the earth tube house was reduced and end doors were opened for natural (wind) ventilation. Electrical energy consumption for the earth tube house was approximately twice that of the other houses due to the earth tube air movers.
152 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Field evaluation of reflective bubble-pack insulation in broiler housing. Bottcher, R.W.; Driggers, L.B.; Baughman, G.R.; Bisesi, P. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 May. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 8 (3): p. 369-374; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Insulating materials; Comparisons; Thermal
properties; Energy consumption
Abstract: A reflective "bubble-pack" insulation was installed in a new broiler house in central North Carolina during the summer of 1988. This insulation consisted of a 0.64 cm (0.25 in.) thick layer of plastic with air pockets and aluminized exterior surfaces. Interior air and black globe temperatures, electricity, and heating fuel (LP gas) used for this house were compared with those for an adjacent house insulated with 15 cm (6 in.) of fiberglass batts with a vapor barrier. Heating fuel use over 10 broiler flocks was greater in the reflective insulation (RI) house than the fiberglass insulation (FI) house by 10 200 L (2700 gal), indicating a lower thermal resistance for the reflective insulation. This confirms laboratory evaluations of such materials (Cox and Baughman, 1985; Riskowski et al., 1989). Electricity use was slightly greater in the RI house (6 974 vs. 6 617 kWh). Differences between house temperatures (both black globe and air temperatures), averaged over each of three flocks, were 0.6 degrees C (1.0 degrees F) or less, indicating adequate heating and ventilation. Condensation was observed during cool weather on the interior ceiling near the eaves of the RI house, but not the FI house, and dust accumulated on the interior walls and ceiling of both houses. The thermal reflectance of the reflective insulation surface, 31 months after installation, was measured to be 0.61, a reduction of approximately 0.3 from the reflectance of the product in new condition.
153 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Field test of a PVC plant heat exchanger for animal housing. Kennedy, D.A.; Leonard, J.J.; Feddes, J.J.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jul. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 7 (4): p. 457-460; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Poly(vinyl chloride); Heat exchangers; Structural design; Ventilation; Heat recovery; Economic analysis
Abstract: A heat exchanger was constructed using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) sheets for the core. The heat exchanger was installed in a broiler barn and operated in a parallel-flow configuration for 53 days. During this period, performance data were gathered during nine periods of approximately 24 h each. The mean flow rate of the supply air was 565 L/s (1200 CFM) and die mean effectiveness was 0.38. A thermostatically activated defrost cycle prevented ice build-up at ambient temperatures as low as- 35 degrees C (-31 degrees F). Maintenance, in terms of servicing and cleaning was minimal. Economic analysis indicated a simple payback period of three years under local conditions.
154 NAL Call. No.: S37.F72
Fly control for beef, dairy, poultry and swine producers. Jones, B.F.; Johnson, D.R.
Little Rock, Ark. : The Service; 1993 Apr.
FSA - Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas (7029): 4 p.; 1993 Apr.
Descriptors: Musca; Animal housing; Sanitation; Insect control; Insecticides
155 NAL Call. No.: RA644.S15U54 1992
Food safety and quality salmonella control efforts show need for more coordination : report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives.. Salmonella control efforts show need for more coordination United States. General Accounting Office; United States, Congress, House, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Washington, D.C. : The Office ; Gaithersburg, MD (P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg 20877) : The Office [distributor,; 1992; GA 1.13:RCED-92-69. 45 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. Cover title. April 1992. GAO/RCED-92-69. "B-246422"--P. . Includes bibliographical references.
Language: English; English
Descriptors: Salmonellosis; Salmonellosis in poultry
156 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Fractionation of poultry litter for enhanced utilization. Ndegwa, P.M.; Thompson, S.A.; Merka, W.C.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 May. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (3): p. 992-997; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Georgia; Poultry industry; Problem analysis; Poultry manure;
Particle size; Fractionation; Nitrogen; Phosphorus; Potassium; Separators;
Abstract: A potential waste management system for the use of poultry liner was studied based upon the fractionation of litter. It was determined that the compositions of the litter by particle size varied both with the number of flocks that had been raised on the litter and the type of house. As the number of flocks raised on the litter increased from one to three flocks, the amount of fine material increased from 23 to 41%, while the concentration of the middle fraction decreased from 47 to 40%, and the coarse fraction decreased from 26 to 16%. The efficiency of retrieval of the fine fraction from the raw litter by either a vibrating screen separator or a rotary drum separator were found not to be significantly different It was determined by chemical analysis that the P and K concentrations appeared to be distributed uniformly throughout the litter in each fraction while the N was non-uniformly distributed. The concentration of N was greatest in the fine fraction.
157 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Genetic adaptation to multiple-bird cage environment is less evident with effective beak trimming.
Craig, J.V.; Muir, W.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Oct.
Poultry science v. 70 (10): p. 2214-2217; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Beak; Cages; Stocking density; Survival; Debeaking; Line
differences; Body weight
Abstract: Selection of hens with intact beaks for high performance in
multiple-bird cages has produced a stock that clearly exceeds its unselected
control when hens have intact beaks but shows less advantage when comparisons
involve effectively beak-trimmed birds. The selected stock performed at about
the same level as a stock recently derived from a commercial source (but with
two generations of relaxed selection) when birds had intact beaks but at a
lower level when birds had their beaks trimmed. Relative incidences of deaths
from cannibalistic pecking were partially responsible for the results
158 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Genetic variation in the time of oviposition in the laying hen. Lillpers, K.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 May.
British poultry science v. 32 (2): p. 303-312; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Sweden; Hens; Oviposition; Timing; Genetic differences;
Heritability; Line differences; Laying performance; Animal welfare; Selection
program; Genetic correlation; Phenotypic correlation
159 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Growth and performance of broiler breeders fed bacitracin methylene disalicylate and zinc bacitracin.
Damron, B.L.; Wilson, H.R.; Fell, R.V.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jul.
Poultry science v. 70 (7): p. 1487-1492; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Bacitracin; Zinc; Pullets; Body weight; Egg production; Egg hatchability; Feed conversion; Fertility; Dosage effects; Mortality
Abstract: Day-old Cobb broil breeder pullets were randomly allotted into 20 of floor pens where they were brooded and reared to 23 wk of age. Eight pens received a control diet containing no growth promotant. The other 12 were fed 55 mg of bacitracin methylene disalicylate/kg of diet. Males were reared separately on the control diet. Pullets were full-fed for the first 8 wk of life, then placed on a skip-a-day program with breeder-recommended feed allocations. At 23 wk of age bird numbers were reduced to 26 females per pen, three males added, and diets changed to the layer regimen Levels of 0, 27.5, 55, or 110 mg/kg of zinc bacitracin were each assigned to five pens with factorial attention to growing treatments Layer treatments were continued for 280 days. No significant differences were associated with the feeding of bacitracin methylene disalicylate among body weight or mortality data summarized at 18 and 23 wk. Eight-week feed efficiency was aft not affected in the laying phase, 110 mg/kg of zinc bacitracin significantly improved egg production and fatty over the unsupplemented controls. Hatch of fertile eggs. Overall hatchability, and the number of chicks per pen were all significantly improved by 27.5 mg/kg of zinc bacitracin. Higher drug levels supported no additional improvement. Feed efficiency, mortality rate, and final body weight were not significantly influenced by any level of supplementation. No effect of grower treatment upon subsequent layer performance was noted.
160 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Growth, body composition, and plasma androgen concentration of male broiler chickens subjected to different regimens of photoperiod and light intensity. Charles, R.G.; Robinson, F.E.; Hardin, R.T.; Yu, M.W.; Feddes, J.; Classen, H.L.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Oct. Poultry science v. 71 (10): p. 1595-1605; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Growth; Photoperiod; Light intensity; Body weight;
Blood plasma; Body measurements; Feed conversion; Androgens; Body composition;
Organs; Weight; Cocks
Abstract: Day-old male Hubbard broilers (960) were assigned to one of four
treatments (two pens of 120 birds per treatment) to evaluate the effects of
high (150 lx) versus low (5 lx) light intensity and constant 23 h light L):1 h
dark (D) versus increasing (6L:18D increasing 4 h/wk to 23L:1D) photoperiod in
a 2 X 2 factorial arrangement of treatments. Birds were raised to 8 wk on a
typical commercial four-diet program. Low-intensity birds were heavier than
high-intensity birds from 2 to 8 wk (3.25% heavier at 8 wk). Birds raised
under constant photoperiod were heavier than birds raised under increasing
photoperiod from 2 to 5 wk and at 7 wk of age (1.71% heavier at 7 wk).
High-intensity bird carcasses had lower percentage body fat, weight of fat,
and higher percentage body protein at 8 wk compared with low-intensity bird
carcasses (7.77, 10.76, and 1.77%, respectively). High-intensity birds had
smaller abdominal fat pads (weight and percentage of body weight) at 8 wk
compared with low-intensity birds (15.46 and 12.17%, respectively).
Photoperiod did not affect body composition. Birds treated with increasing
photoperiod had larger testes (weight and percentage of body weight) at 8 wk
compared with birds under the constant photoperiod (29.36 and 30.51%,
respectively). Birds treated under increasing photoperiod had higher plasma
androgen concentrations at 7 wk compared with birds under constant photoperiod
(testosterone, .270 versus. 188 ng/ml; androstenedione, .632 versus .494
ng/ml). It appears that increasing daylength can stimulate the onset of sexual
development in broilers as early as 7 wk of age but light intensity has no
161 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 R312
Haematology and histopathology of seven-week-old broilers after early food restriction.
Maxwell, M.H.; Robertson, G.W.; Anderson, I.A.; Dick, L.A.; Lynch, M. London : British Veterinary Association; 1991 May.
Research in veterinary science v. 50 (3): p. 290-297; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Broilers; Restricted feeding; Hematology; Histopathology;
Ascites; Refeeding; Body weight
Abstract: The haematology and histopathology of seven-week-old broilers were
examined after periods of early food restriction, for six, 10 or 14 days from
six days old. After several weeks on an ad libitum diet the birds failed to
compensate for the weight lost during early food restriction. Immediately
after the periods of food restriction, the birds demonstrated significantly
increased heterophil/lymphocyte ratios, reduced eosinophils and slightly
raised basophil counts. At seven weeks old, a significant reduction was seen
in red and white blood cells and thrombocyte numbers together with significant
increases in mean cell haemoglobin and mean cell volume. The haematological
profile demonstrated a macrocytic normochromic anaemia caused possibly by a
folic acid deficiency as a result of the food restriction. Histopathological
lesions were seen in the heart, lungs and liver from birds on all diets but
there were more lesions the longer the food had been restricted. Lung disease
was more marked where there was inadequate ventilation. Cartilaginous and
osseous lung nodules were significantly fewer after food restriction. It was
postulated that the increase in pathological lesions in the food-restricted
birds may be associated with a stress response.
162 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Hardware for microcomputer control of the environment of a production broiler house.
Allison, J.M.; White, J.M.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jan. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 7 (1): p. 119-123; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Broilers; Broiler production; Controlled
atmospheres; Microcomputers; Environmental control
Abstract: A microcomputer-based system to control the environment of a
totally enclosed broiler house was developed and tested. The system was
installed in an existing producer owned broiler house. Environmental control
was provided for the seven-week grow-out of the flock. This article describes
the microcomputer hardware and modifications to the structure and existing
hardware required to make the control system reliable, functional, and to
assure continued operation if the microcomputer or electronic interfaces
163 NAL Call. No.: SF601.A47
Hazards in confinement housing--gases and dusts in confined animal houses for swine, poultry, horses and humans.
Manhattan, Kan. : Kansas State University; 1991 Feb.
Veterinary and human toxicology v. 33 (1): p. 32-39; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Animal housing; Air pollutants
164 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
A highly fatal vascular disease of broiler breeder chickens. Shaw, D.P.; Halvorson, D.A.; Bergeland, M.E.; Newman, L.J. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Jan. Avian diseases v. 35 (1): p. 235-240; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Vascular diseases; Mortality; Case reports; Sex differences; Age; Histopathology; Symptoms; Outbreaks; Eye diseases
Abstract: A broiler breeder operation experienced a sudden outbreak of high
mortality in nine different houses of breeders at eight different locations.
In the first house to be affected, the losses were mainly in the females, but
later flocks had losses up to 6.4%, mainly in the males. Affected chickens
ranged in age from 7 to 22.5 weeks. Multifocal areas of necrosis and
vasculitis were found in skin, muscle, and internal organs. No involvement of
the brain was identified, but many of the birds had uveitis. The outbreak
lasted 3 weeks and ended without treatment. Neither infectious agents nor
mycotoxins were identified.
165 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Histomoniasis in leghorn pullets on a Florida farm.
Homer, B.L.; Butcher, G.D.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Jul. Avian diseases v. 35 (3): p. 621-624; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Florida; Pullets; Histomonas meleagridis; Heterakis; Outbreaks;
Poultry manure; Case reports
Abstract: Recurrent outbreaks of histomoniasis in flocks of 4-to-6-week-old white leghorn pullets is reported. In a typical outbreak, 5% of the pullets were stunted and listless with unkempt feathers. Mortality ranged from 2 to 3%, and the cull rate was approximately 2%. Ceca of affected chickens contained caseous cores. Histological examination of the ceca revealed fibrinonecrotic ulcerative granulomatous typhlitis associated with numerous histomonad trophozoites in the cecal wall. The outbreaks of histomoniasis were associated with heavy parasitism of pullets by Heterakis gallinarum. Litter had not been completely removed from the houses for the past 10 years, providing a constant source of Histomonas-infected larvated Heterakis ova.
166 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 AL13P
Home laying flock.
Fairbanks, Alaska : The Service; 1992 Mar.
Publication - University of Alaska, Cooperative Extension Service v.): 4 p.; 1992 Mar.
Descriptors: Alaska; Hens; Egg production; Chicks; Cost benefit analysis;
Chicken housing; Poultry feeding
167 NAL Call. No.: SF481.2.F56
House fly behavior patterns in high rise poultry houses. Hogsette, J.A.; Jacob, R.D.
Gainesville, Fla. : Florida Agricultural Extension Service; 1992. Proceedings of the ... Florida Poultry Institute (501): p. 13-15; 1992. Meeting held Oct 13-14, 1992, Gainesville, Florida.
Descriptors: Florida; Musca domestica; Poultry housing; Sticky traps;
Population density; Animal behavior
168 NAL Call. No.: TD930.A32
House-fly pupae as poultry manure converters for animal feed: A review. El Boushy, A.R.
Essex : Elsevier Applied Science Publishers; 1991.
Bioresource technology v. 38 (1): p. 45-49; 1991. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry manure; Conversion; Musca domestica; Pupae; Concentrates;
Biodegradation; Chemical analysis; Nutritive value; Feeding; Experiments;
169 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
An improved procedure for intramagnal insemination of the chicken. Engel, H.N.; Froman, D.P.; Kirby, J.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep. Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 1965-1969; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Artificial insemination; Laparotomy; Xylazine; Anesthetics;
Ketamine; Laying performance
Abstract: Intramagnal insemination is a useful technique in the analysis of spermatozoal function. Precise deposition of spermatozoa requires the use of laparotomy. However, hen-day egg production can be adversely affected by such a procedure. The present work demonstrates that postoperative hen-day egg production is affected by choice of anesthetic. Hens anesthetized with a mixture of ketamine and xylazine prior to laparotomy laid 14% fewer eggs (P < .05) when compared with intact controls. In contrast, the postoperative hen-day egg production of hens anesthetized with xylazine alone was comparable with that of intact controls (P > .05). Furthermore, the use of xylazine alone increased the case of handling sedated hens and decreased recovery time. Therefore, xylazine is recommended for anesthetizing hen prior to laparotomy.
170 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 W27P
Incubating, brooding and raising goslings.
Pullman, Wash. : The Service; 1992 Apr.
Extension bulletin - Washington State University, Cooperative Extension Service (1630): 5 p.; 1992 Apr.
Descriptors: Goslings; Incubation; Brood care; Goose feeding; Leg weakness;
171 NAL Call. No.: S533.F66F43
Indiana's 4-H pigeon resource manual.
McKinley, M.; Long, N.D.
West Lafayette, Ind. : The Service; 1992 Apr.
4-H - Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service (742): 38 p.; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pigeons; Poultry housing; Poultry feeding; Poultry diseases; 4-h
172 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Individual perching behaviour of laying hens and its effects of cages. Appleby, M.C.; Smith, S.F.; Hughes, B.O.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 May.
British poultry science v. 33 (2): p. 227-238; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Perches; Animal behavior; Animal welfare; Egg quality
173 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Influence of coccidiosis on Salmonella colonization in broiler chickens under floor-pen conditions.
Arakawa, A.; Fukata, T.; Baba, E.; McDougald, L.R.; Bailey, J.S.; Blankenship, L.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan.
Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 59-63; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Coccidiosis; Eimeria; Salmonella typhimurium;
Nicarbazin; Mixed infections; Intestines; Lesions
Abstract: The influence of coccidiosis on colonization of Salmonella
typhimurium in broiler chickens under floor pen conditions was studied by
semiquantitative methods. Chickens of two groups, unmedicated and medicated
with nicarbazin (125 ppm via the feed), were exposed to three species of
Eimeria (Eimeria tenella, Eimeria maxima, and Eimeria acervulina) at 2, 3, and
4 wk of age and given S. typhimurium in the feed 2 days later. Salmonella
typhimurium was isolated most often (100%) from ceca of chickens exposed at 3
wk of age. Birds in the unmedicated group were positive for S. typhimurium at
a higher rate than those in the medicated group. Salmonella typhimurium was
detected in livers only in a few unmedicated birds.
174 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The influence of egg sequence position on fertility, embryo viability, and embryo weight in broiler breeders.
Robinson, F.E.; Hardin, R.T.; Robinson, N.A.; Williams, B.J. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr. Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 760-765; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Eggs; Sequences; Egg hatchability; Egg weight; Egg shell; Weight losses; Restricted feeding; Unrestricted feeding; Viability
Abstract: A study was undertaken to determine whether fertility, early embryo
viability, and the weight of the egg, shell and embryo are influenced by the
position of an egg in a laying sequence. One hundred and three Indian River
broiler breeder hens were housed individually in cages at 21 wk of age.
Beginning at 43 wk of age, each hen was inseminated once per week, with 50
microliter of fresh undiluted pooled semen from Indian River broiler breeder
males. Beginning at 45 wk of age, and for the following 45 days, all eggs laid
were collected. Eggs were collected hourly for 8 h after "lights on" and a
final daily collection was made 14 h after lights on. Each egg was classified
as "first-of-sequence" or "subsequent". Eggs were weighed and placed in a
forced-air incubator twice per week. After 168 h of incubation, the eggs were
removed from the incubator, weighed and assessed for fertility and embryo
viability status. The embryo was also weighed. Shell weight was recorded after
3 to 4 days of air drying. Egg weight was significantly greater in
first-of-sequence compared with subsequent eggs. First-of-sequence eggs
exhibited significantly smaller Day 7 embryos (on a percentage basis), lower
shell weight (on a percentage basis), and significantly less egg weight loss
during the 7 day incubation period (absolute and percentage basis) than did
subsequent eggs of a sequence. Least squares (LS) means for fertility did not
differ significantly between first (87.02%) and subsequent (89.56%) eggs.
There was no significant difference in LS means for embryo viability (number
viable per 100 fertile eggs set X 100) between first (89.71%) and subsequent
(92.75%) eggs. However, the number of viable embryos per 100 eggs set
(fertility X viability) was significantly lower in first (78.74%) compared
with subsequent (83.17%) eggs.
175 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Influence of increasing photoperiod and toe clipping on breast buttons of turkeys.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Sep.
Poultry science v. 71 (9): p. 1471-1479; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Photoperiod; Defects; Skin; Breast blisters; Breast
muscle; Claws; Surgical operations; Feed conversion; Body weight; Mortality;
Carcasses; Rest; Duration
Abstract: Two 17-wk experiments compared the effects of an increasing
photoperiod treatment (INC) versus a constant photoperiod treatment (23H), and
intact toes versus clipped toes, on the breast button incidence and
performance of heavy tom turkeys. Under INC, the photoperiod was increased
gradually from 8 to 23 h between 4 and 16 wk. Under 23H, the photoperiod
remained constant at 23 h. Use of INC versus 23H resulted in a significant
reduction in breast button incidence at 17 wk in both experiments (P < .05).
Toe clipping had no effect on breast button incidence. The presence of breast
buttons was positively correlated with body weight at 12 wk, and area of
unfeathered skin over the keel at 17 wk. In Experiment 1, the photoperiod
treatments had no significant effect on 17-wk body weight or mortality, but
the INC treatment had an adverse effect on feed efficiency (P <.05). In
Experiment 2, turkeys reared under INC were heavier at 17 wk (P < .05), with
similar feed efficiencies. Mortality was significantly lower on INC than 23H
up to 12 wk in Experiment 2 (P <.05). Turkeys with intact toes were .44 kg
heavier than turkeys with clipped toes at 17 wk in both experiments (P < .05)
and had similar feed efficiencies. Mortality to 4 wk was lower for turkeys
with intact than clipped toes in Experiment 2 (P <.05). Increasing photoperiod
treatments have potential for improving turkey performance, survival, and
carcass quality. The adverse impact of toe clipping on growth and early
survival stresses the need for alternatives to toe clipping for prevention of
downgrading due to scratches.
176 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Influence of stocking density and layer age on production traits and egg quality in Japanese quail.
Nagarajan, S.; Narahari, D.; Jayaprasad, I.A.; Thyagarajan, D. Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 May.
British poultry science v. 32 (2): p. 243-248; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Japanese quails; Stocking density; Age at first egg; Egg
production; Egg weight; Egg quality; Body weight; Age differences; Egg shell
thickness; Poultry housing
177 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Influence of wet and dry feed on laying hens under heat stress. Tadtiyanant, C.; Lyons, J.J.; Vandepopuliere, J.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jan. Poultry science v. 70 (1): p. 44-52; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Heat stress; Water intake; Feed intake; Dry matter; Wet
feeding; Egg weight; Egg yolk; Egg production
178 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Influenza in commercial broiler breeders.
Halvorson, D.A.; JSivanandan, V.; Lauer, D.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jan. Avian diseases v. 36 (1): p. 177-179; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Avian influenzavirus; Disease control; Disease
transmission; Case reports
Abstract: Influenza was detected in a flock of broiler breeders during
routine serological monitoring. Although there were no clinical signs, egg
production may, have been affected in hens on one story of a two-story breeder
house. Intensive measures were taken to avoid transmission to other farms. Two
months after the flock was found to be serologically positive, sentinel hens
were placed in the flock, and they became serologically positive 1 month
later. In spite of this evidence for virus being present in the flock, no
detectable transmission to any other farm occurred.
179 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 W89
Intermittent lighting regimes and mortality rates in laying hens. Lewis, P.D.; Perry, G.C.; Morris, T.R.; Midgley, M.M.
London : Butterworth; 1992 Jul.
World's poultry science journal v. 48 (2): p. 113-120; 1992 Jul. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Light regime; Intermittent light; Mortality; Circadian
rhythm; Physical activity; Body fat; Heat stress; Animal welfare; Animal
behavior; Regulations; Literature reviews
180 NAL Call. No.: 49 AN55
Interrelationships between lack of shading shelter and poultry litter supplementation: food intake, live weight, water metabolism and embryo loss in beef cows grazing dry Mediterranean pasture.
Silanikove, N.; Gutman, M.
East Lothian, Scotland : Durrant; 1992 Dec.
Animal production v. 55 (pt.3): p. 371-376; 1992 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Israel; Beef cows; Heat stress; Poultry manure; Shade; Feed
intake; Female fertility
181 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Introduction: applied ethology and poultry science.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Apr. Poultry science v. 71 (4): p. 631-633; 1992 Apr. Paper contributed to the Symposium on Quantifying the Behavior of Poultry. Includes references.
Descriptors: Domestic animals; Animal behavior; Animal welfare
Abstract: As a scientific discipline, the study of the biological basis of behavior in animals, ethology, is comparatively new. Ethologists have traditionally conducted primarily observational studies designed to ascertain the evolutionary significance of behaviors in wild animals. There is, however, a growing branch of ethology that is concerned with the application of ethological principles to areas such as the management and welfare of economically important species like poultry. Because of the complexity of the causation and expression of behaviors in animals, it is particularly important that such studies be rigorously designed and analyzed. The purpose of this symposium was to stimulate interest in the study of poultry behavior and welfare, and to provide information about current methodology in ethology.
182 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Investigation of a chronic feed-passage problem on a broiler farm in northwest Arkansas.
Apple, R.O.; Skeeles, J.K.; Houghten, G.E.; Beasley, J.N.; Kim, K.S. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Apr. Avian diseases v. 35 (2): p. 422-425; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Arkansas; Broilers; Malabsorption; Avian reovirus; Symptoms;
Pathology; Body weight
Abstract: A commercial broiler farm with a history of poor feed conversion
and chronic feed-passage problems was chosen for investigation. Chickens were
taken from the broiler flock at specified intervals during growout and tested
by virus isolation and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for avian
reovirus. Abnormal tissue pathology was first seen in the broilers at 9 days
of age and continued sporadically throughout the growout period. Antireovirus
antibody levels began to increase at 24 days of age. Avian reovirus and avian
adenovirus was recovered at different intervals starting at 17 and 31 days of
age, respectively. One-day-old specific-pathogen-free chicks housed in
filtered-air positive-pressure isolation units were inoculated with two
inocula recovered from the field study. Avian reovirus was recovered from the
tissues of both treatment groups using chick kidney cells. Significant weight
differences were seen in one of the two treatment groups. This avian reovirus
was given the name SS-412.
183 NAL Call. No.: S605.5.O74
It's easy, fun and rewarding... grow you own chickens. Jesiolowski, J.
Emmaus, Pa. : Rodale Press, Inc; 1993 Mar.
Organic gardening v. 40 (3): p. 36-42; 1993 Mar.
Descriptors: Fowls; Poultry; Farming; Free range husbandry; Yards; Domestic
184 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 G29B
Key factors for poultry house ventilation.
Vest, L.; Tyson, B.L.
Athens, Ga. : The Service; 1991 Dec.
Bulletin - Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia, College of Agriculture v.): 11 p. ill; 1991 Dec.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Ventilation; Air quality
185 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Lack of an effect of taurine supplementation on the incidence of Sudden Death Syndrome in male broiler chicks.
Blair, R.; Jacob, J.P.; Gardiner, E.E.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar.
Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 554-560; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Chicks; Taurine; Mortality; Myocardium; Broiler
performance; Age differences; Etiology
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to study the effect of taurine
supplementation on growth and the incidence of Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in
male broiler chickens. The 4,650 birds were day-old male broiler chickens
raised in floor pens to 9 wk of age. In Experiment 1, the birds received diets
containing 0, 250, 500, or 1,000 mg taurine/kg. In Experiment 2, the
treatments were no added taurine, 500 mg taurine/kg feed, 1,000 mg taurine/kg
feed, 250 mg taurine/L water, and 500 mg taurine/L water. Taurine
supplementation did not have any significant influence on growth performance
although supplementation of the feed at 250 mg/kg reduced the feed:gain ratio
from 1.67 to 1.63 in Experiment 1, which was significant (P<.05). In general,
mortality was unaffected by treatment with a few exceptions: in Experiment 2,
SDS deaths were reduced significantly (P<.01) by supplementation of the feed
with 500 mg taurine/kg, and at 3 and 6 wk of age, SDS deaths as a percentage
of total deaths were reduced significantly with this treatment. The results
are interpreted as suggesting that taurine does not play a major role in the
etiology of SDS.
186 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Late clinical expression of lameness related to associated osteomyelitis and tibial dyschondroplasia in male breeding turkeys.
Wyers, M.; Cherel, Y.; Plassiart, G.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Apr. Avian diseases v. 35 (2): p. 408-414; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Male animals; Stress; Transport of animals; Lameness;
Osteomyelitis; Tibia; Dyschondroplasia
Abstract: A sudden outbreak of lameness related to transport stress is
described in a flock of male breeding turkeys. Most of the affected turkeys
exhibited obvious unilateral leg disorders. All were affected with tibial or
metatarsal dyschondroplasia with at least one lesion associated with a large
focus of necrosis. By histological examinations, bone lesions showed the
typical feature of osteomyelitis. The inflammatory bone lesions appeared at
only single isolated sites and were always associated with obvious sequestra
of dyschondroplastic retained cartilage. Osteomyelitis seems to be an
unexpected acute complication of previous dyschondroplasia in relation with
different breeding stress situations. The resulting pain of the associated
lesions could be the main cause of clinical expression of lameness. The
pathogenesis of the phenomenon remains uncertain.
187 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Laying hen performance as affected by diet and caging density. Brake, J.D.; Peebles, E.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jun. Poultry science v. 71 (6): p. 945-950; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Stocking density; Cage density; Laying performance; Dietary
protein; Lysine; Egg weight; Feed intake; Feed conversion efficiency; Sulfur
Abstract: Two trials were conducted to investigate the effects of caging
density and diet on the performance of caged layers. Diets were formulated to
contain .775, .725, and .675% lysine. The TSAA content was formulated to be
85% of the lysine content of each diet. Pullets were caged in 25.4 cm wide X
40.0 cm deep cages at three, two, or one bird per cage. Production data were
collected for 112 days in Trial 1 and 168 days in Trial 2. As dietary protein,
lysine, and TSAA increased, hen-day egg production, egg weight, and feed
conversion improved (P < .05). Feed consumption and feed per dozen eggs were
not consistently affected by diet. Caging density had no consistent effects on
any of the production parameters. No interactions were detected between
dietary treatments and cage density in either trial.
188 NAL Call. No.: 100 M668
Less ammonia: healthier turkeys.
St. Paul, Minn. : The Station; 1992.
Minnesota science - Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota v. 47 (1): p. 2, 3; 1992.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Poultry housing; Slatted floors; Ammonia; Poultry
189 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Light intensity and sex ratio effects on egg production, egg quality characteristics, and fertility in breeder Pekin ducks. Davis, G.S.; Parkhurst, C.R.; Brake, J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Jan. Poultry science v. 72 (1): p. 23-29; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Ducks; Egg production; Light intensity; Lamps; Sex ratio; Duck
eggs; Egg weight; Egg shell quality; Egg fertility
Abstract: A flock of 520, 11-wk-old breeder Pekin ducklings was raised in 20
floor pens in a curtain-sided poultry house under decreasing day lengths. At
22 wk of age, the ducklings were photostimulated (16 h of light/day) with a
combination of natural daylight and artificial light. After dusk, half of the
ducklings were exposed to 10 lx of incandescent (IN) light and the other half
were maintained under 172 lx of high-pressure sodium (HPS) light. In addition,
each light treatment consisted of an equal number of pens with two different
sex ratios, 22 hens:4 drakes (15% males) and 21 hens:5 drakes (19% males). Egg
production, egg quality characteristics, and fertility were monitored from 22
to 52 wk of age. Ducklings housed under 172 lx of HPS light exhibited
significantly (P less than or equal to .05) greater egg production between 23
and 34 wk of age. Egg weight, shell weight, and shell thickness were not
consistently affected by the different light treatments or sex ratios. The sex
ratios did not affect percentage egg fertility, but fertility was
significantly (P less than or equal to .05) higher in the HPS light treatment
during the last 15 wk of the study. It was concluded that HPS light of 172 lx
can enhance egg production in breeder Pekin ducklings prior to peak production
(37 wk), and HPS light can improve fertility following the peak egg production
period. Furthermore, this study indicated that a breeder duckling flock with
15% males was adequate to achieve optimum fertility.
190 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Light intensity effects on reproductive performance of turkey breeder hens. Siopes, T.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Oct. Poultry science v. 70 (10): p. 2049-2054; 1991 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Female fertility; Light regime; Light intensity; Laying
performance; Feed intake; Egg weight
Abstract: Two trials were conducted to evaluate the reproductive performance of turkey hens to different light intensity during the lay period. In Trial 1 the hens were exposed to 16 h of light (L) and 8 h dark (D) per day (16L:8D) at 54,108,or 2161x and in Trial 2 a 2X2 factorial arrangement of treatments was used with main treatment factors being intensity level (54 versus 324 1x) and photoperiod (16L:8D) versus 14L:10D). Data were collected for time to on set of lay, rate of lay, fertility, hatchability, and egg and poult weight in both trials, and feed intake in Trial 1. In both trials the light intensity treatments were similarly effective in the photoinduction of reproductive performance in Large White turkey hens. This occurred with daily photoperiods of both 14L:10D and 16L:8D in Trial 2 and there was no photoperiod by intensity interaction. There were no significant differences in feed intake or feed efficiency among the 54-, 108-, and 216-1x treatments of Trial 1. It may be concluded that reproductive performance of turkey hens in closed confinement is equivalent within an intensity range of 54 to 324 1x.
191 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Live performance and carcass yield of male broilers from two commercial strain crosses receiving rations containing lysine below and above the established requirement between six and eight weeks of age.
Acar, N.; Moran, E.T. Jr; Bilgili, S.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Nov.
Poultry science v. 70 (11): p. 2315-2321; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Strain differences; Crossbred progeny; Lysine; Breast muscle; Liveweight gain; Carcass yield; Body weight; Body parts; Abdominal fat
Abstract: A total of 1,440 male broilers from two commercial strain crosses, Peterson X Arbor Acres (PAA) and Ross X Ross (RR), was grown to 6 wk of age on crumbled starter (23.2% CP with 1.21% lysine and 3,231 kcal AMEn/kg) and grower (20% CP with 1.01% lysine and 3,234 kcal AMEn/kg) rations. One-half of the 24 birds from each pen were processed and deboned at 6 wk of age. The remaining birds subsequently received experimental rations from 6 to 8 wk of age based on corn, soybean meal, and corn gluten meal (basal ration = 18.1% CP and 2,961 kcal AMEn/kg) containing increasing levels of dietary lysine (.75, .85, 1.05, and 1.15% of complete feeds). All birds were then processed and deboned as performed at 6 wk. The main effects of dietary lysine and strain were analyzed by analysis of variance as a factorial arrangement at 8 wk of age. Live performance of PAA at 8 wk was significantly better than RR, and neither strain cross responded to lysine. The RR had a significantly lower percentage of abdominal fat, and greater percentages chilled carcass and yields of breast "fillets" (Pectoralis major), and "tenders" (Pectoralis minor) than PAA at both 6 and 8 wk. Dietary lysine alone did not affect any carcass characteristics, however, interactions existed between strain and lysine for abdominal fat, breast fillets yield, and tenders yield, which indicated that RR was at advantage for all factors when lysine attained .85%.
192 NAL Call. No.: S544.3.V8V52
Livestock and pets: poultry area fly control.
Turner, E.C.; Youngman, R.R.
Blacksburg, Va. : Extension Division, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; 1992.
Publication - Virginia Cooperative Extension Service (456-018): p. 177-180; 1992. In the series analytic: Pest management guide for home grounds of animals / edited by B.J. Brinlee.
Descriptors: Diptera; Insect control; Poultry housing; Integrated pest management; Hygiene; Bait traps; Spraying; Insecticides
193 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Lower gut contents of broiler chickens withdrawn from feed and held in cages. Papa, C.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 375-380; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Fowl feeding; Digesta; Small intestine; Colon; Cecum; Cloaca; Excreta; Moisture content; Restricted feeding; Slaughter
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to evaluate We effect of feed
withdrawal on the amount and condition of lower gut contents in broiler
chickens. A total of 168 birds was used, there were seven treatments of feed
withdrawal before slaughter. Data were combined into the following periods
(hours of withdrawal) for statistical analysis: Period 1 = 0 and 4 h; Period 2
= 8 and 12 h; and Period 3 = 16, 20, and 24 h. Birds were killed by ether
inhalation. Results indicated an increased production of excreta DM and
greater loss of BW for birds subjected to the longer periods of withdrawal.
The amounts of gross contents in the small intestine, ceca, colon, and cloaca
were greater for Period 1 than for Periods 2 add 3. Percentages of moisture in
the contents of these segments differed, as follows: in the small intestine,
no differences were detected among periods; in the colon and cloaca, moisture
content was lower for Period 1 than for Period 3, and no difference was
detected between Periods 2 and 3; in the ceca, moisture content was higher for
Period 1 than for Period 3, but again, no difference was detected between
Periods 2 and 3. Cecal material was observed in the colon only 15 times, and
the numbers in each period were about equal. Ether inhalation almost entirely
eliminated peri-mortem excretion. In conclusion, the scheduling of feed
withdrawal to occur within Period 2 (withdrawal 8 and 12 h before slaughter)
seemed adequate for minimizing the potential of fecal contamination during
194 NAL Call. No.: SF481.2.P68
Management factors in leg disorders.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992.
Poultry Science Symposium v. 23: p. 195-211; 1992. In the series analytic: Bone biology and skeletal disorders in poultry / edited by C.C. Whitehead. Meeting held September 18-20, 1991, Edinburgh. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Turkeys; Intensive husbandry
195 NAL Call. No.: 275.29 G29L
Management guide for the backyard flock.
Sander, J.E.; Lacy, M.P.
Athens, Ga. : The Service; 1991 Aug.
Leaflet - Cooperative Extension Service, University of Georgia (429): 12 p. ill; 1991 Aug.
Descriptors: Georgia; Chicken meat; Poultry housing; Poultry diseases; Poultry
feeding; Residential areas
196 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Market turkey performance affected by floor type and brooding method. Chen, F.; Noll, S.L.; Clanton, C.J.; Janni, K.A.; Halvorson, D.A. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Sep. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 7 (5): p. 606-612; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Performance testing; Growth; Brooders; Floor type;
Abstract: Two experiments with 320 Large White male turkeys (Nicholas strain) investigated the effect of partial replacement of litter with different types of slotted flooring (fiberglass, concrete, or wood in Experiment 1 and polyvinyl chloride pipe, concrete, or wood in Experiment 2) and the effect of brooding method (cage or floor) on later growing performance. Growth, mortality, feed efficiency, and foot pad dermatitis were not affected by partial replacement of the litter floor area with slotted flooring. Excreta buildup due to narrow slot width was a problem in Experiment 1. Turkeys reared on deep litter had greater breast blister scores than turkeys reared on the wider-slotted flooring in Experiment 2. Slotted flooring reduced litter moisture in both experiments. Cage-brooded turkeys in Experiment 1 were heavier than floor-brooded turkeys at three weeks of age, had greater mortality, and in Experiment 2 had more breast blisters.
197 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Maternal body weight and feed allowance of breeders affect performance of dwarf broiler breeders and tibial ossification of their progeny. Triyuwanta; Leterrier, C.; Brillard, J.P.; Nys, Y.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb. Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 244-254; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Broilers; Body weight; Bone mineralization; Restricted feeding; Feed intake; Egg production; Egg hatchability; Mortality; Egg quality; Abdominal fat; Bone ash; Legs; Abnormalities; Tibia
Abstract: Four hundred and eight dwarf broiler breeder hens were raised
collectively in a floor pen to 21 wk of age. At this age they were classified
into four groups with reference to their individual BW as heavy (1.95 +/- .1
kg), medium (1.80 +/-.1 kg), light (1.69 +/-.1 kg), and ultralight (1.57 +/-.1
kg). All groups were individually caged at 23 wk of age. During the
reproductive period, each group was divided into three subgroups fed on
liberal, intermediate, or severe feed restriction (reaching up to 135, 125,
and 115 g of daily feed allowance at 29 wk of age, respectively). Intergroup
differences in BW were maintained throughout the experiment (21 to 61 wk) but
tended to decrease with age. Hen-day egg production was depressed by the lower
feed allowance. Fertility and hatchability were impaired when hens received
the largest quantities of food. Hen size influenced female breeder performance
only slightly. Shell quality and albumen quality were affected by the level of
feed consumption. Egg weights as well as BW of the progeny at hatching were
enhanced by increased maternal BW and feed allowance. This positive maternal
effect was still present at 40 days of age. Despite better overall BW
perfomances of the male versus female broilers, the abdominal fat pad of
female broilers was heavier than that of males and tended to increase with
breeder size and breeder feed allowance. Accordingly, tibial breaking strength
and percentage ash of the progeny at hatching were markedly improved in
proportion to the breeders' BW and to their feed allowance. The effect of
breeder size on broiler tibial quality was maintained up to 40 days of age but
the effect of breeder feed intake tended to disappear with increasing age of
the broilers. Tibial strength and mineralization were higher in male than in
female broilers at 40 days of age. Dyschondroplasia was higher in broilers
hatched from heavier breeder hens, but was not influenced by breeder feed
intake. The incidence of varus and valgu
198 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Measuring aversion in domestic fowl using passive avoidance. Rutter, S.M.; Duncan, I.J.H.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Mar. Applied animal behaviour science v. 33 (1): p. 53-61; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Avoidance conditioning; Stimuli; Fearfulness; Animal
199 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Measuring preferences and the strength of preferences. Duncan, I.J.H.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Apr. Poultry science v. 71 (4): p. 658-663; 1992 Apr. Paper contributed to the Symposium on Quantifying the Behavior of Poultry. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Animal behavior; Testing; Animal welfare; Duration;
Training of animals; Literature reviews
Abstract: In this review, it is argued that welfare concerns what animals feel. Preference tests give a good first indication of how animals feel and are therefore extremely valuable in animal welfare studies. Methods of overcoming the shortcomings of preference tests are discussed. In order that the results from preference tests be interpreted properly, they should be followed up with appropriate tests to measure the strength of preference. Examples of research in this area that have focused on poultry are given.
200 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Measuring social behavior in poultry.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Apr.
Poultry science v. 71 (4): p. 650-657; 1992 Apr. Paper contributed to the Symposium on Quantifying the Behavior of Poultry. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Animal behavior; Selection responses; Stress response; Social dominance; Poultry housing; Sexual maturity; Literature reviews
Abstract: Social behavior of poultry is discussed in general terms, variables
having major effects are indicated, and frequently used techniques of
measurement are presented and compared. Studies in which different variables
and methods were described are presented as examples, with primary emphasis on
the behavior of chickens.
201 NAL Call. No.: S671.A66
Mechanical backup systems for electronic environmental controllers. Gates, R.S.; Overhults, D.G.; Turner, L.W.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Jul. Applied engineering in agriculture v. 8 (4): p. 491-497; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Environmental control; Controllers; Pig housing; Poultry housing
Abstract: A series of mechanical backup systems for electronic environmental
controllers is presented for a typical finishing swine barn and a typical
tunnel ventilated broiler house. The systems consist of mechanical thermostats
and timers used in parallel with the electronic controller, designed to ensure
animal survival in the event of controller or related hardware failure. For
swine housing, three distinct mechanical backup functions are identified; for
broiler housing, four distinct mechanical backup functions are identified.
Schematic diagrams of the mechanical backup functions are provided and their
implementation is described.
202 NAL Call. No.: QH540.S8
A minimum-cost biofilter for reducing aerial emissions from a broiler chicken house.
Pearson, C.C.; Phillips, V.R.; Green, G.; Scotford, I.M. Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishing B.V.; 1992.
Studies in environmental science (51): p. 245-254; 1992. In the series analytic: Biotechniques for air pollution abatement and odour control policies / edited by A.J. Dragt and J. van Ham. Proceedings of an International Symposium, October 27-29, 1991, Maastricht, The Netherlands. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicken housing; Poultry droppings; Odor abatement; Odor emission; Biological treatment; Microbial degradation; Bioreactors
203 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
A model for the heat pump brooding of broilers.
Ibrahim, M.H.; Stewart, L.E.; Carr, L.E.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jul. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (4): p. 1873-1878; 1991 Jul. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Brood rearing; Floor husbandry; Heat pumps; Poultry
housing; Simulation models
Abstract: A mathematical model was developed to describe air-to-air heat pump
performance for floor raised broilers inside a 20,000 bird house (122 X 12.2
m) (Ibrahim, 1988). A subroutine was used to predict the performance of
air-to-air heat pumps used to supply the supplemental heat for the broiler
house in a January flock. Three heat pump sizes were studied in these
simulations (61.53, 82.63, and 94.93 kW). From the simulations, the most
economical combination of heat pump size and its auxiliary electrical
resistance was chosen based on minimum total cost. The 61.53 kW heat pump was
the most economical of the three sizes studied. The cost was 1.1 times greater
for heat pump brooding compared to the conventional LP-gas brooding system.
The 61.53 kW heat pump would be economically viable when the price of LP-gas
is greater than $0.89/gallon.
204 NAL Call. No.: 410 B77
Modification of fear in domestic chicks, Gallus gallus domesticus, via regular handling and early environmental enrichment.
Jones, R.B.; Waddington, D.
London : Academic Press; 1992 Jun.
Animal behaviour v. 43 (pt.6): p. 1021-1033; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Fearfulness; Behavior modification; Handling;
Environment; Enrichment; Animal welfare
Abstract: Although its adaptive properties are recognized, fear can harm the welfare and performance of intensively housed poultry. Its alleviation in individually caged domestic chicks via the independent or integrated application of regular handling and environmental enrichment regimes was investigated. The test situations incorporated varying degrees of exposure to novel, inanimate stimuli and of human involvement. Enrichment reduced freezing and avoidance of a novel object introduced into the home cage, accelerated emergence from a sheltered area into an exposed unfamiliar one and increased vocalization, ambulation and pecking in an open field or novel environment. It also reduced the chicks' avoidance of a nearby, visible experimenter and attenuated their tonic immobility reaction to manual restraint. Such wide-ranging effects suggest that environmental enrichment may have modified general, non-specific fearfulness. Regular handling also attenuated the chicks' tonic immobility responses and their avoidance of the experimenter but it exerted few other detectable effects and there was no demonstrable effect of handling in the presence of enrichment. These findings are consistent with the suggestion that repeated gentle handling may exert its strongest influence by facilitating habituation to human beings rather than by, reducing underlying fearfulness. The implications of reduced fearfulness and other potential benefits of handling and enrichment procedures are discussed.
205 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Modification of the ethidium bromide exclusion procedure for evaluation of turkey semen.
Bakst, M.R.; Cech, H.C.; Sexton, T.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb.
Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 366-370; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Semen; Spermatozoa; Viability; Osmotic pressure;
Solutions; Quality; Evaluation; Turkey egg fertility; Artificial insemination;
Abstract: The objective of the present study was to modify the ethidium
bromide exclusion procedure in order to detect dead and labile turkey
spermatozoa after 24 h storage at 7 C. In Experiment 1, fresh and stored
spermatozoa were suspended in phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) ranging in
osmolarity from 296 to 3 mOsm/ kg H2O, each solution containing the same
concentration of the nuclear fluorochrome ethidium bromide. In the 3 mOsm/kg
H2O PBS, nearly all the fresh (98.3%) and stored (96.7%) spermatozoa were
stained with ethidium bromide, indicating they were nonviable. Fresh
spermatozoa revealed minor variation in the precentage of nonviable
spermatozoa in the ethidium bromide exclusion procedure (ethidium bromide in
PBS at 296 mOsm/kg H2O) (20.9%) and the remaining hypotonic PBS solutions
(range 20.4 to 18.9%). In the stored semen samples a previously undetected
subpopulation of more labile spermatozoa became apparent in hypotonic
solutions with osmolarities of 122 and 56 mOsm/kg H2O. In Experiment 2, hen
fertility was determined using fresh and stored semen. All hens were
inseminated with 100 X 10(6) viable spermatozoa. Viability of stored semen was
determined either by the original ethidium bromide exclusion procedure or
using the sperm-stress test (ethidium bromide in PBS at 56 mOsm/kg H2O). The
observations showed that adjusting the number of viable spermatozoa
inseminated based on the percentage of viable sperm estimated from the
sperm-stress test did not improve hen fertility over a 15-wk egg production
206 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Multivariate epidemiological approach to coccidiosis in broilers. Henken, A.M.; Goelema, J.O.; Neijenhuis, F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Nov. Poultry science v. 71 (11): p. 1849-1856; 1992 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Netherlands; Broilers; Coccidiosis; Lesions; Epidemiology; Risk;
Light regime; Environmental temperature; Ammonia; Carbon dioxide; Air quality;
Litter; Chicken housing; Size
Abstract: A retrospective, case-control study into risk factors of
coccidiosis was undertaken using data from 189 broiler flocks. A case flock
was defined as a flock in which at least one bird had intestinal lesions on 1
of 6 wk in a 42-day cycle. Flocks wherein such birds could not be detected
were defined as controls. There were 187 variables, measured or derived. These
were assigned to subsets of data, each subset being a group of variables
representing related information. Uni- and bivariate analyses were performed
in each subset. Variables and interactions that were significant in these
analyses were entered into a multivariate model across subsets. In the final
model, seven variables appeared to be significantly associated with detecting
lesions in birds of a flock. Differences among breeds covered a range of about
an 80-fold change in risk of being a case. At intermittent lighting, the risk
of being a case increased about sevenfold compared with continuous lighting. A
higher initial (Week 1) environmental temperature decreased the risk of
finding lesions in a flock (about .8-fold per degree Celsius). This risk was
also lower at a lower average aerial ammonia content (below versus above 14
ppm) and higher maximum carbon dioxide content (above versus below .4 vol%)
changing the risk about .3- and .4 -fold, respectively. The risk of being
among cases increased with more litter (about twofold per kilogram of litter
per square meter). Flocks in houses of 600 to 800 m(2) were about 9.8 times
more at risk of being scored as lesion-positive than those in smaller houses.
It is concluded that quantitative epidemiological methods may be used to
identify and quantify relevant risk factors to control losses from impaired
health and productivity.
207 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Multivariate epidemiological approach to salmonellosis in broiler breeder flocks.
Henken, A.M.; Frankena, K.; Goelema, J.O.; Graat, E.A.M.; Noordhuizen, J.P.T.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 May.
Poultry science v. 71 (5): p. 838-843; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Salmonellosis; Salmonella; Hygiene; Chicken housing;
Disease surveys; Multivariate analysis; Risk; Epidemiology; Intensive
Abstract: A retrospective, case-control study into risk factors of salmonellosis was undertaken using data from 111 broiler breeder flocks assembled during a 5-yr period. The results of both univariate and multivariate analyses are presented. Many different Salmonella species were detected. Multivariate models were created based on the outcome of univariate analyses. The following variables appeared to be the most relevant: disinfection tubs, hygiene barriers, the interaction of disinfection tubs by hygiene barriers, and feed mills. The final model indicated that flocks housed at farms without a disinfection tub, with poor hygiene barriers, and receiving their feed from a small feed mill had a 46.1 times greater risk of being Salmonella-positive than flocks housed at farms with a disinfection tub, with good hygiene barriers, and receiving their feed from a large feed mill. It is concluded that the application of quantitative epidemiological methods can be valuable not only to identify potential risk factors but also to quantify their contributory effect on the disease outcome. Hence, it may be a useful tool for application in "integrated food chain quality control programs".
208 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Mycoplasma synoviae in a release pen-raised wild turkey. Luttrell, M.P.; Kleven, S.H.; Mahnke, G.M.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jan. Avian diseases v. 36 (1): p. 169-171; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: North Carolina; Turkeys; Mycoplasma synoviae; Symptoms; Case
reports; Wild birds; Mycoplasmosis
Abstract: Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) was isolated from the sinus of an adult female "wild-type" turkey found feeding with backyard chickens at a private residence in Randolph County, N.C. Clinical signs included sinusitis, dyspnea, emaciation, diarrhea, and nasal discharge. The bird was seropositive for MS and M. gallisepticum (MG) on the rapid plate agglutination test and had titers of 1:160 for MS and 1:20 for MG on the hemagglutination-inhibition test. Isolations of MS and M. galloparvonis were confirmed by the fluorescent antibody test. This case represents the first and only, report of MS in a free ranging "wild-type" turkey in the eastern United States. Behavioral and other evidence suggests that the bird was a released pen-raised turkey.
209 NAL Call. No.: 472 N42
The myth of the barn egg.
London, Eng. : New Science Publications; 1991 Nov30.
New scientist v. 132 (1797): p. 40-43; 1991 Nov30.
Descriptors: Europe; Animal welfare; Hens; Stocking density; Regulations;
European communities; Eggs
210 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
The nature of handling immediately prior to test affects tonic immobility fear reactions in laying hens and broilers.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Aug.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 34 (3): p. 247-254; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Broilers; Fearfulness; Handling; Immobilization
211 NAL Call. No.: S1.S68
New biologically based technique for keeping poultry in cages. Khoshabov, G.D.; Kalyuzhnov, V.T.; Sukhova, N.O.
New York, N.Y. : Allerton Press; 1991.
Soviet agricultural sciences (7): p. 45-48; 1991. Translated from: Vsesoiuznaia akademiia sel'skokhoziaistvennykh nauk. Doklady, (7), p. 48-52. (20 AK1). Includes references.
Language: English; Russian
Descriptors: Siberia; Poultry housing; Hens; Battery cages; Maintenance; Equipment; Cage density; Animal physiology; Productivity; Improvement
212 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Numerical optimization of evaporative misting systems. Gates, R.S.; Timmons, M.B.; Bottcher, R.W.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Jan. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (1): p. 275-280; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Mist sprayers; Poultry housing; Relative humidity; Temperature; Ventilation; Evaporative cooling; Broilers; Mathematical models
Abstract: A new method for implementing evaporative misting of broiler houses
was developed and investigated. The method consisted of a nonlinear
optimization of an objective function for bird comfort, subject to a set of
constraints defining a thermal balance on the building. The method predicted
the interior state point of the air, the ventilation rate and evaporative
efficiency. The misting evaporation rate was specified at different values.
The objective function utilized was a temperature-humidity index (THI).
Minimizing THI with specified evaporation rates resulted in surprisingly low
ventilation rates over an extremely wide range for outside conditions.
Comparison of these results with conventional misting operations showed
substantial reductions in THI (2 degrees C for a typical case). Application of
the proposed new method is discussed.
213 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Occurrence of Salmonella enteritidis in the U.S. commercial egg industry: report on a national spent hen survey.
Ebel, E.D.; David, M.J.; Mason, J.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 646-654; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: U.S.A.; Hens; Salmonella enteritidis; Salmonella; Incidence; Cecum; Geographical distribution; Flocks; Regional surveys
Abstract: In order to estimate the prevalence and distribution of Salmonella enteritidis in U.S. commercial egg-production flocks, a survey of spent laying hens was conducted over a 3-month period. Seven of the 10 largest spent hen processing plants in the United States participated. Ceca were sampled twice weekly from birds presented for slaughter at these plants. Simples were cultured for Salmonella and S. enteritidis and S. enteritidis isolates were phage-typed. Overall, 23,431 pooled cecal samples were collected from a total of 406 layer houses. Salmonella (any serotype) and S enteritidis were recovered from 24% and 3% of the pooled samples, respectively. The distribution of S enteritidis phage types was consistent with data reported by others. Regionally, the estimated prevalence of S. enteritidis positive houses (i.e., at least one positive sample found in a house) for the Northern, Southeastern. and Central/Western regions was 45%, 3%, and 17%, respectively. Overall, the prevalence of Salmonella-positive positive houses was 86%.
214 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Oocytes of Eimeria in the litter of broilers reared to eight weeks of age before and after withdrawal of lasalocid or salinomycin. Chapman, H.D.; Johnson, Z.B.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug. Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1342-1347; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Litter; Eimeria; Oocytes; Moisture content; Lasalocid; Salinomycin; Body weight; Feed conversion efficiency; Liveweight gain
Abstract: Forty-six broiler houses were examined for the presence of oocysts of Eimeria in the litter before and after withdrawal of lasalocid or salinomycin from the feed. A decrease in number of small oocysts (Eimeria acervulina or Eimeria mitis) was observed following withdrawal of medication. Numbers of medium-sized oocysts (probably Eimeria tenella) remained the same, but an increase in large oocysts (Eimeria maxima) was recorded. No lesions attributable to Eimeria tenella were found in the ceca of birds after withdrawal of the drug. More small-and medium-sized oocysts were found at sites with new litter than at sites where the litter had been employed for previous flocks. No difference in the number of oocysts was found, whether birds were reared on oak shavings or a mixture of pine shavings and rice hulls. The number of oocysts was positively correlated with the moisture content of the litter, but there was no correlation between oocysts present and the final BW or feed conversion of the birds. Moisture levels were highest (after withdrawal of drug) for new litter or oak shavings. There was no correlation between moisture content of the litter and BW or feed conversion.
215 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Optimum ventilation capacity for layer houses.
Aho, P.W.; Timmons, M.B.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Nov.
Poultry science v. 70 (11): p. 2237-2245; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Egg production; Simulation models; Environmental temperature;
Artificial ventilation; Cost benefit analysis; Economic impact; Risk; Chicken
housing; Egg weight
Abstract: A stochastic weather model was used in conjunction with a
deterministic performance model of egg production. These two models were used
to determine optimum ventilation rate capacities for layer houses, given four
different climates (as reflected by monthly maximum outside temperatures), and
two egg price scenarios. Stochastic simulations were conducted for 200 yr at
expected maximum monthly average temperatures of 21, 23, 25, and 27 C. Optimum
ventilation rates ranged from 3.75 m3/h per kilogram to at least 9.4 m3/h per
kilogram depending upon flock placement date or confidence level desired. Net
economic return increased by as much as $.263 per layer per year when 7.5 m3/h
per kilogram was used instead of 3.75 m3/h per kilogram, in a warm climate. In
addition, optimum ventilation capacity was reduced by 1.9 m3 h per kilogram if
the price differential that existed between extra large and large eggs was
eliminated. These findings suggest that optimal ventilation capacities are
higher than those currently in common use, particularly in areas with a
216 NAL Call. No.: NBULD3656.5 1991 N684
Ovarian responses of the laying hen to heat stress.. University of Nebraska--Lincoln thesis : Animal Science
Novero, Ruben P.
138 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. Includes bibliographical references.
217 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Partitioned ventilation control for broilers.
Flood, C.A. Jr; Trumbull, R.D.; Koon, J.L.; Brewer, R.N. St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1991 Nov. Transactions of the ASAE v. 34 (6): p. 2541-2549; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Psychrometers; Ventilation; Air temperature; Broilers; Heat conservation; Microcomputers; Relative humidity
Abstract: A partitioned ventilation control strategy was developed for
broiler house environmental control. In the strategy, ventilation to remove
moisture produced by broilers is partitioned into two daily time periods. The
protocol calls for 50 to 60% of the moisture to be removed by ventilation at a
high rate during the warmest seven to nine hours of the day. The remaining
moisture, is removed by ventilating at a lower rate during the remainder of
the 24-hour period. The strategy was implemented in a small-scale,
commercial-style broiler house using a low-cost microcomputer and associated
input/output components. Over five growouts, a brooding gas savings of
approximately 19% was realized compared to an identical house using a
conventional control strategy and electromechanical controls. House
temperature and bird performance were essentially the same for the two control
218 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Performance and immunity of heat-stressed broilers fed vitamin- and electrolyte-supplemented drinking water.
Ferket, P.R.; Qureshi, M.A.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan.
Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 88-97; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Drinking water; Vitamin supplements;
Electrolytes; Environmental temperature; Liveweight gain; Feed conversion
efficiency; Immune response; Mortality
Abstract: The efficacy of different vitamin and electrolyte treatments of drinking water for heat-stressed broilers was studied in two experiments. In Experiment 1, commercial broilers (50% male, 50% female, sexed), were subjected to four drinking water treatments: 1) unsupplemented water (control); 2) B-vitamins plus electrolytes (B+El); 3) vitamins A, D, and E, B-vitamins plus electrolytes (ADEB+El); and 4) vitamins A, D, and E and B-vitamins (ADEB). Each treatment group was replicated in eight pens containing 70 birds. All birds were provided ad libitum access to feed through to 43 days of age and subjected to the water treatment from 16 to 21 days and 38 to 43 days. The birds were exposed to the 35 C ambient temperature during the last 72 h of each period. Immune function was tested on the males in each pen while they received the water treatments from 24 to 34 days of age. In comparison with the control, feed conversion was improved 5.6% by ADEB+El and ADEB, and body weight gain was improved 6.7% by ADEB (P<.05). Total and IgG antibody response against SRBC after primary immunization was improved by B+El; whereas, B+El and ADEB treatments improved IgG after secondary immunization. The highest numbers of Sephadex-elicited peritoneal macrophages were found among ADEB-treated birds, but neither adherence nor phagocytic ability of macrophages from either group was affected. Natural killer cells from all except ADEB+El-treated birds exhibited comparably high tumoricidal activity. In Experiment 2, commercial male broilers were given either unsupplemented water or vitamin-supplemented water (ADEB treatment) at 22 to 30 days, 37 to 41 days, and 52 to 55 days. The birds were exposed to 35 C at 38 to 41 days and 53 to 55 days of age. The two water treatments were replicated in 16 pens of 40 birds. Vitamin treatment increased 1- to 63-day body weight gain and feed conversion by 3 and 5%, respectively (P<.1), and it reduced mortality related to heat stress by 63% (P<.05). Vitamin
219 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Performance evaluation of heat-stressed commercial broilers provided water-cooled floor perches.
Reilly, W.M.; Koelkebeck, K.W.; Harrison, P.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Aug.
Poultry science v. 70 (8): p. 1699-1703; 1991 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Perches; Liveweight gain; Chicken housing; Feed conversion; Feed intake; Adaptation; Environmental factors
Abstract: A study was conducted to determine whether water-cooled floor
perches would be utilized by commercial broilers exposed to a constant hot
ambient environment; and subsequently, whether utilization of these perches
would improve performance beyond those provided uncooled floor perches. A
total of 330 day-old commercial broiler chicks were randomly allocated to six
pens (2.44 m2) in an environmentally controlled facility and maintained in a
thermoneutral brooding environment for 16 days. Following this period, 240
birds were selected on a body weight basis and randomly assigned to the six
pens. A perch constructed from steel pipe (2.44 m length, 5.0 cm diameter) was
then placed diagonally on the litter covered floor of each pen. The birds were
first exposed to a thermoneutral period (27.7 C), during which time cooling of
the perches in three replicate pens was initiated by circulating tap water.
The other three experimental pens received ambient perches. Ambient
temperature was then raised to 32.6 C for the following 4 wk. The results of
present study showed that utilization of water-cooled perches by broilers was
greater (P less than or equal to.01) than ambient perch utilization throughout
the 32.6 C period. Average daily gain was greatest (P less than or equal to
.01) for broilers exposed to cool perches. Additionally, they consume more
feed (P less than or equal to .05), on a daily basis, than those given ambient
perches during the heat-stress period. Broilers exposed to water-cooled
perches also had a more efficient gain to feed ratio (P less than or equal to
.01). At the completion of the study, final body weight and total body weight
gain were greater (P less than or equal to .05) for broilers given
water-cooled perches compared with those exposed to ambient perches. Total
amount of feed consumed and total food efficiency were only moderately
affected (P less than or equal to .10) by perch treatments. These results
indicated that water-cooled perches were bene
220 NAL Call. No.: SF481.J68
Performance of turkeys subjected to day and night feeding programs during heat stress.
Mamputu, M.; Cunningham, D.L.; Buhr, R.J.
Athens, Ga. : Applied Poultry Science, Inc; 1992.
Journal of applied poultry research v. 1 (3): p. 296-299; 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Georgia; Turkeys; Heat stress; Restricted feeding
221 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Performance of two male broiler breeder strains raised and maintained on various constant photoschedules.
Renden, J.A.; Oates, S.S.; West, M.S.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Jul.
Poultry science v. 70 (7): p. 1602-1609; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Cocks; Photoperiod; Strain differences; Body weight;
Semen production; Sexual maturity; Age; Testes; Weight; Spermatozoa; Blood
Abstract: The purpose of the present study was to examine the interaction of
constant photoschedules and genetic background on performance of male broiler
breeders. Day-old cockerels from two BW strains were placed on litter floors
in light-controlled chambers. Light treatments (LT) (60 lx) consisted of 2, 4,
8, 16, and 24 h light/day. At 9 wk of age, birds were individually caged and
evaluated biweekly for semen production. Venous blood samples were collected
at 16, 32, 48, and 64 wk of age. Data for testes weight, histology, and
morphometry were obtained at 64 wk. Age at first semen production showed a
cubic response in the levels of LT with earliest semen production from 4 and 8
h light (187.0 and 188.2 days, respectively). The BW was linear in the levels
of LT within week; average BW was generally greater for birds on short LT than
for birds on longer LT. Semen concentration was also linear in the levels of
LT within week; increased semen concentration occurred with short LT. Changes
in semen weight and spermatozoa count per ejaculate across the levels of LT
differed for strain. A larger percentage of males produced semen in the less
than or equal to 8 h LT than in the 16 or 24 h LT. Plasma testosterone was
lower at 16 wk compared with later ages, and a positive linear relationship
existed between testosterone level and hours of light. There was a cubic LT
effect for testes weight per BW with larger values for less than or equal to 8
h LT compared with 16 or 24 h LT.
222 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Photoperiodic control of reproduction in the domestic hen. Sharp, P.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 May. Poultry science v. 72 (5): p. 897-905; 1993 May. Paper presented at the symposium "Current Advances in Reproduction", August 3, 1992 at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Poultry Science Association. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Photoperiod; Lh; Hormone secretion; Egg production; Blood
Abstract: Egg laying in domestic hens exposed to natural lighting begins
shortly after the winter solstice, peaks in early spring, begins to decrease
before the fall equinox, and is at its lowest during the late fall and early
winter. The seasonal cycle of egg production phase-leads that of the changes
in day length. This seeming anomaly can be explained if it is accepted that 1)
short days are photoperiodically neutral and do not actively inhibit
gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH)-I neurons; and 2) long days are
photoperiodically active, transducing both stimulatory and inhibitory inputs
to GnRH-I neurons. The development of a long day-induced inhibitory input
results in a form of photorefractoriness. Around the winter solstice,
photorefractoriness is dissipated by prolonged exposure to short days,
allowing GnRH-I neurons to express a photoperiodic-independent,
genotype-dependent, level of activity. This is sufficient to stimulate egg
laying before the minimum photoperiod for photoinduced gonadotropin release is
reached in early spring. When day length begins to decrease after the summer
solstice, the photoinduced stimulatory input to GnRH-I neurons is reduced,
unmasking the photoinduced inhibitory input. As a consequence, the activity of
GnRH-I neurons decreases rapidly and the intensity of egg laying decreases.
The minimum and maximum day lengths required to stimulate reproductive
function in short-day hens, calculated from the photoperiodic response curves
(PRC) for luteinizing hormone release are about 10 and 13 h, respectively,
depending on genotype. Practical lighting programs in photoperiodically
controlled poultry houses can make use of PRC to "light up" hens using
photoperiods on the linear portion of the appropriate PRC and subsequently
increasing the photoperiod during the laying year to counter the progressive
development of photorefractoriness.
223 NAL Call. No.: 444.8 G28
Plasma adrenocorticotropin in domestic geese: effects of ether stress and endocrine manipulations.
Kovacs, K.J.; Peczely, P.
Orlando, Fla. : Academic Press; 1991 Nov.
General and comparative endocrinology v. 84 (2): p. 192-198; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Geese; Corticotropin; Corticosterone; Hormone secretion; Stress;
Ethers; Gonadectomy; Thyroidectomy; Blood plasma; Sex differences;
Abstract: A direct radioimmunoassay for the determination of avian adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) in a small volume of plasma was developed using an antiserum specific for N-terminal region of the ACTH molecule. The sensitivity of the two stage assay is 0.1 fmol ACTH/tube. The specificity of the antiserum was tested by its cross reactions with synthetic ACTH fragments and by comparing curves obtained by dilution of different plasma specimens to that of ACTH(1-39) reference standard. Adrenocorticotropin responses of chronically cannulated geese to ether stress were evaluated and compared to changes of plasma corticosterone (B) concentration over a 2-hr period. ACTH showed a maximum between 5 and 10 min after ether exposure, while B peak appeared 10-15 min later. Thirty minutes after ether inhalation plasma ACTH returned to the baseline, while B response was longer-lasting and decreased to the resting level between 60 and 120 min. Basal and stress-induced ACTH plasma levels were also investigated in male and female gonadectomized and thyroidectomized geese. Castration increased, while thyroidectomy decreased the basal ACTH concentration. These endocrine manipulations did not, however, markedly affect the stress-induced ACTH hypersecretion except in thyroidectomized ganders, where the increment of plasma ACTH 10 min after ether inhalation was significantly lower than in sham operated control geese.
224 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Plasma progesterone, luteinizing hormone concentrations, and granulosa cell responsiveness in heat-stressed hens.
Novero, R.P.; Beck, M.M.; Gleaves, E.W.; Johnson, A.L.; Deshazer, J.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Nov. Poultry science v. 70 (11): p. 2335-2339; 1991 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Heat stress; Blood plasma; Progesterone; Lh; Laying performance; Granulosa cells; Ovaries; Ovulation; Biosynthesis; Timing
Abstract: Plasma progesterone and luteinizing hormone (LH) profiles were
obtained during the first ovulatory cycle of heat-stressed (HS, 35 C; n = 24)
and unstressed (US, 17 to 27 C; n = 24) hens using 30-min sampling intervals
beginning approximately 6 h prior to ovulation. Progesterone levels from HS
hens were lower from 6 h [.07 +/- 0.1 (SE) versus 1.66 +/- .25 ng/mL; P =
.008] to predicted ovulation (.06 +/-.006 versus .70 +/- .18 ng/mL; P = .07).
Likewise, LH levels from hens were lower from 6 h (1.55 +/- 16 versus 3.86 +/-
.34 ng/mL; P =.007) to predicted ovulation (1.63 +/- .18 versus 2.50 +/- .27
ng/mL; P = .01). Eggs from HS hens were more often laid early (< 24 h) than
eggs from US hens (71.42 versus 13.33%, respectively; P = .01), but US hens
more often laid eggs of a normal oviposition interval length (24 to 26 h)
compared with HS hens (73.34 versus 14.29%; P =.0005). The percentage of
delayed eggs (> 26 h) was not different (US, 14.29 versus HS, 13.37%; P = .75)
between the two treatment groups. Basal production of progesterone by
dispersed granulosa cells from US hens was 97.62 +/- 16.01 ng/mL. Challenge by
LH increased this to 417.50 +/- 53.38 ng/mL (P = .001). In contrast, basal
progesterone secretion by cells from HS hens was 40.25 +/- 6.60 ng/mL (P =
.0001) and LH challenge failed to increase progesterone production. The
results indicate possible direct HS effects on ovarian tissue, perhaps in
addition to other indirect effects, as a contributing factor to the decline in
225 NAL Call. No.: SB950.A1V4
Population dynamics of Rattus rattus in poultry and implications for control. Sridhara, S.; Krishnamurthy, T.R.
Davis, Calif. : University of California; 1992 Aug.
Proceedings ... Vertebrate Pest Conference (15): p. 224-228; 1992 Aug. Meeting held March 3-5, 1992, Newport Beach, CA. Includes references.
Descriptors: India; Rattus rattus; Poultry housing; Poultry; Population
dynamics; Population structure; Rodent control
226 NAL Call. No.: S1.M57
Portable housing for poultry and hogs.
Columbia, Mo. : Missouri Farm Publishing Inc; 1993 Jun.
Small Farm Today v. 10 (3): p. 38-42; 1993 Jun.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Pig housing; Free range husbandry
227 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Posthatch carbohydrate feeding and subsequent performance of turkey poults. Donaldson, W.E.; Brewer, C.E.; Ferket, P.R.; Christensen, V.L. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan. Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 128-132; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poults; Dietary carbohydrate; Dietary protein; Glycogen; Liver; Body weight; Feed conversion efficiency; Mortality; Blood sugar
Abstract: In two floor pen trials, day-old poults were fed a low-protein (18.6%) diet for the first 24 or 48 h compared with control poults fed a 28% protein diet. Beyond these initial treatments, all poults were treated identically and were fed the normal progression of starter, grower, and finisher diets to market weight. The treatments did not alter market age body weight or feed conversion. Early mortality and feed intake during the first 48 h were unaffected by the treatments. Feeding the low-protein diet for 24 h enhanced liver glycogen reserves compared with the control. In a battery cage trial, diets containing 50, 33, or 15% available carbohydrate (20, 28, or 35% crude protein, respectively) were fed for 24 h posthatch. The diets had no effect on blood glucose level, but liver glycogen concentration increased with increasing dietary carbohydrate. The results clearly indicate that carbohydrate metabolism is altered by posthatch dietary carbohydrate level. The results also suggest that the dietary protein requirement during the first 24 or 48 h posthatch may not be as high as it is currently thought to be.
228 NAL Call. No.: SF995.W4
Postmortem monitoring of flock mortality. 1. Animal welfare aspects. McMartin, D.A.
Davis, Calif. : University of California; 1992.
Proceedings - Western Poultry Disease Conference (41st): p. 14; 1992. Meeting held on March 1-3, 1992, Sacramento, California. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Animal welfare; Mortality
229 NAL Call. No.: SF487.A77 1992
Poultry production systems behaviour, management and welfare. Appleby, Michael C.; Hughes, B. O.; Elson, H. A.
Oxon, U.K. : C.A.B International,; 1992.
xvi, 238 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-227) and index.
Descriptors: Poultry; Poultry
230 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Poultry production's environmental impact on water quality. Pope, C.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May. Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1123-1125; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry industry; Waste treatment; Waste disposal; Water quality;
Abstract: Poultry meat and eggs are rapidly becoming the major source of animal protein in the diets of American consumer's. Such expansion has resulted in a similar increase in waste management problems. The national production of broilers and mature chickens was 5.68 billion, 242 million turkeys, 31 million ducks, and 69 billion table eggs in 1989 based on the USDA National Statistics Survey. Annual production of fecal waste from poultry flocks was 8.8 million tons on a dry weight basis plus more than 106,000 metric tons of broiler hatchery waste. Add to this 37 million dead birds and condemnations at processing plants (figures are also from USDA for 1989 based on USDA National Statistics Survey). When all this waste is added together, the task of keeping the environment clean becomes monumental. The following waste management practices can and must take care of these poultry industry waste products: sanitary land fill, rendering facilities, extrusion machinery, compost plants, lagoons or holding tanks, and land application techniques.
231 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Poultry research and the contract payment-net return paradox. Aho, P.W.; Reid, D.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb. Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 250-253; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Georgia; Broilers; Research support; Contract farming; Returns; Poultry housing; Costs; Agricultural research; Productivity
Abstract: The purpose of the study was to illustrate the effects of the
expenditure of public and private funds on basic and applied poultry research
using the experience of broiler growers as an example. The cost of broiler
housing was calculated for a 30-yr period from 1958 to 1987. Contract payments
and net returns were calculated for 1958, 1973, and 1987. The results document
a paradox. In 1987 dollars, over the period studied, contract payment per
kilogram declined and cost per square meter of broiler housing increased, but
return on invested capital grew. Specifically, grower contract payments
declined from 14.1 cents to 8.8 cents/kg of broiler in 1987 dollar, and the
cost per square meter for broiler houses and equipment increased from $22.94
to $47.52, also in 1987 dollar but the cash flow rate of return on invested
capital over the low-risk government long-term bond rate increased from 2.4 to
7.2%. This apparent paradox was created by the effect of technological
advances driven by public and private research expenditures during the last
232 NAL Call. No.: SF55.A78A7
Poultry wastes as foods for ruminants and asociated aspects of animal welfare. Roothaert, R.L.; Matthewman, R.W.
Suweon, Korea : Asian-Australasian Association of Animal Production Societies; 1992 Dec.
Asian-Australasian journal of animal sciences v. 5 (4): p. 593-600; 1992 Dec. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Ruminant feeding; Poultry manure; Litter; Nonprotein nitrogen
233 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Precocious semen production in turkeys.
Etches, R.J.; Uribe, H.A.; Bagley, L.G.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Jan.
Poultry science v. 72 (1): p. 193-201; 1993 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Semen production; Semen characters; Light relations; Restricted feeding; Sexual maturity; Growth rate; Diet; Egg fertility
Abstract: Turkey toms were reared under short days [either 8 h light (L): 16 h dark (D) or 12L:12D] and photostimulated by transfer to 14L:10D between 7 and 22 wk of age. Photostimulation between 12 and 15 wk of age initiates semen production at 18 to 20 wk of age. The fertilizing capacity of semen produced by these males is normal and the output of spermatozoa is unaffected when semen production is initiated precociously. Daylengths of 8L:16D or 12L:12D during the rearing period had no influence on subsequent reproductive performance. Semen production and fertilizing capacity were unaffected by nutritional regimens that reduced energy intake and maintained adequate protein consumption by toms. These programs reduced body weight of the mature tom by 10 to 30% and substantially increased the general fitness of the birds. Prevention of obesity improved feathering, facilitated handling of the birds, and reduced the incidence of ambulatory perturbations.
234 NAL Call. No.: 389.8 J82
Prevention of immunologic stress contributes to the growth-permitting ability of dietary antibiotics in chicks.
Roura, E.; Homedes, J.; Klasing, K.C.
Bethesda, Md. : American Institute of Nutrition; 1992 Dec.
The Journal of nutrition v. 122 (12): p. 2383-2390; 1992 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Diet; Streptomycin; Penicillins; Sanitation; Immunology;
Stress; Interleukin 1; Growth rate; Mode of action
Abstract: The growth-permitting ability of antibiotics fed to broiler chicks
was studied as it relates to the state of activation of the immune system. in
Experiment 1, chicks were fed two levels of antibiotics (0 or 100 mg
streptomycin + 100 mg penicillin/kg diet) and were raised either in an
environment with poor sanitation to create a chronic immune stress or in a
clean environment. Chicks raised in the unsanitary environment and not fed
antibiotics had significantly lower (P < 0.05) rates of weight gain and
efficiencies of feed utilization, and higher levels of plasma interleukin-1,
compared with chicks raised in the clean environment or chicks raised in the
unsanitary environment and fed antibiotics. Adding antibiotics to the diet of
birds in the clean environment did not affect any variable. In Experiment 2,
chicks were raised in a conventional environment and fed two levels of an
antibiotic (0 or 100 mg tetracycline/kg diet). After a 15-d feeding period,
half of the chicks were injected with Salmonella typhimurium
lipopolysaccharide to create an acute immunologic stress. Feeding antibiotic
resulted in improved weight gain, feed consumption and efficiency of feed
utilization. Lipopolysaccharide-injected birds developed heavier livers,
spleens and intestines relative to body weights and higher rectal temperatures
and hepatic metallothionein concentrations, presumably due to an immunologic
stress. Omitting antibiotic from the diet resulted in similar changes. These
results indicate that feeding antibiotics may permit growth by preventing
immunologic stress and associated metabolic changes brought about by monokines
235 NAL Call. No.: SF481.2.P68
Priorities for welfare research.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992.
Poultry Science Symposium v. 23: p. 345-348; 1992. In the series analytic: Bone biology and skeletal disorders in poultry / edited by C.C. Whitehead. Meeting held September 18-20, 1991, Edinburgh.
Descriptors: Uk; Poultry; Animal welfare
236 NAL Call. No.: QR115.I57
Problems of Salmonella sampling.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Mar.
International journal of food microbiology v. 15 (3/4): p. 225-235; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Salmonella; Poultry meat; Poultry industry; Sampling; Microbial
flora; Bacterial count
Abstract: Modern husbandry practices, regional concentration of the industry,
high stocking densities, uniform age-distribution of birds and continuous
feeding promote the spread of poultry diseases. Moreover, the immature state
of the intestinal microflora or disturbance of the developing flora by
antibiotics increases susceptibility of chicks to salmonellas. If an estimate
of the number of salmonella-positive birds in a flock is needed, then the
required number of samples can be assessed by using the binomial distribution
function. Whenever a qualitative result is sufficient, the samples can be
pooled or the flock litter can be sampled using an 'overshoe method', which is
a novel, low-cost and rapid technique. An optimal pooling factor can be
assessed at low prevalence levels (< 10%). Serological methods will only
detect the presence of antibodies to invasive strains of Salmonella. The
sampling interval depends on the strategy of the Salmonella Control Programme.
Breeder flocks should be sampled more frequently than meat flocks and laying
flocks. The new salmonella standard, ISO 6579-1990, is applicable in the
poultry industry. When bacterial numbers are likely to be low, or the
organisms in a stressed condition, a pre-enrichment step should be included.
In the case of faecal samples, however, pre-enrichment should be omitted. A
whole carcass rinsing and massaging method is preferred for the examination of
237 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Prophylactic and therapeutic treatment of ascites in broiler chickens. Shlosberg, A.; Pano, G.; Handji, V.; Berman, E.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1992 Mar.
British poultry science v. 33 (1): p. 141-148; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Ascites; Cold stress; Feeds; Diet; Prophylaxis
238 NAL Call. No.: S544.3.K2K3
Adams, A.W.; Cartmill, M.
Manhattan, Kan. : The Service; 1991 Jul.
MF - Cooperative Extension Service, Kansas State University, Manhattan (987): 2 p.; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Pigeons; Poultry housing; Poultry feeding; Breeding
239 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Rearing conditions and needs for space and litter in laying hens. Faure, J.M.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1991 Jul. Applied animal behaviour science v. 31 (1/2): p. 111-117; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Battery cages; Floor pens; Space requirements; Litter; Cage
size; Animal welfare; Adaptation
240 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Recurrent transient paresis in a turkey flock.
Jeffrey, J.S.; Droual, R.; Meteyer C.U.; Galey, F.D.; Kinde, H.; Medina, H. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 760-765; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Paresis; Leg weakness; Mortality; Case reports; Botulism
Abstract: Recurring episodes of extreme leg weakness and associated mortality
were documented in a turkey flock at 8 to 15 weeks of age. Flock mortality
attributed to posterior paresis was approximately 12%, or 4800 of 40,000
turkeys. Four of six open-confinement units were affected. Gross and
histological examinations revealed no significant lesions. Immunology and
virology were uninformative. There were no significant differences in serum
chemistry between clinically affected and normal turkeys. Testing of feed,
water, soil, and tissues revealed no common toxicants. Isolation and
supportive care for affected turkeys, both in the laboratory and in the field,
frequently resulted in full recovery. Injection of a test group of affected
turkeys with Type C botulism antitoxin appeared to enhance recovery. However,
repeated attempts to detect botulism toxin in serum, liver, or cecal contents
using mouse bioassay procedures were unsuccessful.
241 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Relationship of hen age and egg sequence position with fertility, hatchability, viability, and preincubation embryonic development in broiler breeders.
Fasenko, G.M.; Hardin, R.T.; Robinson, F.E.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug.
Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1374-1383; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Age; Egg fertility; Egg hatchability; Embryonic
development; Chick embryos; Preincubation period; Body weight; Egg weight; Egg
Abstract: Indian River broiler breeder hens (n = 29) were caged individually to investigate whether hen age and egg sequence position were related significantly to the dependent variables fertility, hatchability, viability (hatch of fertile eggs), and preincubation embryonic development. Hens were artificially inseminated once per week. All eggs laid during the period of 31 to 54 wk of age were stored at 16 to 17 C for .5 to 7 days. Time of oviposition records were used to assign eggs to sequence position ("first" or "subsequent"). Eggs laid on odd-numbered weeks were broken open, fertility determined, and embryonic development staged. Eggs laid on even-numbered weeks were sent to a commercial hatchery to assess hatchability. Unhatched eggs were opened to determine fertility and embryonic mortality. In addition, hen weight, number of days since insemination, time of oviposition, and egg weight were recorded to determine their relationship to the dependent variables. Fertility (n = 3,240 eggs) and hatchability (n = 1,653 eggs) were not significantly related to egg sequence position, but were related to hen age (P = .0001 and P = .0002, respectively). Older hens demonstrated lower fertility and hatchability. In contrast, embryo viability (n = 1,487 eggs) and preincubation embryonic development (n = 1,200 eggs) were not significantly related to hen age, but were related to egg sequence position (P = .0026 and P = .0001, respectively). First-of-sequence eggs had lower viability, and embryos of these eggs were more developed than embryos of subsequent eggs. These data indicate that the reduction in chick production observed as the hen ages may be due to the increased incidence of first-of-sequence eggs.
242 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Relationship of sex, age, and body weight to broiler carcass yield and offal production.
Brake, J.; Havenstein, G.B.; Scheideler, S.E.; Ferket, P.R.; Rives, D.V. Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jun. Poultry science v. 72 (6): p. 1137-1145; 1993 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Carcass yield; Sex differences; Age differences; Body
weight; Carcass composition; Offal
Abstract: Male and female broilers (feather-sexable strain) at 28, 35, 42,
and 49 days of age were utilized to determine the effect of sex, age, and BW
on yield of various offal and edible carcass components. Individual bird BW
ranged from 756 to 2,970 g. During processing, weight of blood, feathers,
head, neck, feet, preen gland, heart, liver, gizzard, gastrointestinal tract,
fat pad, hind half (legs, thighs, and saddle), wings, Pectoralis major, breast
skin, Pectoralis minor, back with lungs, rib cage, water uptake, and whole
dressed carcass were determined. Regression analyses were used to generate
equations describing the relationship between carcass components and BW for
each sex and with the sexes combined. The data were also subjected to analysis
of variance to determine age and sex effects on an absolute weight and
percentage of live BW basis. Yields of body components changed with increasing
age and BW. In general, the percentage of edible components increased, and the
percentage of offal decreased with increasing age and BW. When expressed on a
percentage of live BW basis, significant sex effects existed for feathers,
head, neck, feet, heart, liver, fat pad, hind half, breast skin, and
Pectoralis minor. Thus, the yield of offal components vary more by sex than
does yield of edible carcass components.
243 NAL Call. No.: SF494.5.R47 1991
Report on the welfare of laying hens in colony systems. Farm Animal Welfare Council (Great Britain),Great Britain, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
London : MAFF Publications,; 1991.
iv, 44 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. December 1991.
Descriptors: Poultry; Animal welfare
244 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Reproductive performance of artificially inseminated hens receiving saline drinking water.
Zhang, D.; Moreng, R.E.; Balnave, D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Apr.
Poultry science v. 70 (4): p. 776-779; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Female fertility; Saline water; Drinking water; Egg
hatchability; Egg shell defects; Chicks
Abstract: Laying hens were selected at random and placed in individual cages in a commercial type layer shed. One hundred hens received town water and one hundred received town water supplemented with 2 g NaCl/L. Half the hens on each water treatment were inseminated every 7 days with mixed semen collected from six cockerels of a commercial table egg strain maintained on town water. The remaining hens were inseminated with semen from six cockerels receiving town water supplemented with 2 g NaCl/L. Eggs were collected and stored at 12 C over a 7-day period before eggs with defective shells were identified and removed. All remaining eggs were incubated and candled at 7 and 18 days of incubation to detect infertile eggs and embryonic deaths. Data from six consecutive hatches were analyzed. The incidence of eggs with defective shells doubled in hens receiving the saline drinking water. These hens had a significantly (twofold) higher incidence of embryonic deaths and a significantly lower (13%) hatchability of fertile eggs. For every 100 eggs laid the numbers of settable eggs and chicks hatched were significantly reduced in hens receiving the saline drinking water. The saline water reduced the numbers hatched by 20% for every 100 eggs laid. The water treatment given to the cockerels had little effect on reproductive performance.
245 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: body surface area, a reference for space allowance in confinement.
Hurnik, J.F.; Lewis, N.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb.
Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 412-415; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Body surface area; Space requirements; Body
measurements; Poultry housing
Abstract: One of the most important welfare concerns in relationship to
poultry production is the restriction, both physical and social, imposed by
close and long-lasting confinement. The bird's body-surface area was
considered as a reference base for the determination of a minimum space
allowance in the present study. The formula for surface area was based on body
weight, which is a well-known and easily measured parameter. As the bird
grows, its surface area changes in proportion to its weight gain, and,
therefore, surface area provides a continuous estimate of the space
requirement. The floor space allowance can be easily visualized from body
surface area and estimated without extensive measurements of birds and floor
areas. It is recommended that the minimum space requirement for poultry should
be no less than the equivalent of 50% of the bird's body surface area. This
recommendation was based on the principle that all birds in an enclosure
should be able to rest simultaneously without contacting another bird or the
walls of the enclosure.
246 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research Note: broiler acclimation to heat distress and feed intake effects on body temperature in birds exposed to thermoneutral and high ambient temperatures.
Teeter, R.G.; Smith, M.O.; Wiernusz, C.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jun.
Poultry science v. 71 (6): p. 1101-1104; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Heat stress; Body temperature; Acclimatization; Environmental temperature; Feed intake; Restricted feeding
Abstract: Relationships between ambient temperature, bird acclimation to
cycling temperature, heat distress, and feed consumption were evaluated in two
experiments. In the first experiment, birds previously acclimated to cycling
temperature heat distress (24 to 35 C) for two 24-h cycles were observed to
have 24% lower (P < .O1) feed consumption than birds previously housed at 24 C
and experiencing their first heat distress exposure. A significant (P < .01)
acclimation history by ambient temperature interaction was detected, with
acclimated birds having a higher rectal temperature (42.3 versus 41.2 C) when
housed at 24 C and a lower rectal temperature (44.2 versus 44.6 C) when
exposed to 35 C than did the unacclimated controls. In the second experiment,
feed intake and acclimation effects were separated by precision-feeding birds
0, 5, and 10% of body weight. Rectal temperature m the 24 C and 35 C
environments increased linearly (P < .01) as feeding level increased for both
acclimated and unacclimated birds. Similar to the first experiment, an ambient
temperature by acclimation history interaction was detected (P < .01), with
acclimated birds exhibiting increased body temperature when housed in
thermoneutral environments and lower body temperature when exposed to high
ambient temperature distress. Data also indicate that feed intake plays a
significant role in the acclimation process; that bird acclimation to heat
distress has metabolic effects independent of feed consumption; and that
either 1) the heat-distressed acclimation bird has the capacity to shift
exothermic processes from the heat-distressed to cooler time periods; 2) that
heat dissipation mechanisms require greater than 12 h to restore normal body
temperature; or 3) the birds' set point is elevated when exposed to cycling
high ambient temperature distress.
247 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: Detection of Salmonella serogroup D-specific antibodies in the yolks of eggs laid by hens infected with Salmonella enteritidis. Gast, R.K.; Beard, C.W.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May. Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1273-1276; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Eggs; Salmonella enteritidis; Egg yolk; Antibodies; Hens;
Experimental infections; Serotypes; Immunoassay
Abstract: Eggs laid by hens experimentally infected with Salmonella enteritidis were assayed for the presence of Serogroup D-specific yolk antibodies. Yolk antibodies were detected with S. enteritidis and Salmonella pullorum antigens in the microantiglobulin test as early as 9 days after incubation of hens with S. enteritidis. Yolk antibody titers reached peak levels at 3 to 5 wk postinoculation and remained at detectable levels for at least 7 wk postinoculation in eggs from both orally inoculated and horizontally contact-exposed hens. Eggs laid by hens from commercial flocks implicated in epidemiological investigations of human S. enteritidis outbreaks were also tested. Serogroup D-specific yolk antibodies were detected in 5 to 22% of eggs from hens in houses identified as infected by bacteriological culturing of internal organs of hens for S. enteritidis.
248 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: does compensatory growth occur following withdrawal of salinomycin from the diet of broilers?.
Chapman, H.D.; Skinner, J.T.; Waldroup, P.W.; Schleifer, J.H. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Feb. Poultry science v. 72 (2): p. 383-386; 1993 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Salinomycin; Feed intake; Compensatory growth;
Liveweight gain; Feed conversion efficiency
Abstract: Two floor pen studies were conducted to determine whether
compensatory growth occurs following withdrawal of the anticoccidial drug
salinomycin from the feed of broilers reared to 46 days of age. There were no
significant differences in weight gain or feed conversion between medicated
and unmedicated birds whether overall performance or performance during the
1-wk withdrawal period was measured. Feed intake of birds given salinomycin,
however, was significantly lower than that of unmedicated birds, and feed
intake following withdrawal was greater than that of birds still receiving the
249 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: effect of electronic treatment of drinking water on growth performance of broiler chickens.
Zimmermann, N.G.; Wyatt, C.L.; Dhillon, A.S.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep.
Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 2002-2005; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Growth; Drinking water; Feed conversion; Water purification; Dissolved oxygen; Ph; Mortality; Coliform count; Water quality
Abstract: Three electronic devices used to treat drinking water were compared
with untreated city well water in a broiler growth performance trial. In each
treatment feed conversion and BW were measured in 16 replicate pens of 60
female broilers at 29, 42, and 49 days of age. Two of the devices increased
dissolved oxygen content of the water and reduced conductivity and
microorganism count. One of these reduced broiler mortality (P = .065),
decreased pH (P = .062), and increased Fe and Mn concentration in the water.
Mr other increased water temperature, Ti, and Mn but reduced the concentration
of Cl Al, Ca, Cr. Mg, and Sr in the water. Neither the third device, an
electrostatic water treatment, nor the other devices affected BW (P = .586) or
feed conversion (P = .564) at 49 days of age. No significant treatment
differences (P < .05) in hematocrit, bursa of Fabricius weight, or tibial ash
weight were observed at 21 days of age.
250 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: effect of feeding garlic oil on performance and egg yolk cholesterol concentration.
Reddy, R.V.; Lightsey, S.F.; Maurice, D.V.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep.
Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 2006-2009; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Laying performance; Garlic; Egg yolk; Cholesterol; Blood
Abstract: Twenty 26-wk-old Single Comb White Leghorn pullets were divided into two groups of 10 birds. The birds were individually caged in a naturally ventilated poultry house and fed a corn and soybean meal diet with or without .02% garlic oil for two 28-day periods. Dietary garlic oil did not affect egg production, egg weight, and feed efficiency. Total plasma lipids, plasma cholesterol, and yolk cholesterol were not affected by the dietary treatment.
251 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: Effects of agitation and temperature changes on turkey sperm viability after twenty-four hour storage.
Bakst, M.R.; Cecil, H.C.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb.
Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 395-397; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Frozen semen; Spermatozoa; Viability; Storage quality;
Semen preservation; Temperature; Agitation
Abstract: The effects of agitation and temperature changes on turkey sperm
viability were estimated before and after 14 h storage at 7 C using the
ethidium bromide (EB) procedure and a sperm stress test. The stress test is
identical to the EB procedure except the buffer is hypotonic. Labile sperm
lyse and are then stained with the EB. Treatments consisted of semen diluted
1:1 and subjected to one of the following procedures: agitation (pipetting up
and down 25 times, repeated 4 times at 15-min intervals); temperature changes
(semen moved from 7 to 26 C and back to 7 C 3 times at 30-min intervals); or
control semen procedures (diluted semen is placed on an orbital shaker at 7
C). Each semen treatment was evaluated within 3 h of dilution and after 24 h
storage. Agitation and temperature changes did not affect viability of sperm.
Regardless of treatment, the EB procedure revealed no differences in sperm
viability before or after 24 h storage. In contrast, the same samples
subjected to the stress test revealed significant increases in nonviable sperm
after 24 h storage. However, there was no treatment by test interaction. These
data indicate that mixing semen with diluent and mild changes in semen
temperature associated with the transport of semen between the interval of
semen collection to insemination, even up to 24 h storage, have minor effects
on sperm viability.
252 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: feeding various levels of ground Sesbania macrocarpa Muhl. seed to bobwhite quail.
Flunker, L.K.; Damron, B.L.; Wilson, H.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar.
Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 658-660; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Colinus Virginianus; Sesbania; Poultry feeding; Toxicity; Seeds;
Laying performance; Weight losses
Abstract: Two 28-day experiments were conducted to determine the effects of
various levels of ground Sesbania macrocarpa Muhl. seed on mature bobwhite
quail. In Experiment 1, S. macrocarpa Muhl. seed levels of 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, and
5% were added to a basal diet at the expense of filler and fed to five
replicate groups of six 58-wk-old paired quail (one male and one female).
Average daily feed consumption, hen-day egg production, average BW change.
mortality, fertility, and hatchability were monitored. Four groups of eight
individually caged females, 63 wk of age, were each given a diet containing 0,
2, 4, 6, 8, or 10% ground S. macrocarpa Muhl. seed in Experiment 2. A seventh
treatment was added that consisted of 10% ground S. macrocarpa Muhl. from an
older seed shipment used previously in work with White Leghorn hens.
Increasing S. macrocarpa Muhl. seed levels in Experiment 1 did not cause
significant deviations from the control treatment for average daily feed
consumption, BW change, hen-day egg production, fertility, total hatchability,
or hatchability of fertile eggs. In Experiment 2 neither average daily feed
consumption nor hen-day egg production were affected by seed level or source.
Quail given the 10% seed level using the older seed shipment had a
significantly greater weight loss than the control birds. With the exception
of this greater weight loss and in contrast with work involving chickens,
dietary levels of ground S. macrocarpa Muhl. seed of up to 10% were acceptable
to bobwhite quail.
253 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: open-field behavior of Japanese quail chicks genetically selected for low or high plasma corticosterone response to immobilization stress.
Jones, R.B.; Satterlee, D.G.; Ryder, F.H.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Aug.
Poultry science v. 71 (8): p. 1403-1407; 1992 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Japanese quails; Selection criteria; Strain differences; Blood plasma; Corticosterone; Stress; Immobilization; Fearfulness
Abstract: Open-field behavior was examined in Japanese quail chicks genetically selected for either reduced (LS, low stress) or exaggerated (HS, high stress) plasma corticosterone response to immobilization stress. Chicks of the LS line showed less freezing and ambulated sooner than did their HS counterparts. These findings suggest that exposure to an open-field or novel environment elicited less fear in LS than in HS chicks. They also support the suggestion that fearfulness and adrenocortical activation are positively associated and indicate that selection for differential adrenocortical responsiveness exerted concomitant effects on fear-related behavior.
254 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: relationship of comb color to liver appearance and fat content in Single Comb White Leghorn laying hens.
Grimes, J.L.; Maurice, D.V.; Lightsey, S.F.; Bridges, W.C. Jr Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec. Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2544-2546; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Combs; Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome; Color; Liver;
Weight; Fatty degeneration; Symptoms
Abstract: A flock of commercial Single Comb White Leghorn laying hens, diagnosed as having Fatty Liver Hemorrhagic Syndrome (FLHS), was surveyed to ascertain the relationship between comb color and selected FLHS characteristics. Twenty-eight hens with and without pale combs were selected from 14 cages for paired comparisons. Hens with pale combs had a higher (P less than or equal to .05) liver score and relative liver weight than hens with normal combs. Differences were not detected in BW, comb weight, relative comb weight, liver fat, and plasma estrogen concentration. In flocks diagnosed with FLHS, comb appearance is associated with a higher incidence of FLHS.
255 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: sodium and potassium chloride drinking water supplementation effects on acid-base balance and plasma corticosterone in broilers reared in thermoneutral and heat-distressed environments.
Deyhim, F.; Teeter, R.G.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Dec.
Poultry science v. 70 (12): p. 2551-2553; 1991 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Sodium chloride; Potassium chloride; Drinking water;
Acid base equilibrium; Heat stress; Blood plasma; Corticosterone; Body
temperature; Water intake; Survival
Abstract: One experiment utilizing 188 Vantress X Arbor Acres broilers was conducted to evaluate the effects of isomolar KCl (.5%) and NaCl (.39%) drinking water supplementation on venous pH, PO2, PCO2, HCO3(-), hematocrit, and plasma corticosterone as well as rectal temperature and water consumption of broilers reared in heat-distressed and thermoneutral environments. Birds were allotted at 5 wk posthatch into either a thermoneutral (TN; 24 C) or cycling temperature (24 to 35 C) environmental chamber. Heat-distressed (HD) controls had elevated (P<.05) body temperature (42.9 versus 41.7 C) and PO2 (144.5 versus 108.4 mm Hg). Blood pH, PCO2, and HCO3(-) (P>.1) were not affected by high ambient temperature, but hematocrit (31 versus 32%) for HD controls was reduced (P = .07) compared with TN control birds. At 35 C, drinking water NaCl supplementation decreased (P<.05) venous PCO2 and HCO3(-), increased (P<.05) PO2, and had no effect on venous pH and water consumption relative to HD controls. Potassium chloride lowered (P = .07) venous pH, decreased (P<.05) HCO3(-), and increased water consumption at 35 C, but PO2 and PCO2 were unaffected relative to HD controls. Heat distress increased (P<.05) plasma corticosterone by 53%. Sodium chloride failed to impact (P>.1) plasma corticosterone but KCl reduced (P<.05) its concentration during heat distress and increased (P<.05) bird survivability as compared with heat-distressed controls. The data reported herein suggests that KCl and to a lesser extent NaCl reduces HD consequences by a mechanism as yet undefined.
256 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: the behavior of young layers during the first two weeks in aviary and battery cages.
Tanaka, T.; Hurnik, J.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Feb.
Poultry science v. 70 (2): p. 404-407; 1991 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Aviaries; Battery cages; Animal behavior; Animal welfare;
Abstract: Observations were collected from young layers housed in an aviary
(437 birds) and in battery cages (8 out of 112 cages per day, 3 birds in
each). Direct visual observations using scanning techniques were conducted for
the first 2 wk, 2 h/day (1000 to 1200 h or 1300 to 1500 h on alternate days).
In the aviary, a significant positive correlation was detected between the
number of birds occupying the central part of the pen equipped with feeders
and waterers, and number of birds engaged in eating and drinking (P<.001).
There were no significant differences between morning and afternoon in the
numbers of birds located at each position of the aviary. However, comfort
behaviors were more frequent in the afternoon. Feather pecking in the aviary
was rare (<.1%) and did not appear to be stereotypic. In the battery cages
feather pecking was more (4.1 %). Comfort behaviors in the cages were rare
(.4%), and the range of activities was also limited. These results indicate
that the aviary provides a more comfortable environment for the birds than
cages, even when the cage housing density was lower than recommended for
general commercial units.
257 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: the hide beetle, Dermestes maculatus DeGeer (Dermestidae), feeds on live turkeys.
Samish, M.; Argaman, Q.; Perelman, D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Feb.
Poultry science v. 71 (2): p. 388-390; 1992 Feb. Includes references.
Descriptors: Israel; Turkeys; Dermestes maculatus; Lesions; Feeding habits;
Permethrin; Sex differences; Animal behavior
Abstract: The beetle Dermestes maculatus, which is known to feed on dry,
protein-rich, stored materials, has lately become a pest of wood and
insulating polymers of poultry houses. Its carnivorous attack on live birds is
recorded in this paper for the first time. These attacks resulted in deep
wounds to adult male turkeys. When beetle larvae were offered simultaneously
calf meat, chicken meat, and pellet feed for rodents, no clear preference was
258 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: the utilization of recycled sheetrock (refined gypsum) as a litter material for broiler houses.
Wyatt, C.L.; Goodman, T.N.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Sep.
Poultry science v. 71 (9): p. 1572-1576; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Litter; Gypsum; Liveweight gain; Moisture content;
Dust; Feed conversion efficiency; Carcasses; Defects
Abstract: A study was conducted to evaluate the utilization of refined gypsum
(recycled sheetrock) as a fitter material on the growth performance and
mortality of broiler chicks grown to market age. Broilers were placed in pens
with either 13 cm fir wood shavings, 13 cm refined gypsum, or 9 cm refined
gypsum topped with 4 cm fir shavings, and grown to 41 days of age. Litter
material had no significant influence on chick mortality, feed conversion,
condemnations, and incidences of leg abnormalities. Body weight gain was
significantly lower for chicks reared on refined gypsum compared with the
other litter treatments at 21 days of age, but by Day 41 no differences were
observed between litter treatments. Percentage litter moisture of refined
gypsum was significantly lower than either wood shaving treatments at both 21
and 41 days, although on a weight basis, the gypsum contained equal or more
water. Litter material had no influence on room or brooding temperatures.
Although it is quite dusty initially when placed in the house, refined gypsum
may be an alternative bedding material to be utilized as a base and
top-dressed with wood shavings.
259 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: utilizing hazelnut kernel oil meal in layer diets. Ozen, N.; Erener, G.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Mar. Poultry science v. 71 (3): p. 570-573; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Diet; Hazelnuts; Oilmeals; Nut products; Soybean oilmeal;
Laying performance; Feed intake; Feed conversion efficiency; Egg weight; Egg
yolk color; Egg shell thickness; Egg albumen
Abstract: The present study was conducted in order to investigate the
possibility of utilizing hazelnut kernel oil meal (HKOM) in layer diets as a
replacement for soybean oil meal (SBM). Two hundred and sixteen brown egg
layers raised in contiguous wire cages were used. The duration of the
experiment was 24 wk consisting of six periods of 4 wk. In the trial, six
diets containing different levels of HKOM replacing 0, 20, 40, 60, 80, and
100% of SBM protein, respectively, were utilized as the treatments.
Differences among the diets in terms of egg yield, feed consumption, feed
efficiency ratio, egg weight, egg yolk and albumen ratios, shell thickness,
shell weight, and Roche color values of the yolk were not statistically
significant (P > .01). Results indicated that SBM could be replaced totally by
HKOM in layer diets. However, replacement of more than 40% of SBM with HKOM is
260 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: Variability in preincubation embryonic development in domestic fowl. 2. Effects of duration of egg storage period.
Fasenko, G.M.; Robinson, F.E.; Hardin, R.T.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Dec. Poultry science v. 71 (12): p. 2129-2132; 1992 Dec. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chick embryos; Embryonic development; Egg weight; Weight losses; Storage losses; Embryo mortality; Cold storage; Duration
Abstract: Embryos of eggs from Single Comb White Leghorn hens were analyzed to determine whether duration of egg storage significantly affects embryonic development prior to incubation. Eggs were gathered over a period of 5 days from 25-wk-old hens that were naturally inseminated and housed in floor pens. Within 1 h of oviposition the eggs were collected and assigned randomly to one of five storage treatment groups of 0, 4, 7, 14, or 21 days. Fresh egg weight was recorded and the eggs were placed on plastic egg flats and stored at 14 C. Weight of each egg was measured after storage to determine amount of weight lost during storage. A total of 500 embryos were examined after storage. Viable embryos were staged for development using a modified Eyal-Giladi and Kochav classification. The incidence of embryonic mortality was noted. Duration of storage (P = .5815) collection date (P = .5815), and fresh egg weight (P = .3789) did not affect embryonic development significantly. A significant linear relationship was observed between duration of the storage period and loss of egg weight (P = .0001). Embryonic mortality was significantly related to loss of egg weight (P = .0001). Mortality was highest in eggs that were stored for a longer period of time. The data from the current study indicate that storing fertile eggs below physiological zero inhibits embryonic development. One of the reasons for the increased incidence of embryonic mortality in eggs that were stored for longer periods may be related to the increased egg weight loss in these eggs.
261 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Research note: A lack of response to pantothenic acid supplementation to a corn and soybean meal broiler diet.
Harms, R.H.; Nelson, D.S.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Nov.
Poultry science v. 71 (11): p. 1952-1954; 1992 Nov. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Fowl feeding; Diet; Maize; Soybean oilmeal; Pantothenic
acid; Body weight; Feed conversion efficiency
Abstract: Two 21-day battery studies were conducted to determine whether a corn and soybean meal diet without pantothenic acid supplementation was adequate for growth and feed efficiency of broilers. In each experiment, 64 1-day-old broiler chicks (32 male and 32 female) were assigned to each of six dietary treatments. The basal diet was supplemented with 0, .3, .6, 2.4, 4.8, and 14.4 mg of supplemental pantothenic acid/kg of diet. Each diet in both experiments was fed to eight pens containing four females and four male day-old Arbor Acres broiler chicks. The basal diet contained 22.3% protein and 4.74 mg/kg pantothenic acid by analysis. No improvement in growth or feed efficiency was obtained from any level of pantothenic acid supplementation.
262 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Research to understand and control Salmonella enteritidis in chickens and eggs.
Gast, R.K.; Beard, C.W.
Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jun.
Poultry science v. 72 (6): p. 1157-1163; 1993 Jun. From the symposium "Microbial Safety of Poultry Products", August 4, 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Eggs; Salmonella enteritidis; Salmonellosis; Outbreaks; Food
safety; Foodborne diseases; Chickens; Epidemiology
Abstract: When it became evident that the association of human Salmonella
enteritidis (SE) outbreaks with the consumption of contaminated Grade A eggs
posed a threat to public health and to the economic viability of the egg
industry, research programs were rapidly initiated to investigate the many
unanswered questions about SE in eggs and chickens. Research efforts have
focused on the dynamics of deposition, survival, and growth of SE in eggs, the
pathogenesis of SE in chickens, strategies for detecting SE-infected flocks,
opportunities for intervening to prevent infection, the sources of SE in
laying flocks, options for effectively cleaning poultry houses, and the
epidemiology of SE infections of humans and chickens. This research has
provided a substantially better understanding of the SE problem in poultry,
but many further questions about the basis for and the prevention of eggborne
transmission of SE remain to be answered.
263 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Resolving land use conflicts.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jul.
Poultry science v. 71 (7): p. 1123-1129; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Land use planning; Site selection; Guidelines; Litter
Abstract: The rapid increase in the population of the United States and the expansion of the poultry industry to meet the increased demand has put the poultry industry and their neighbors on a collision course involving land use conflicts. The proper siting of poultry facilities resolves land use conflicts before they arise. A cooperative program involving industry, the public, and representatives of local government for the development of siting and management guidelines is outlined. Siting and management guidelines were developed that can be adapted to poultry producing areas nationwide.
264 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Response of broiler breeder females to feed restriction below recommended levels. 2. Economic analysis.
Fattori, T.R.; Hildebrand, P.E.; Wilson, H.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Mar.
Poultry science v. 70 (3): p. 489-498; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Broilers; Restricted feeding; Cost analysis; Body weight; Chicken housing; Density; Economic analysis; Growth; Laying performance
Abstract: An economic analysis of the growth and production response to feed
restriction was made for broiler breeder females. Experimental response data
were used 1) to examine the effect of feed restriction on pullet (TCB) breeder
hen, and hatching egg cost components, 2) to evaluate the effect of feeding
program on the average total cost of rearing a pullet (TCP), maintaining a
breeder hen (TCB) and producing a dozen hatching eggs (TCE), 3) to test the
sensitivity of the TCP to changes in component costs, and 4) to estimate the
change in TCP and TCE, to changes in pullet rearing density. Each week of
delayed maturity increased TCP by approximately 1%. Reduced pullet feed costs
resulting from feed restriction did not offset increased service and grower
payment costs at 5% production. Increased pullet rearing costs were offset by
breeder feed savings and increased production by approximately 67 wk of age.
Projected TCE beyond 67 wk indicates severe feed restriction to be more
economical (lower TCE) than standard feeding practices. The TCP was most
sensitive to changes in chick, feed, and grower payment costs. Projected
increased pullet housing density lowered TCP, which lowered the TCE even
further for the more restricted feeding programs.
265 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 Am33P
Response of layer breeders to dietary acetylsalicylic acid. 3. Effects of fertility and hatchability of embryos exposed to control and elevated incubation temperatures.
McDaniel, C.D.; Balog, J.M.; Freed, M.; Elkin, R.G.; Wellenreiter, R.H.; Kuczek, T.; Hester, P.Y.
Champaign, IL : Poultry Science Association, 1921-; 1993 Jun.
Poultry science v. 72 (6): p. 1100-1108; 1993 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Aspirin; Egg hatchability; Embryo mortality; Incubation;
Temperature; Hyperthermia; Hatching weight
Abstract: Because acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, aspirin) is a common antipyretic
drug, there has been considerable research on the effects of ASA on mammalian
embryonic development. However, very limited research has been conducted on
the effects of ASA on avian development and hatchability. The present study
investigated the effect of dietary ASA on fertility and hatchability and
whether embryos of breeder hens fed ASA, as compared with embryos of hens fed
a control diet, would survive elevated temperatures during incubation. White
Leghorn layer breeders were fed 0, .025, .050, .100, .200, and .400% ASA for
the first 13 mo of egg production. When averaged over 13 mo, hens fed .40%
dietary ASA demonstrated a decline in fertility (P < .03), hatchability of
fertile eggs (P < .04), and hatchability of eggs set (P < .02). Chicks from
hens fed .10% ASA weighed more than chicks from hens receiving 0, .025, .20,
or .40% ASA (P < .01). When embryos were incubated at elevated temperatures of
42.8 or 43.3 degrees C for 5.5 to 12 h on Day 16 of incubation, hatchability
declined. Also, ASA fed to layer breeders did not improve hatchability of
embryos exposed to elevated incubation temperatures when compared with embryos
exposed to a control incubation temperature (37.2 degrees C). During Month 9
of production, chicks from hens fed .05 and .10% ASA and exposed to an
elevated temperature of 42.8 degrees C for 9 h on Day 16 of incubation weighed
more than similarly heat-stressed chicks of hens fed 0, .20, or .40% ASA
(temperature by diet interaction, P < .03). Among diets, there were no
differences in chick weight at hatching when eggs were incubated under control
conditions during Month 9.
266 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Response of laying hens to supplemental niacin.
Leeson, S.; Caston, L.J.; Summers, J.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 May.
Poultry science v. 70 (5): p. 1231-1235; 1991 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Laying performance; Nicotinic acid; Eggs; Cholesterol;
Liver; Fat; Egg yolk composition; Egg shell quality
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to investigate the effect of
supplemental niacin on laying hen performance and liver fat and egg
cholesterol content. In Experiment 1, 16 replicate groups of four adjacently
caged birds were fed corn add soybean med diets calculated to contain 22, 44,
66, or 132 mg supplemental niacin/kg (23.2, 38.7, 57.0, and 143 mg/kg niacin
by analysis). Egg production, egg weight, feed intake, and eggshell quality
were assessed each 28 days through a 364-day trial period. After 280 days,
cholesterol content on three eggs per replicate was measured. At the end of
the study, one bird per replicate was killed for subjective scoring of liver
fat content. In Experiment 2, 24 birds from the control treatment (22 mg/kg
supplemental niacin) of Experiment 1 were retained and fed for a subsequent
28-day period. Over this time, eight birds were each fed diets containing 22,
522, or 1,022 mg/kg supplemental niacin Egg cholesterol content was measured
in eggs collected on the last 3 days of the study. In Experiment 1, bird fed
66 or 132 mg/kg supplemental niacin/kg produced more eggs (P<.05) than birds
fed 22 mg/kg. Niacin supplementation affected shell quality (P<.05). Dietary
niacin level had no effect on ca cholesterol content of liver lipid
evaluation. In Experiment 2, supplementary niacin levels up to 1,022 mg/kg,
which more closely simulates therapeutic levels used for humans, again failed
to affect egg cholesterol content.
267 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Response of two strains of turkey hens to various protein and energy feeding programs.
Leeson, S.; Caston, L.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Aug.
Poultry science v. 70 (8): p. 1739-1747; 1991 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Body weight; Growth rate; Strain differences; Turkey hen
feeding; Feed conversion; Feed intake; Mortality; Carcass weight; Protein
content; Amino acids
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to note the response of Nicholas and British United Turkey (BUT) strains of turkey hens to so-called North American and European feeding programs. The European program involved increased quantities of protein and essential amino acids relative to energy level of the diet. In Experiment 1, the two feeding programs were each tested with four replicate groups of 40 commercial hens of both strain. Each feed was allocated by weight and allotment continually adjusted for mortality. At 105 days of age, eight hens per replicate pen were sampled for various carcass characteristics. Nicholas hens were most often heavier (P<.01) to 56 days, although after this time the BUT strain showed increased growth. At 105 days, BUT hens fed the high-protein diet were the heaviest group, being significantly (P<.05) heavier than comparable birds fed low-protein diets. There was no difference (P<.05) in feed efficiency from 0 to 105 days or in any of the carcass traits measured. In Experiment 2, the two strain of hens were grown to broiler weight at 70 days, again with conventional versus high-protein diets. Each treatment was tested with six replicate floor pens each containing 50 poults. At 70 days of age both strains of hen were heavier when fed the high-protein diets (P<.05), although the Nicholas hens were heavier than the BUT birds (P<.05). The BUT hens ate less feed than Nicholas birds (P<.01) and also exhibited superior feed efficiency (P<.01). The mortality rate of BUT hens was greater than that of Nicholas hens when the high-protein diet was used (P<.05). There were obvious differences in growth rate of the two strain of after hen used in the present trials. Depending upon market age, the BUT hen seemed to respond favorably to diets of higher protein-amino acid content relative to energy concentration.
268 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Responses of pair-housed male and female domestic chicks to the removal of a companion.
Jones, R.B.; Williams, J.B.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Jan.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 32 (4): p. 375-380; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Sex differences; Isolation; Stress; Animal behavior;
Social behavior; Corticosterone; Blood plasma
269 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Responses of pre-fasted growing turkeys to acute heat exposure. Xin, H.; DeShazer, J.A.; Beck, M.M.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Jan. Transactions of the ASAE v. 35 (1): p. 315-318; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Fasting; Feed intake; Heat stress; Poultry farming;
Relative humidity; Environmental temperature
Abstract: Nicholas turkeys at the age of 15 to 16 weeks were fasted for 24 hours in a moderate environment and then subjected to acute heat exposures of various dry-bulb and wet-bulb temperatures (Tdb and Twb). Total feed intake was not influenced by Tdb of 32 degrees C, 36 degrees C or 40 degrees C (P > 0.10), although differences existed in dynamic feeding profiles. Total heat production rate (THP) varied quadratically with Tdb and respiratory quotient (RQ) decreased linearly with Tdb. The lower RQ values at the higher Tdb levels may have resulted from reduced feed assimilation. No differences were detected on feed intake, THP, and RQ between the two Twb levels at each Tdb. A THP-based temperature-humidity index, 0.74Tdb + 0.26Twb, was derived for the turkeys. In addition, Tdb and Twb had 56% and -44% relative importance on latent heat loss, but -32% and 68% relative importance on sensible heat loss.
270 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Responses of turkey poults to virginiamycin as influenced by litter condition and experimentally induced stunting syndrome.
Al-Batshan, H.A.; Sell, J.L.; Piquer, J.; Mallarino, E.; Soto-Salanova, M.F.; Angel, C.R.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 May.
Poultry science v. 71 (5): p. 894-904; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Poults; Virginiamycin; Growth promoters; Infectious
diseases; Intestinal diseases; Jejunum; Weight; Body weight; Feed intake; Feed
conversion; Diet; Litter; Age differences; Alpha-glucosidase; Enzyme activity;
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted to evaluate the effect of
virginiamycin (VM, 22 mg/kg of diet) on performance of uninfected (CON) turkey
poults and those infected (INO) with stunting syndrome and reared on used
woodshavings (Experiment 1) or on dean or used woodshavings (Experiment 2).
Virginiamycin improved BW (P<.001) and feed efficiency (FE) (P<.05) from 1 to
29 days of age, irrespective of type of litter or disease condition. The
increase in BW induced by VM, however, was greatest when poults were kept on
used litter, resulting in significant (P < .05) VM by fitter interaction.
Induced stunting syndrome depressed BW (P < .01) to 29 days of age and
impaired FE from 1 to 9 days of age (P < .05) and from 5 to 9 days of age (P <
.01) in Experiments 1 and 2, respectively. Virgimamycin did not prevent early
adverse effects of INO on BW and FE, but facilitated notable recovery of INO
poults relative to INO poults not fed VM. Virginiamycin increased specific
activities of maltase and sucrase of the jejunum of CON poults in Experiments
1 and 2; in Experiment 2, this VM effect was evident irrespective of type of
fitter. Maltase-specific activity and sucrase were reduced by INO (P less than
or equal to .05 and P less than or equal to .01 in Experiments 1 and 2,
respectively) and VM did not modify this effect. The maltase and sucrase data
suggest that VM improved BW and FE of CON poults, in part, by helping to
maintain digestive and absorptive functions of the small intestine during the
early growth period, but, in the instance of INO poults, VM was not effective
in this regard.
271 NAL Call. No.: SF487.8.A1P68
Rodent control in poultry houses.
Oakland, Calif. : The Service; 1991.
Poultry fact sheet - Cooperative Extension Service, University of California (4): 2 p.; 1991.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Rodent control
272 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
The role of mice in the epizootiology of Salmonella enteritidis infection on chicken layer farms.
Henzler, D.J.; Opitz, H.M.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 625-631; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Farms; Salmonella enteritidis; Disease vectors; Mice;
Abstract: A microbiological survey of 10 mice-infested poultry farms was
conducted to determine the role of mice in the epizootiology of S. enteritidis
infection. Five of the farms were rated as clean of S. enteritidis and five as
contaminated based on culture results of environmental samples for S.
enteritidis. Of 2103 environmental samples and 715 mice and rats tested, 5.1%
and 16.2%, respectively, were culture-positive for S. enteritidis. On
contaminated farms, S. enteritidis was isolated from 24.0% of the mice and
7.5% of the environmental samples, which represented 75.3% of all Salmonella
isolations from mice but only 18.0% of Salmonella isolations from
environmental samples on these farms. S. enteritidis was not detected in mice
on clean farms. Phage types 13a and 14b were the two most frequently isolated
phage types from mice and environmental samples. Although only a single phage
type was isolated from single free standing poultry houses, multiple phage
types were isolated from multi-house complexes. A bacterial count from the
feces of one mouse yielded 2.3 X 10(5) S. enteritidis bacteria per fecal
pellet. S. enteritidis persisted at least for 10 months in an infected mouse
273 NAL Call. No.: SF601.A47
Role of socialization, stress and sex of chickens on response to anesthesia and on response to an organophosphate neurotoxicant.
Odom, A.; Gross, W.B.; Ehrich, M.
Manhattan, Kan. : Kansas State University; 1992 Apr.
Veterinary and human toxicology v. 34 (2): p. 134-137; 1992 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Stress; Pentobarbital; Neurotoxins
274 NAL Call. No.: 100 AL1H
Rotational application of chemical disinfectants enhances sanitation of poultry hatcheries.
Conner, D.E.; Eckman, M.K.
Auburn University, Ala. : The Station; 1992.
Highlights of agricultural research - Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station v. 39 (3): p. 7; 1992.
Descriptors: Alabama; Poultry housing; Hatcheries; Sanitation; Disinfectants;
275 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Scoliosis and tibiotarsal deformities in broiler chickens. Droual, R.; Bickford, A.A.; Farver, T.B.
Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Jan. Avian diseases v. 35 (1): p. 23-30; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Scoliosis; Tibia; Tarsus; Deformities; Tendons;
Abstract: The incidence and degree of scoliosis were investigated in broiler chickens with and without intertarsal deformities associated with slipped gastrocnemius tendons. In both groups, the incidence of scoliosis was similar and there was a significant tendency for scoliosis to be convex on the right side. However, scoliosis was significantly greater in birds with intertarsal deformities, and in a significant proportion of these the joint with a slipped tendon was on the convex side of scoliosis. In birds with deformities, inequalities between right and left tibiotarsi were significantly greater, and tibiotarsi with greater length, narrower condyles and trochleae, and shallower trochlear grooves were significantly more often on the convex side of scoliosis. Significant positive correlations were found between scoliosis and rotational and bending deformities of the distal tibiotarsus on the convex side of scoliosis. These findings suggest a cause-and-effect relationship between scoliosis and tibiotarsal deformities associated with slipped tendons.
276 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Selection for reduction of beak-inflicted injuries among caged hens. Craig, J.V.; Muir, W.M.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 Mar. Poultry science v. 72 (3): p. 411-420; 1993 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Cannibalism; Debeaking; Beak; Cages; Selection criteria;
Trauma; Selection responses; Strain differences; Animal welfare; Heritability;
Egg production; Correlated responses
Abstract: The effectiveness of selection for hen-days without beak-inflicted injuries was studied. The base population was known to have a high incidence of beak-inflicted injuries when pullets' beaks were intact. Data from the foundation stock yielded nonsignificant family heritability estimates ranging from .05 to .17, depending on length of the test period (varying from 16 to 28 to 16 to 40 wk of age) and number of six-hen cages per family (one to three). Selection was practiced on sire family groups of either 30 or 36 pullets. Birds used for selection were housed six birds per cage and had intact beaks. The criterion of selection was mean hen-days without beak-inflicted injuries from 16 to 40 wk of age. Three selected and three unselected strains were involved. After two generations, mean hen-days without beak-inflicted injuries from 16 to 40 wk of age were 164.8 and 155.3 for selected and unselected stocks, respectively, yielding a realized family heritability of .65 +/- .13 (SE). Selection did not appear to alter the relative frequency of beak-inflicted injuries by body regions affected; about 30% of all injuries involved the vent-cloacal area. Egg production traits were measured also. No differences were detected in Generation 1, but selected pullets had higher hen-housed rates of lay and egg mass in Generation 2. It is tentatively concluded that stocks having high levels of cannibalism when kept with intact beaks can benefit from selection against beak-inflicted injuries when evaluated by techniques similar to those used in the present study.
277 NAL Call. No.: QP1.C6
Serum corticosterone concentrations in developing shell-less and shelled turkey embryos.
McMurtry, J.; Richards, M.; Brocht, D.
Oxford: Pergamon Press Ltd; 1991.
Comparative biochemistry and physiology : A : Comparative physiology v. 100A (1): p. 135-137; 1991. Corrects ID number IND92013676 which was entered with incorrect descriptors, category codes, and pagination. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Embryos; Corticoids; Embryonic development; Embryo
Abstract: 1. Turkey embryos grown in shell-less culture (EO) display normal
development to day 14 of incubation, after which growth rate is reduced and
mortality increases, compared to age-matched in ovo (IO) embryos (Richards
1982. Long term shell-less culture of turkey embryos. Poultry Sci. 61,
2089-2096). 2. In this study serum corticosterone concentrations were
monitored in normally incubated embryos and embryos maintained in shell-less
culture. 3. On days 14 and 16 of incubation, corticosterone levels were
greater (P < 0.05) in EO than IO embryos, whereas during the later stages
corticosterone increased dramatically in the shelled embryos, and remained
relatively constant in the EO embryos. 4. EO embryos do not exhibit a pattern
of adrenal hormonal secretion that would indicated a stressful condition. 5.
The absence of a normal increase in corticosterone in shell-less embryos may
contribute to the abnormal embryological development in the later stages of
278 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
Severe mortality in broiler chickens associated with Mycoplasma synoviae and Pasteurella gallinarum.
Droual, R.; Shivaprasad, H.L.; Meteyer, C.U.; Shapiro, D.P.; Walker, R.L. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1992 Jul. Avian diseases v. 36 (3): p. 803-807; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: California; Broilers; Mortality; Mycoplasma synoviae;
Pasteurella; Flocks; Outbreaks; Case reports
Abstract: Severe economic loss due to high mortality and condemnation rates occurred on two commercial broiler facilities. Chickens had moderate-to-severe airsacculitis, pericarditis, perihepatitis, tracheitis, and synovitis. Pasteurella gallinarium was isolated from 16 of 18 pericardia, four of 14 livers, 11 of 16 air sacs, six of seven joints and one of 28 tracheas in pure culture. In addition, Mycoplasma synoviae was isolated from trachea and air sac. Lesions were suggestive of an Escherichia coli septicemia, but E. coli was isolated from only four of 28 tracheas and one of 14 livers in pure culture. A coronavirus was isolated from trachea and lung. Whether this coronavirus represented a vaccine or field strain of infectious bronchitis was not determined. These findings suggested that the severe lesions were due to a concomitant infection with an atypical strain of P. gallinarum.
279 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Shuttle and one-way avoidance as measures of aversion in the domestic fowl. Rutter, S.M.; Duncan, I.J.H.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1991 Apr. Applied animal behaviour science v. 30 (1/2): p. 117-124; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Animal welfare; Animal housing; Animal behavior
280 NAL Call. No.: 286.81 F322
Simple sponge may be best for sampling for salmonella. Jones, F.T.
Minnetonka, Minn. : Miller Publishing Co; 1993 Jan18.
Feedstuffs v. 65 (3): p. 28, 33; 1993 Jan18. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Salmonella; Sampling; Cleaning
281 NAL Call. No.: HD1.A3
Simulation of a turkey house environment.
Parmar, R.S.; Diehl, K.C.; Collins, E.R. Jr; Hulet, R.M. Essex : Elsevier Applied Science Publishers; 1992.
Agricultural systems v. 38 (4): p. 425-445; 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Virginia; Turkeys; Poultry housing; Environmental temperature;
Humidity; Simulation models; Broiler production; Weather; Mathematical models;
282 NAL Call. No.: HD1.A3
Simulation of weight gain and feed consumption of turkeys. Parmar, R.S.; Diehl, K.C.; Hulet, R.M.; Collins, E.R. Jr Essex : Elsevier Applied Science Publishers; 1992.
Agricultural systems v. 39 (1): p. 67-82; 1992. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Broiler production; Decision making; Simulation models;
Body weight; Liveweight gain; Feed intake; Environment; Poultry housing; Sex;
283 NAL Call. No.: S67.P82
Small poultry flocks.
Baton Rouge, La.? : The Service; 1991 Mar.
Publication - Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service (2250): 30 p.; 1991 Mar.
Descriptors: Fowls; Chicken housing; Poultry farming
284 NAL Call. No.: SF1.F64 no.98
Small-scale poultry processing.
Silverside, D.; Jones, M.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Rome : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,; 1992. iv, 109 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. (FAO animal production and health paper ; 98). Includes bibliographical references (p. 109).
Descriptors: Slaughtering and slaughter-houses; Chicken industry; Chickens
285 NAL Call. No.: QP1.C6
Social stress and atherosclerosis in roosters.
Wong, H.Y.C.; Cheng, K.K.S.; Nightingale, T.E.
Elmsford, N.Y.: Pergamon Press; 1992 Mar.
Comparative biochemistry and physiology : A : Comparative physiology v. 101 (3): p. 625-629; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Atherogenic diet; Stress; Hypercholesterolemia; Atherogenesis; Atheroma; Atherosclerosis; Incidence; Cholesterol; Triacylglycerols; Blood lipids; Blood plasma; Aorta; Hemodynamics; Body weight; Cocks
Abstract: 1. Socially stressed roosters fed either plain mash or an atherogenic diet had a greater incidence and severity of aortic atherogenesis than similarly fed non-stressed birds. 2. Results demonstrated a significant atherogenic effect of stress in chickens even in the absence of hyperlipidaemia. 3. Lack of appreciable differences in plasma lipids between stressed and non-stressed birds suggested that the atherogenic effects of stress may be attributable to neuroendocrine responses. 4. Levels of HDLc of plain mash groups were significantly higher than in the atherogenic fed groups. 5. Haemodynamic data showed no treatment-related differences.
286 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
Stereotyped behaviour in broiler breeders in relation to husbandry and opioid receptor blockade.
Savory, C.J.; Seawright, E.; Watson, A.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1992 Jan.
Applied animal behaviour science v. 32 (4): p. 349-360; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Animal behavior; Restricted feeding; Unrestricted
feeding; Opioids; Stress
287 NAL Call. No.: S671.I84 no.29
Stovmalinger og arbeidsstudier i honehus med kompaktbur og aviarier = Dust measurements and work studies in building with compact cages and aviaries for laying hens.. Dust measurements and work studies in building with compact cages and aviaries for laying hens
As, Norway : Norges Landbrukshogskole, Institutt for Tekniske Fag,; 1992. 40 p. : ill. ; 30 cm. (ITF report, 29). Summary in Norwegian and English. Includes bibliographical references (p. 40).
Language: Norwegian; English
288 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Strain-cross response of heavy male broilers to dietary lysine in the finisher feed: live performance and further-processing yields.
Bilgili, S.F.; Moran, E.T. Jr; Acar, N.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 May. Poultry science v. 71 (5): p. 850-858; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Lysine; Strain differences; Crossbreds; Broiler performance; Diet; Body weight; Liveweight gain; Feed conversion efficiency; Mortality; Carcass yield; Processing losses; Meat cuts
Abstract: A total of 2,560 male broilers from eight commercial strain-crosses were grown to 42 days of age on common starter (1 to 21 days; 23.06% CP, 3,217 kcal ME/kg) and grower (21 to 42 days; 20.14% CP, 3,224 kcal ME/kg) rations. All strain-crosses subsequently received finisher diets (17.95% CP; 3,186 kcal ME/kg) containing either .85 or .95% lysine from 42 to 53 days of age. Further-processing yields were determined on 12 birds per pen, selected within +/- 10% of the replicated pen (8 pens per strain-cross, 40 birds per pen) average weight. The strain-crosses differed significantly (P<.05) in BW (1, 21,42, and 53 days), weight gain (WG), feed:gain ratio (1 to 21 and 21 to 42 days), and mortality rate (1 to 21 days). The lysine effect during the finisher period was significant for 53-day BW and WG from 1 to 53 days. Chilled carcass (CC) and abdominal fat (AF) weights, CC yield (percentage, excluding AF), AF yield (percentage of CC weight), Pectoralis major, Pectoralis minor, total deboned breast (TDB), drumstick, thigh, wing and residual "cage" and skin yields varied among the strain-crosses. A significant weight and yield response to lysine was observed for TDB. Variation observed among strain-cross in live performance, further-processing yields, and response to additional lysine is attributed to differences in rate of growth and degree of maturity at market age. Furthermore, the lysine requirement during the finisher period for optimum breast meat yield may be higher than that recommended by the National Research Council in 1984.
289 NAL Call. No.: SF481.J68
Strategies for weighing broilers, broiler breeder pullets and broiler breeder hens: 2. Scale type weighing time and in-house location. Fattori, T.R.; Wilson, H.R.; Mather, F.B.; Bootwalla, S.M. Athens, Ga. : Applied Poultry Science, Inc; 1992 Mar.
Journal of applied poultry research v. 1 (1): p. 95-103; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Weight determination; Weighers
290 NAL Call. No.: 447.8 AM3
Stress in birds due to routine handling and a technique to avoid it. Le Maho, Y.; Karmann, H.; Briot, D.; Handrich, Y.; Robin, J.P.; Mioskowski, E.; Cherel, Y.; Farni, J.
Bethesda, Md. : American Physiological Society; 1992 Oct. American journal of physiology v. 263 (4,pt.2): p. R775-R781; 1992 Oct. Includes references.
Descriptors: Geese; Animal experiments; Stress; Handling; Blood sampling; Lactic acid; Catecholamines; Corticosterone; Ph; Acid base equilibrium
Abstract: The stress that might result in animals from the routine handling
that most experimental studies involve, e.g., weighing, injecting, and blood
sampling, is usually assumed to be minimal when the animals look quiet.
However, the intensity of this stress remains largely ignored. We have
developed a system that allows blood samples to be taken from freely behaving
geese without entering the animal room. In these entirely undisturbed geese,
the humoral indexes of stress, i.e., blood levels of catecholamines,
corticosterone, and lactate, were as low or even lower than the lowest values
previously reported for birds. Remarkably, the mean basal values for
epinephrine and norepinephrine were 90-fold and 5-fold, respectively, below
the lowest values in the literature. Stress-induced variations in pH that
would have concealed detection of nutrition-induced changes in pH were
eliminated. In contrast, even though the birds looked quiet during a short
5-min routine handling procedure, to which they had been accustomed for weeks,
there was a dramatic increase in the level of humoral indexes of stress. These
increased severalfold within only 2 min, and the return to initial values
could take up to 1 h. Acid-base balance was also disrupted. Thus, in studies
on animals, the absence of stress cannot be deduced from only behavioral
observations. Only a system for taking blood without human interference may
enable stress-free investigations.
291 NAL Call. No.: 448.3 AP5
Study on the epidemiology and control of Campylobacter jejuni in poultry broiler flocks.
Giessen, A. van de; Mazurier, S.I.; Jacobs-Reitsma, W.; Wernars, K. Washington, D.C. : American Society for Microbiology; 1992 Jun. Applied and environmental microbiology v. 58 (6): p. 1913-1917; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Flocks; Campylobacter jejuni; Disease transmission; Vertical transmission; Epidemiology; Serotypes; Disease control
Abstract: Broiler flocks are frequently infected with Campylobacter jejuni. The origin of the infection is still unclear. The question of whether colonization of flocks results from transmission of C. jejuni from breeder flocks to progeny (vertical transmission) or from environmental sources horizontal transmission) remains to be answered. Therefore, in this study samples were taken from successive broiler flocks in two broiler houses (house A on farm A and house B1 on farm B) as well as from the environment of the houses. All C. jejuni isolates were typed by using the Penner serotyping system, and part of the isolates from farm B were typed by using a randomly amplified polymorphic DNA-typing system. In poultry house A, C. jejuni was isolated from the first flock but not from subsequent flocks. In poultry house B1, C. jejuni strains of the same Penner serotypes and exhibiting identical DNA profiles were isolated from successive flocks. Infection of the flocks from a common source via horizontal pathways is suspected, while a vertical route of infection is not likely to exist. Application of measures to control horizontal transmission of C. jejuni on farm B was successful.
292 NAL Call. No.: 44.8 J824
A survey of Campylobacter jejuni contamination in modern broiler production and processing systems.
Jones, F.T.; Axtell, R.C.; Rives, D.V.; Scheideler, S.E.; Tarver, F.R. Jr; Walker, R.L.; Wineland, M.J.
Ames, Iowa : International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians; 1991 Apr.
Journal of food protection v. 54 (4): p. 259-262. charts; 1991 Apr. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Campylobacter jejuni; Food processing; Sampling; Bacterial count; Epidemiology; Environment; Food sanitation
Abstract: Campylobacter jejuni contamination was surveyed in samples collected from the breeder-multiplier houses, broiler houses, feed mills, hatcheries, and processing plants of two integrated broiler firms. Insects and mice were also trapped at each location. C. jejuni was most frequently found in samples collected from processing plants, followed by samples collected from broiler houses, and breeder-multiplier houses. Samples obtained from feed mills and hatcheries were negative, suggesting that the C. jejuni was not transmitted by either feed or eggs. C. jejuni was also not isolated from insect or mouse samples. However, the external surfaces of insects were sanitized with a chlorine solution, prior to analysis. Thus, these data suggest any contamination of insects with C. jejuni is generally external not internal. Contamination in broilers apparently originated from some unknown source(s) in broiler houses. C. jejuni was isolated from 20% of the cloacal swabs taken as birds entered the plant, 52% of the carcasses sampled following immersion chilling, and 31.6% of whole broiler carcasses sampled at retail outlets. While these data suggest that cross-contamination occurred within processing plants, field control methods would appear to be necessary for control of C. jejuni in modern broiler production and processing systems. The frequent C. jejuni isolations from dead birds in broiler houses suggested the regular collection of normal mortality, as one farm management procedure that might help reduce Campylobacter contamination in broilers.
293 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AV5
A survey of helminth parasites in backyards flocks in Michigan by litter examination.
Nonaka, N.; Donoghue, A.R.; Manzoni, A.M.; Schillhorn van Veen, T.W. Kennett Square, Pa. : American Association of Avian Pathologists; 1991 Jul. Avian diseases v. 35 (3): p. 554-558; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Michigan; Poultry; Flocks; Disease surveys; Helminths; Disease
prevalence; Poultry manure; Sampling
Abstract: The prevalence of parasitic infections in backyard flocks was surveyed using litter samples from 74 pens located on 12 farms in central lower Michigan. Eight species of birds were represented. Two methods of litter examination (a sucrose flotation technique and a multiple washing/ZnCl2 flotation) were compared; the sucrose flotation technique was found to be more useful and was used in the survey. The following parasites eggs/oocysts were observed; ascarid-type eggs (in 34 pens from nine farms), Capillaria eggs (in 30 pens from nine farms), Strongyloides eggs (in nine pens from five farms), Syngamus eggs (in five pens from four farms), and coccidial oocysts (in 40 pens from 10 farms). Contamination of litter with ascarid-type eggs, Capillaria eggs, and coccidial oocysts was commonly found, irrespective of bird species. The contamination level in pens with more than one bird species was lower than in pens with a single species. The relatively high contamination rate may be an indication of the risk of parasitic disease in birds that are not raised under controlled conditions in confinement.
294 NAL Call. No.: 44.8 J824
A survey of Salmonella contamination in modern broiler production. Jones, F.T.; Axtell, R.C.; Rives, D.V.; Scheideler, S.E.; Tarver, F.R. Jr; Walker, R.L.; Wineland, M.J.
Ames, Iowa : International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians; 1991 Jul.
Journal of food protection v. 54 (7): p. 502-507; 1991 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Salmonella; Broilers; Food contamination; Food processing; Feeds; Pelleting; Insects; Mice; Disease transmission; Isolation techniques
Abstract: A survey of contamination with Salmonella was done in the
breeder/multiplier and broiler houses, feed mills, hatcheries, and processing
plants of two integrated broiler firms. Samples of insects and mice were also
collected at each location. Sixty percent (60%) of the meat and bone meat
samples collected at feed mills were contaminated. Salmonella was isolated
from 35% of the mash feed samples tested. The pelleting process reduced
Salmonella isolation rates by 82.0%. Data collected from breeder/multiplier
houses suggested that feed was the ultimate source of Salmonella contamination
in that environment. Salmonella was found in 9.4% of the yolk sac samples
collected from day-old chicks in hatcheries. Fecal dropping samples collected
in broiler houses about one week prior to slaughter were contaminated at a
rate of 5.2%. Salmonella was found in 33% of the samples collected from live
haul trucks and 21.4% of the whole processed broiler carcasses sampled at
processing plants. Salmonella typhimurium was the serotype most commonly
isolated. The gastrointestinal tract of one of 19 mice sampled was
contaminated with Salmonella. Data suggest that insects were primarily
mechanical carriers. Results suggest Salmonella contamination in the U.S.
broiler production and processing system has changed little since 1969. The
data also underline the contention that effective Salmonella control efforts
must be comprehensive.
295 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Survey of turkey downgrading at slaughter: carcass defects and associations with transport, toenail trimming, and type of bird.
McEwen, S.A.; Barbut, S.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jul. Poultry science v. 71 (7): p. 1107-1115; 1992 Jul. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Carcass grading; Carcass quality; Bruises; Broilers; Transport of animals; Stocking density; Defects; Animal husbandry
Abstract: For 18 mo, tom, hen, and broiler turkeys processed in a single abattoir were observed for carcass defects resulting in downgrading. Samples of 100 turkeys per truckload were used to determine the proportion of turkeys requiring wing trim, half wing trim, and trimming for bruised drums, breast blisters, or breast buttons, leg, breast, or back scratches, and leg edema. Bird type (hen, tom, or broiler), truck, time on truck, farm of origin, and trimming of toenails and spurs were also noted. Multiple least squares linear regression was used to assess the associations among truck, time on truck, space per bird on truck, toenail trimming, spur clipping, and proportions of truckloads of turkeys with carcass defects. The effect of farm and bird type were adjusted for in regression models. Overall, downgrading was observed to be a significant problem in turkey production and processing. Among toms, hens, and broilers there were substantial differences in the rates of bruised drums, breast buttons or blisters, back and leg scratches, and leg edema. Toenail trimming was associated with reduced breast and leg scratches and spur clipping was associated with reduced back scratches. Increased time birds were held on trucks was associated with increased half wing trim and bruised drums. Few associations were observed among downgrading defects, the various trucks used during the study, and space available to birds on trucks.
296 NAL Call. No.: SF481.J68
Tunnel--ventilated broiler houses: broiler performance and operating costs. Lacy, M.P.; Czarick, M.
Athens, Ga. : Applied Poultry Science, Inc; 1992 Mar.
Journal of applied poultry research v. 1 (1): p. 104-109; 1992 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broiler production; Chicken housing; Artificial ventilation
297 NAL Call. No.: aTX501.F66
Washington, D.C. : U.S. Department of Agriculture; 1992.
Food news for consumers v. 9 (3): p. 4-5; 1992.
Descriptors: Turkey meat; Food preparation; Food handling
Abstract: This article gives food safety tips for the handling and cooking of
298 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Twenty-four-hour feed withdrawal and limited feeding as alternative methods for induction of molt in laying hens.
Rolon, A.; Buhr, R.J.; Cunningham, D.L.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1993 May.
Poultry science v. 72 (5): p. 776-785; 1993 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Restricted feeding; Diet; Molt; Metabolizable energy; Body
weight; Egg weight; Egg production; Mortality; Feed intake; Production costs;
Income; Animal welfare
Abstract: Alternative molting methods involving shorter periods of feed
withdrawal and feeding a low-density and low-energy "molt diet" were compared
to conventionally molted (8-day feed removal) and nonmolted hens. Alternative
molt methods consisted of feeding the molt diet for 28 days for ad libitum
intake, daily limited, or alternate-day limited (feeding every other day). Egg
production, egg weight, specific gravity, body weight, feed intake, and
mortality were recorded for 31 wk from the start of the molt (4 wk molt, 1 wk
prelay, and 26 wk postmolt). Economic variables (feed cost, egg value, income
over feed costs per hen housed) were compared between molting methods. Hens
provided ad libitum access to the molt diet produced more eggs during the molt
period than hens molted by other methods. Total egg production and income (egg
value minus feed cost) were comparable among all molting methods and exceeded
the values for nonmolted control hens. Income per hen housed was $2.20 for
nonmolted control, $2.87 for the conventional, $2.92 for ad libitum, $2.81 for
daily limited, and $2.97 for the alternate-day limited hens. These results
indicate that alternative molting methods involving periods of feed withdrawal
of 24 h or less can be as economically effective as conventional methods using
longer periods of feed withdrawal.
299 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The upper critical ambient temperature in neonatal chicks. Hel, W. van der; Verstegen, M.W.A.; Henken, A.M.; Brandsma, H.A. Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep. Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 1882-1887; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Chicks; Newborn animals; Critical temperature; Environmental temperature; Heat production; Body weight; Weight losses; Water content; Time
Abstract: Heat production, dry matter, and water loss in the body and yolk
sac of neonatal broiler chicks were measured during 24 h exposure to constant
temperatures from 30.8 to 38.8 C. Average initial body and yolk sac weights
were 41.6 and 4.4 g. respectively. Chicks housed at 30.8 C lost 3.5 g/day and
chicks housed at 38.8 C lost 5.7 g/day of total body weight. Between 30.8 and
35.1 C. weight loss of the yolk sac was 1.9 g/day. At 38.8 C, weight loss of
the yolk sac was 1.4 g/day. Weight lost from the yolk sac consisted of equal
amount of dry matter and water. Water loss from the remainder of the chick's
body (the total body without yolk sac) increased from 1.8 to 4.4 g as
environmental temperature was raised from 30.8 to 38.8 C. This increase
occurred mainly above about 35 C. Chick heat production increased with ambient
temperature. Heat production as determined per subsequent 3-h period decreased
with increasing duration of exposure from 34.6 to 28.2 kJ/kg per hour (1 kJ
=.239 kcal) at 30.8 C and from 44.1 to 35.5 kJ/kg per hour at 38.8 C. The
upper critical temperature was derived from regression of heat production on
temperature. Results showed that this critical temperature was between 36 and
300 NAL Call. No.: 41.8 AM3A
Use of a multivariable indexing score for hygiene variables in relation to egg production.
Mohammed, H.O.; Carpenter, T.E.
Schaumburg, Ill. : American Veterinary Medical Association; 1991 Jun. American journal of veterinary research v. 52 (6): p. 970-973; 1991 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: California; Fowls; Egg production; Hygiene; Indexes; Ventilation;
Cooling systems; Poultry manure; Trucks
Abstract: An indexing system for hygiene variables associated with egg
production was developed by use of datacollected from chicken flocks in
southern California. The data were analyzed by factor and regression analysis.
On the basis of our findings, hygiene index in relation to egg production
consists of ventilation system, cooling system, manure removal, and truck
movement. Flocks kept under natural ventilation produced, on the average, 2%
more hen-day eggs than flocks kept under artificial ventilation. Flocks placed
in houses with roof sprinklers produced 3.3% more hen-day eggs, compared with
flocks placed in houses with inside foggers and pad. Flocks kept under the
system of frequent removal of manure produced 2% more hen-day eggs than flocks
kept under the system for which the manure was removed less frequently. Flocks
kept in farms that restricted trucks collecting dead birds from entering the
premises produced 3.4% more hen-day eggs than those that allowed such trucks
to enter the farm.
301 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The use of recycled paper chips as litter material for rearing broiler chickens.
Lien, R.J.; Conner, D.E.; Bilgili, S.F.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jan.
Poultry science v. 71 (1): p. 81-87; 1992 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Broilers; Litter; Waste paper; Recycling; Body weight; Feed intake; Feed conversion; Moisture content; Bacterial count; Microbial flora
Abstract: The suitability of recycled paper chips (RPC), formed by completely reprocessing waste newspaper, as litter material for rearing broilers was investigated in two successive trials. In Trial 1, broilers were reared in pens prepared with a 9-cm layer of either unused RPC or pine shavings (PS). In Trial 2, broilers were reared in pens prepared by adding 3 cm of clean RPC or PS to used litter of the same type remaining from Trial 1. Mortality, BW, feed consumption and conversion, carcass yield, and incidences of breast blisters and leg abnormalities were not influenced by litter treatments. Litter moisture was greater in RPC during Week 3 of Trial 1, but did not differ between treatments at other times during either trial. Litter caking was greater in RPC throughout Trial 1, but did not differ between treatments during Trial 2. Populations of aerobic, psychrotrophic, and coliform bacteria, and fungi (yeasts and molds) in the two litter types did not differ during the rearing period of either trial. Populations of aerobic bacteria and fungi were greater in unused PS, and fungi populations were greater in used PS prior to initiation of Trial 2. Populations of psychrotrophic bacteria were greater in used PS 6 days after bird removal in Trial 2. Generally, RPC are comparable to PS and have potential as an alternative litter material for rearing broilers.
302 NAL Call. No.: QL750.A6
The use of water-cooled roosts by hens for thermoregulation. Muiruri, H.K.; Harrison, P.C.; Gonyou, H.W.
Amsterdam : Elsevier Science Publishers, B.V.; 1991 Jan. Applied animal behaviour science v. 28 (4): p. 333-339; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Perches; Cooling systems; Body temperature regulation;
303 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
The value of supplemental biotin for increasing hatchability of turkey eggs. Robel, E.J.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Aug. Poultry science v. 70 (8): p. 1716-1722; 1991 Aug. Includes references.
Descriptors: Turkeys; Turkey hen feeding; Biotin; Turkey eggs; Embryo
mortality; Turkey egg hatchability; Egg yolk; Egg albumen; Turkey egg
production; Incubation; Vitamin supplements
Abstract: Two experiments were conducted with Large White Turkey hens in
individual cages to determine the value of supplemental biotin for increasing
hatchability. No differences were observed for 7-day embryo deaths between
treatments in both experiments. In the last two-thirds of the production cycle
in both experiments, eggs from hens fed 520 microgram and 623 microgram/kg had
the fewest embryonic deaths during Days 7 to 28 of incubation. Concentrations
of biotin in egg albumen increased with incremental dietary biotin levels, but
egg yolk concentrations were stable. About 38 microgram of biotin per egg (82
g) produced highest embryo survival. Regression analysis, based on average
percentage hatchability at the treatment levels for both experiments, revealed
no hatchability response for Period 1 (first third of production cycle) from
biotin. However, the dietary biotin level for hatchability increased with
maternal age, which ranged from 500 to 800 microgram/kg for period 2 (second
third of production cycle) and 3 (last third of production cycle),
304 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Variability in preincubation embryo development in domestic fowl. 1. Effects of nest holding time and method of egg storage.
Fasenko, G.M.; Robinson, F.E.; Armstrong, J.G.; Church, J.S.; Hardin, R.T.; Petitte, J.N.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1991 Sep.
Poultry science v. 70 (9): p. 1876-188; 1991 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Eggs; Egg cooling; Embryonic development; Chick embryos; Nests; Time; Storage; Preincubation period; Environmental temperature
Abstract: Embryos of eggs from Single Comb White Leghorn hens were analyzed to determine whether nest holding time and method of storage had a significant effect on postoviposition embryonic growth prior to incubation. Eggs were collected from 38- to 42-wk-old hens naturally inseminated and housed in floor pens. The experiment had a 2 X 2 factorial arrangement of treatments with two nest holding times and two storage methods. Eggs were collected within 1 h of oviposition, placed on cardboard egg flats, and stored unpacked (Treatment 1), or put on flats, and packed in 30-dozen egg cases (Treatment 2). Eggs in Treatments 3 and 4 were marked within 1 h of oviposition, but remained in the nest for 6 to 7 h. These eggs were separated into unpacked (Treatment 3), and packed (Treatment 4) groups. All eggs were stored at 13.8 C for 4 days. A total of 250 embryos were staged after storage for development using the Eyal-Giladi and Kochav classification. Least square means (LSM) for stage of development were: Treatment 1, 10.76; Treatment 2, 11.52; Treatment 3, 12.41; and Treatment 4, 12.36. For the main effects, nest holding time significantly affected stage of development (P = .0001), but storage method (P = .1140) and nest holding time by storage method interaction (P =.0730) did not. Comparison of LSM of Treatment 1 versus 3 (P =.0001), 2 versus 4 (P =.0152), and 1 versus 2 (P =.0214) were significant but Treatment 3 versus 4 (P =.8595) was not The results of the present study indicate that nest holding time significantly affected postoviposition, preincubation embryonic growth. 1% significance of the effects of method of storage varied depending on the nest holding time.
305 NAL Call. No.: 290.9 AM32T
Ventilation of poultry buildings with exhaust fans at one end and continuous slot inlets along the sidewalls.
Bottcher, R.W.; Singletary, I.B.; Baughman, G.R.
St. Joseph, Mich. : American Society of Agricultural Engineers; 1992 Sep. Transactions of the ASAE v. 35 (5): p. 1673-1679. ill; 1992 Sep. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry housing; Exhaust systems; Fans; Ventilation; Mathematical
Abstract: Ventilation of buildings for housing floor-raised poultry, with
exhaust fans clustered at one end and continuous slot inlets along the
sidewalls, was analyzed using relationships for airflow in manifolds. Air
velocities measured along the inlets in two poultry buildings were compared to
velocities computed using theoretical relationships. The parameter with the
greatest effect on uniformity of airflow along the inlets was the inlet
discharge coefficient multiplied by the ratio of total slot inlet area to the
flow area in the building cross-section, defined as alpha. For typical poultry
buildings without substantial internal obstructions to airflow, variation in
air velocity at the slot inlets along the building length was less than 10%
when alpha was less than 0.4. Reductions in air velocity along the inlets are
developed from manifold relationships for a range of values of alpha and F, a
dimensionless friction parameter. An example demonstrates application of
results to sizing sidewall inlet openings in buildings designed for tunnel
306 NAL Call. No.: SB599.J69
Vertical distribution of dipterous larvae and predatory arthropods in accumulated caged layer poultry manure in southern California. Wills, L.E.; Mullens, B.A.
Clemson, S.C. : South Carolina Entomological Society; 1991 Jan. Journal of agricultural entomology v. 8 (1): p. 59-66; 1991 Jan. Includes references.
Descriptors: California; Poultry manure; Musca domestica; Muscina stabulans; Hydrotaea aenescens; Fannia canicularis; Fannia femoralis; Coleoptera; Predatory mites; Pseudoscorpiones; Predators of insect pests
307 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 W89
Welfare of laying hens in cages and alternative systems: environmental, physical and behavioural aspects.
Appleby, M.C.; Hughes, B.O.
London : Butterworth; 1991 Jul.
World's poultry science journal v. 47 (2): p. 109-128; 1991 Jul. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Hens; Animal welfare; Cages; Chicken housing; Stocking density; Crowding; Environmental factors; Laying performance; Floor space; Floor type; Body weight; Feather pecking; Animal behavior; Group size; Nests; Cage size; Bone strength; Production costs; Literature reviews
308 NAL Call. No.: QL698.C7
The welfare of poultry in modern production systems.
Essex : Elsevier Publishing Ltd; 1992.
Poultry science reviews v. 4 (2): p. 107-128; 1992. Literature review. Includes references.
Descriptors: Poultry; Animal production; Animal welfare; Literature reviews
309 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Wheat middlings as an alternate feedstuff for laying hens. Bai, Y.; Sunde, M.L.; Cook, M.E.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 Jun. Poultry science v. 71 (6): p. 1007-1014; 1992 Jun. Includes references.
Descriptors: Hens; Wheat; Middlings; Egg production; Strain differences;
Genetic differences; Maize; Soybean oilmeal; Egg weight; Feed intake; Feed
conversion; Survival; Protein intake
Abstract: Three long-term experiments were conducted to evaluate the
possibility of using wheat middlings (WM) for laying hens and to study the
responses of six strains of commercial laying hens fed WM diet. In Experiment
1, 320 layers maintained in floor pens were fed diets containing 45% WM with
.25 or .75% salt, or 89% WM with .25% or 1.5% salt. Salt supplementation did
not show any beneficial effect on egg production. Hen-day egg production by
hens fed the 45% WM diet was significantly higher for hens fed 45% WM than for
those fed the 89% WM diet (79 versus 67.5%, 44-wk period). Feed, limestone,
and water intakes were increased by 89% WM diet. Yolk color, Haugh units, hen
livability, and reproductive parameters were not different among the dietary
treatments. In Experiments 2 and 3, laying hens from six commercial strains
(four strains each experiment, 240 hens per strain) were maintained in laying
cages in each year, and fed either a corn and soybean meal (CSM) or a 25% WM
diet. Results show that neither diet nor strain had effects on hen-day egg
production; however, egg weights from Strains A, C, and F were heavier than
those from Strains B, D, and E. Feed intakes and feed utilizations were
similar among the strains. The 25% WM diet increased egg weight, feed intake,
and feed utilization compared with the CSM diet. Livability of hens was 93.8
to 97.5% and was not affected by either strain or diet. It is concluded that
commercial strains of laying hens can be fed diets containing 25 to 45% WM and
still have normal hen-day egg production although feed utilization will be
310 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 B77
Whitening of brown shelled eggs: individual variation and relationships with agge, fearfulness, oviposition interval and stress.
Mills, A.D.; Nys, Y.; Gautron, J.; Zawadski, J.
Oxfordshire : Carfax Publishing Company; 1991 Mar.
British poultry science v. 32 (1): p. 117-129; 1991 Mar. Includes references.
Descriptors: Eggs; Egg shell; Color; Hens; Fearfulness; Age; Laying
performance; Stress; Line differences
311 NAL Call. No.: 47.8 AM33P
Zinc methionine for stressed laying hens.
Kienholz, E.W.; Moreng, R.E.; Flinchum, J.D.
Champaign, Ill. : Poultry Science Association; 1992 May.
Poultry science v. 71 (5): p. 829-832; 1992 May. Includes references.
Descriptors: Fowls; Hens; Zinc; Methionine; Feed additives; Calcium; Mineral
deficiencies; Stress; Laying performance; Egg weight; Egg shell thickness; Egg
albumen; Egg hatchability; Dosage effects
Abstract: The effects of zinc methionine product (ZP) supplementation to
Single Comb White Leghorn hens on egg production and quality were measured
through three consecutive egg laying cycles. During the first and second lay
cycles, ZP had minor or nonsignificant effects upon hen performance. During
the third lay cycle, a low dietary Ca (.3% Ca) stress of 1 mo duration was
encountered. During this low-Ca stress period, hens fed 1 g ZP/kg produced the
greatest number of eggs (P < .05), and during recovery from that low-Ca
stress, the hens receiving 2 g ZP/kg produced the most eggs (P < .05). The ZP
appeared to help hens maintain egg size throughout this stress period. The
present results indicate that ZP was beneficial to hens during low-Ca stress
and during the recovery period following that stress.
Abd-Elmoty, A.K.I. 98
Acar, N. 191, 288
Adams, A.W. 87, 119, 129, 238
Adams, M.H. 99
Aho, M. 45, 236
Aho, P.W. 215, 231
Ait-Boulahsen, A. 31
Akpobome, G.O. 137
Al-Batshan, H.A. 270
Allen, P.C. 112
Allison, J.M. 5, 162
Alvey, D.M. 69, 84
Anderson, I.A. 161
Anderson, J.E.M. 6
Anderson, K.E. 119, 129
Andrews, D.K. 170
Andrews, L.D. 108, 123
Angel, C.R. 270
Apple, R.O. 182
Appleby, M.C. 54, 89, 172, 307
Appleby, Michael C. 229
Arakawa, A. 173
Argaman, Q. 257
Armstrong, J.G. 304
Attia, Y.A. 51
Austin, S.D. 77
Axtell, R.C. 292, 294
Baba, E. 173
Bacon, W.L. 113
Bagley, L.G. 233
Bai, Y. 309
Bailey, J.S. 83, 173
Baker, D.H. 120
Bakst, M. 86
Bakst, M.R. 205, 251
Balnave, D. 58, 244
Balog, J.M. 265
Barbut, S. 295
Bate, L. 78
Baughman, G.R. 34, 152, 305
Baxter-Jones, C. 2
Beard, C.W. 247, 262
Beasley, J.N. 105, 182
Beck, M.M. 68, 224, 269
Bell, D.D. 66
Belyavin, C.G. 84
Bendheim, U. 48
Benz, R.C. 147
Bergeland, M.E. 164
Berman, E. 48, 237
Bermudez, A.J. 111
Berry, I.L. 147
Bickford, A.A. 275
Bilgili, S.F. 191, 288, 301
Bisesi, P. 152
Blair, R. 22, 185
Blankenship, L.C. 83, 173
Bokhari, S.A. 271
Bond, P.L. Jr 91
Bootwalla, S.M. 289
Bottcher, R.W. 34, 150, 151, 152, 212, 305
Boyle, C.R. 140
Bradshaw, R.H. 122
Braithwaite, L.A. 78
Brake, J. 144, 189, 242
Brake, J.D. 140, 187
Brandsma, H.A. 299
Branton, S.L. 53
Brewer, C.E. 227
Brewer, R.N. 133, 217
Bridges, W.C. Jr 254
Brillard, J.P. 197
Briot, D. 290
Brocht, D. 277
Broom, D.M. 67
Bucklin, R.A. 143
Buhr, R.J. 17, 220, 298
Burke, W.H. 51
Bush, P.B. 1
Butcher, G.D. 165
Cabel, M.C. 107, 131
Cahaner, A. 114
Cameron, D.M. 141
Campbell, G.W. 135
Campi, T.W. 110
Cantor, A.H. 72
Carlisle, A.J. 102
Carpenter, G.A. 4
Carpenter, G.H. 128
Carpenter, T.E. 300
Carr, L.E. 50, 203
Carter, J.N. 141
Carter, T.A. 151
Cartmill, M. 238
Cason, J.A. 44
Caston, L.J. 57, 266, 267
Cech, H.C. 205
Cecil, H. 86
Cecil, H.C. 251
Chamblee, T.N. 140
Chan, C.W. 82
Chapman, H.D. 121, 214, 248
Charles, R.G. 160
Chavez, E.R. 82
Chen, B.J. 63
Chen, F. 196
Chen, M.T. 94
Cheng, K.K.S. 285
Cheng, K.M. 127
Cherel, Y. 186, 290
Christensen, V.L. 126, 227
Chung, H.C. 106
Church, J.S. 304
Clanton, C.J. 196
Classen, H.L. 160, 194
Clunies, M. 30
Coemans, M.A.J.M. 13, 14
Collins, E.R. Jr 281, 282
Colwell, R.R. 39
Conner, D.E. 274, 301
Cook, M.E. 309
Coon, C. 79
Costello, T.A. 147
Cox, N.A. 83
Craig, J.V. 18, 157, 200, 276
Cravener, T.L. 29
Crow, G.H. 106
Cunningham, D.L. 17, 19, 220, 298
Curtis, S.E. 130
Czarick, M. 296
Czarick, M. III 52
Daly, K.R. 128
Damron, B.L. 49, 159, 252
David, M.J. 213
Davis, G.S. 46, 189
Denbow, D.M. 65, 74, 115
Deshazer, J.A. 224
DeShazer, J.A. 269
Despins, J.L. 139
Deyhim, F. 255
Dhillon, A.S. 249
Dick, L.A. 161
Diehl, K.C. 281, 282
Dirlam, J.P. 10, 11
Donaldson, J. 39
Donaldson, W.E. 126, 227
Donoghue, A.R. 293
Douglas, J.H. 91
Driggers, L.B. 151, 152
Droual, R. 240, 275, 278
Duff, S.R.I. 97
Dufour, L. 1
Duncan, E.T. 89
Duncan, I.J.H. 198, 199, 279
Duncan, L.J.H. 55
Dunn, M.A. 104
Ebel, E.D. 213
Eckman, M.K. 274
Edens, F.W. 31, 46
Ehrich, M. 273
El Boushy, A.R. 168
El Halawani, M.E. 71
Elkin, R.G. 60, 265
Elson, H. A. 229
Engel, H.N. 169
Erener, G. 259
Etches, R.J. 233
Fairfull, R.W. 75
Fanguy, R.C. 137
Farm Animal Welfare Council (Great Britain),Great Britain, Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 243
Farni, J. 290
Farver, T.B. 275
Fasenko, G.M. 241, 260, 304
Fattori, T.R. 264, 289
Faure, J.M. 239
Feddes, J. 160
Feddes, J.J. 153
Fell, R.V. 159
Felts, J.V. 115
Ferket, P.R. 88, 218, 227, 242
Fisinin, V.I. 144
Fitz-Coy, S.H. 81
Fleming, B.K. 68
Fletcher, D.L. 44
Flinchum, J.D. 311
Flood, C.A. Jr 217
Flood, J.R. 133
Flunker, L.K. 252
Fontana, E.A. 65, 74
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 284
Francis, C.A. 6
Frankena, K. 207
Freed, M. 265
French, N. 2
Froman, D.P. 169
Froning, G.W. 68
Fukata, T. 173
Galal, A.G. 98
Galey, F.D. 240
Gard, D.I. 43
Gardiner, E.E. 185
Garlich, J.D. 31, 88
Gast, R.K. 247, 262
Gates, R.S. 34, 150, 201, 212
Gautron, J. 310
Gautz, L. 104
Gernat, A.G. 87
Giessen, A. van de 291
Glatz, P.C. 8
Gleaves, E.W. 91, 224
Goelema, J.O. 206, 207
Gonyou, H.W. 302
Goodman, T.N. 258
Graat, E.A.M. 207
Green, G. 202
Greenwood, M. 39
Gregory, N.G. 33, 67, 69, 70, 76, 77, 84
Grimes, J.L. 254
Gross, W.B. 93, 100, 273
Grunder, A.A. 42
Guenter, W. 106
Guilford, T. 145
Guneratne, J.R.M. 43
Gutman, M. 180
Hacker, A.B. 121
Halvorson, D.A. 164, 178, 196
Halvorson, J.C. 71
Hamdy, A.M.M. 98
Han, Y. 120
Handji, V. 237
Handrich, Y. 290
Hardin, R.T. 160, 174, 241, 260, 304
Hargis, B.M. 142
Harland, B.F. 104
Harms, R.H. 143, 261
Harrison, P.C. 90, 92, 219, 302
Harrison, R. 7, 209
Harrower, B.J. 135
Harter-Dennis, J.M. 81
Harvey, R.B. 132
Havenstein, G.B. 113, 242
Healing, T.D. 39
Hel, W. van der 98, 299
Heller, E.D. 40
Henken, A.M. 98, 206, 207, 299
Henzler, D.J. 272
Hester, P.Y. 265
Hierholzer, R.E. 101
Hildebrand, P.E. 264
Hobbs, A.O. 151
Hocking, P.M. 59
Hofshagen, M. 16
Hogsette, J.A. 167
Holleman, K.A. 283
Homedes, J. 234
Homer, B.L. 165
Houghten, G.E. 182
Huff, W.E. 132
Hughes, B. O. 229
Hughes, B.O. 37, 62, 89, 172, 307
Hulet, R.M. 115, 281, 282
Hunter, B. 78
Hurnik, J.F. 20, 23, 36, 41, 245, 256
Hussein, A.S. 72
Hypes, W.A. 128
Ibrahim, M.H. 203
Jacob, J.P. 185
Jacob, R.D. 167
Jacobs, R.D. 143
Jacobs-Reitsma, W. 291
Janni, K.A. 196
Jayaprasad, I.A. 176
Jeffrey, J.S. 240
Jesiolowski, J. 183
Johnson, A.L. 224
Johnson, D.R. 154
Johnson, H.E. 4
Johnson, N.E. 104
Johnson, R.W. 130
Johnson, T.H. 72
Johnson, Z.B. 214
Johnston, R.W. 50
Jones, B.F. 154
Jones, F.T. 27, 280, 292, 294
Jones, M. 284
Jones, M.E.J. 21
Jones, R.B. 15, 204, 210, 253, 268
Jones, W.T. 128
Joseph, S.W. 50
JSivanandan, V. 178
Kaldhusdal, M. 16
Kalyuzhnov, V.T. 211
Karmann, H. 290
Kay, F.W. 5
Keeling, L.J. 36, 95
Kennedy, D.A. 153
Kestin, S.C. 84
Khamidullin, T.N. 144
Khoshabov, G.D. 211
Kienholz, E.W. 311
Kiiskinen, T. 45
Kim, K.S. 182
Kinde, H. 240
King, J.M. 134
Kirby, J.D. 169
Klasing, K.C. 234
Kleven, S.H. 208
Klober, K. 226
Knowles, T.G. 67
Koelkebeck, K.W. 219
Koon, J.L. 133, 217
Kopek, J.M. 101
Kostal, L. 62
Kovacs, K.J. 223
Krishnamurthy, T.R. 225
Krueger, K.K. 126
Kubena, L.F. 132
Kuczek, T. 265
Kuney, D.R. 66
Lacy, M.P. 195, 296
Lauer, D. 178
Le Maho, Y. 290
Ledoux, D.R. 111
Lee, H. 88
Lee, H.Y. 18
Lee, S.R. 63
Lee, Y.P. 63
Leenstra, F. 114
Leeson, S. 30, 57, 266, 267
Leighton, A.T. Jr 115
Leitner, G. 40
Leonard, J.J. 153
Leonard, M.L. 75
Lerner, S.P. 2
Leterrier, C. 197
Levot, G.W. 35
Lewis, N.J. 245
Lewis, P.D. 179
Lien, R.J. 301
Liere, D.W. van 116
Lightsey, S.F. 250, 254
Lillpers, K. 158
Lin, L.C. 94
Lin, S.S. 94
Long, N.D. 171
Lott, B.D. 80, 149
Luttrell, M.P. 208
Lynch, M. 161
Lyngtveit, Torgeir 287
Lyons, J.J. 177
Macleod, M.G. 6
Maghirang, R.G. 3, 64
Mahnke, G.M. 208
Mallarino, E. 270
Mallinson, E.T. 50
Mamputu, M. 17, 220
Manbeck, H.B. 3, 64
Manner, K. 96
Manzoni, A.M. 293
Mashally, M.M. 29
Maslin, W.R. 85
Mason, J. 213
Mather, F.B. 289
Matthewman, R.W. 232
Mauldin, J.M. 12, 52
Maurice, D.V. 250, 254
Maxwell, M.H. 59, 161
May, J.D. 149
Mazurier, S.I. 291
Mazzola, V. 38
McDaniel, C.D. 265
McDonough, P.L. 134
McDougald, L.R. 173
McEwen, S.A. 295
Mcintyre, D. 2
McKinley, M. 171
McMartin, D.A. 228
McMurtry, J. 277
Medina, H. 240
Mench, J.A. 21, 181, 308
Merka, W.C. 156
Merrill, A.H. Jr 111
Meteyer C.U. 240
Meteyer, C.U. 278
Midgley, M.M. 179
Miller, R.G. 50
Mills, A.D. 310
Minga, U.M. 61
Mioskowski, E. 290
Mitchell, M.A. 102
Mohammed, H.O. 300
Mohan Raj, A.B. 33
Monroe, J.L. 103
Montgomery, R.D. 85
Moore, R.W. 108
Moran, E.T. Jr 191, 288
Moran, P. 148
Moreng, R.E. 58, 244, 311
Moriarty, P. 297
Morris, T.R. 179
Morrison, W.D. 78
Mote, C.R. 136
Muir, F.V. 3
Muir, W.M. 157, 276
Muirhead, S. 47
Muiruri, H.K. 90, 92, 302
Mullens, B.A. 306
Murphy, L.B. 8
Mutalib, A.A. 134
Nagarajan, S. 176
Narahari, D. 176
Ndegwa, P.M. 156
Neijenhuis, F. 206
Nelson, D.S. 261
Nestor, K.E. 113
Newberry, L.A. 108
Newberry, R.C. 22, 175
Newcombe, M. 81
Newman, L.J. 164
Nicol, C.J. 25, 109, 117, 124, 145, 146
Nightingale, T.E. 285
Nockels, C.F. 125
Noll, S.L. 71, 196
Nonaka, N. 293
Noordhuizen, J.P.T.M. 207
Norton, R.A. 131
Novero, R.P. 224
Novero, Ruben P. 216
Novilla, M.N. 110
Nuboer, J.F.W. 13, 14
Nuotio, L. 45
Nurmi, E. 45
Nys, Y. 197, 310
Oates, S.S. 221
Odom, A. 273
Odom, T.W. 142
Oju, E.M. 71
Olomu, J.M. 127
Opara, O.O. 50
Opitz, H.M. 272
Otten, L. 78
Overhults, D.G. 150, 201
Ozen, N. 259
Page, R.K. 1
Pano, G. 237
Papa, C.M. 193
Parkhurst, C.R. 46, 189
Parks, D. 30
Parmar, R.S. 281, 282
Pawluczuk, B. 42
Pearson, A.D. 39
Pearson, C.C. 202
Peczely, P. 223
Peebles, E.D. 140, 187
Peguri, A. 79
Pei, D.C.T. 78
Perelman, D. 257
Perrins, A.J. 235
Perry, G.C. 179
Pescatore, A.J. 72
Peterson, R.A. 128
Petherick, J.C. 32
Petitte, J.N. 304
Pfeiffer, D.G. 139
Phillips, T.D. 132
Phillips, V.R. 202
Pickrell, J. 163
Piquer, J. 270
Plassiart, G. 186
Plavnik, I. 48
Pope, C.W. 230
Preston, A.P. 8
Purser, J. 28, 166
Qi, R. 64
Qureshi, M.A. 218
Reddy, R.V. 250
Reed, H.J. 77, 117, 124
Reid, D.W. 231
Reilly, W.M. 219
Renden, J.A. 221
Renner, P.A. 113
Richards, M. 277
Ricketts, A.P. 10, 11
Rives, D.V. 242, 292, 294
Robel, E.J. 73, 138, 303
Robertson, G.W. 59, 161
Robin, J.P. 290
Robinson, F.E. 160, 174, 241, 260, 304
Robinson, N.A. 174
Rogler, J.C. 60
Rollins, D. 39
Rolon, A. 298
Roothaert, R.L. 232
Rosenbaum, L.M. 142
Ross, E. 104
Rotter, R.G. 106
Rottinghaus, G.E. 111
Roura, E. 234
Roush, W.B. 3, 29
Russek-Cohen, E. 50
Rutter, S.M. 198, 279
Ryder, F.H. 253
Samish, M. 257
Sander, J.E. 1, 195
Satterlee, D.G. 253
Savory, C.J. 62, 286
Scheideler, S.E. 242, 292, 294
Schillhorn van Veen, T.W. 293
Schleifer, J.H. 248
Schultz, C.D. 140
Scotford, I.M. 202
Scott, G.B. 148
Seawright, E. 286
Sell, J.L. 270
Sexton, T.J. 205
Shahamat, M. 39
Shanks, R.D. 130
Shapiro, D.P. 278
Sharp, P.J. 222
Shaw, D.P. 164
Sherwin, C.M. 25, 146
Shivaprasad, H.L. 278
Shively, J.E. 10, 11
Shlosberg, A. 48, 237
Siegel, P.B. 24
Silanikove, N. 180
Silverside, D. 284
Sim, J. 127
Simmons, J.D. 53
Singletary, I.B. 305
Siopes, T.D. 190
Skeeles, J.K. 182
Skewes, P.A. 103
Skinner, J.T. 101, 105, 248
Sloan, D.R. 143
Smith, M.O. 118, 246
Smith, S.F. 54, 172
Sosnicki, A.A. 68
Soto-Salanova, M.F. 270
Sridhara, S. 225
Stamps, L. 123
Stamps, L.K. 108
Stanger, N.E. 106
Stenholm, C.W. 56
Stewart, L.E. 50, 203
Struwe, F.J. 91
Sukhova, N.O. 211
Sullivan, T.W. 60
Summer, J.D. 57
Summers, J.D. 266
Sunde, M.L. 309
Tadtiyanant, C. 177
Tanaka, T. 23, 41, 256
Tarver, F.R. Jr 292, 294
Tate, C.R. 50
Taylor, J.D. 135
Teeter, R.G. 118, 246, 255
Thompson, S.A. 156
Thyagarajan, D. 176
Timmons, M.B. 34, 212, 215
Touchburn, S.P. 82
Trumbull, R.D. 133, 217
Tucker, S.A. 69
Tufft, L.S. 125
Turk, J.R. 111
Turner, E.C. 192
Turner, E.C. Jr 139
Turner, L.W. 201
Tyson, B.L. 184
United States, Congress, House, Committee on Agriculture, Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry 9
United States, Congress, House, Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations 155
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Agriculture. Subcommittee on Department Operations, Research, and Foreign Agriculture 9 United States. General Accounting Office 155
Uribe, H.A. 233
Vandepopuliere, J.M. 177
Verstegen, M.W.A. 299
Vest, L. 184
Vilchez, C. 82
Voris, J.C. 263
Vos, J.J. 13, 14
Waddington, D. 15, 32, 204
Waggoner, D.B. 56
Waibel, P.E. 71
Waldie, G.A. 127
Waldroup, A.L. 99, 101
Waldroup, P.W. 99, 101, 105, 107, 131, 248
Walker, R.L. 278, 292, 294
Wang, E. 111
Wang, K. 96
Wathes, C.M. 4
Watkins, B.A. 65, 74
Watkins, K.L. 110
Watson, A. 286
Weaver, W.D. Jr 65, 74
Webster, A.B. 20
Weibking, T.S. 111
Wellenreiter, R.H. 265
Wernars, K. 291
West, M.S. 221
White, J.M. 5, 162
Whitehead, C.C. 97
Whiting, T.S. 123
Wiepkema, P.R. 116
Wiernusz, C.J. 246
Wilkins, L.J. 67, 69, 76, 77, 84
Williams, B.J. 174
Williams, J.B. 268
Wills, L.E. 306
Wilson, H.R. 95, 159, 252, 264, 289
Wilson, J.H. 26
Wilson, J.L. 52
Wilson, S. 97
Wineland, M.J. 292, 294
Wold, J. 188
Wong, H.Y.C. 285
Wooton, S.B. 70
Worley, J.W. 5
Wotton, S.B. 33, 76
Wray, C. 61
Wyatt, C.L. 249, 258
Wyatt, R.D. 1
Wyers, M. 186
Xin, H. 269
Yamani, K.A. 51
Yazwinski, T.A. 131
Youngman, R.R. 192
Yu, M.W. 160
Zawadski, J. 310
Zhang, D. 58, 244
Zhang, S.H. 150
Zimmermann, N.G. 249
4-h clubs 171
Abdominal fat 65, 71, 81, 137, 191, 197
Abnormalities 99, 197
Acclimatization 63, 80, 149, 246
Acid base equilibrium 31, 255, 290
Activity 20, 23, 50
Adaptation 219, 239
Adrenal glands 91
Adverse effects 43
Age 66, 130, 164, 221, 241, 282, 310
Age at first egg 176
Age differences 63, 97, 99, 114, 149, 176, 185, 242, 270
Aggressive behavior 18, 122, 129
Agonistic behavior 12
Agricultural research 231
Air filters 4
Air flow 136
Air pollutants 64, 163
Air pollution 3, 4
Air quality 3, 64, 136, 184, 206
Air temperature 3, 92, 217
Airborne infection 4
Alabama 133, 274
Alaska 28, 166
Alphitobius diaperinus 103, 139
Aluminum 72, 104
Amino acids 99, 105, 267
Ammonia 3, 50, 130, 136, 188, 206
Anas platyrhynchos 63
Animal behavior 19, 20, 23, 24, 41, 54, 55, 62, 63, 109, 122, 124, 167, 172, 179, 181, 199, 200, 256, 257, 268, 279, 286, 307
Animal diseases 53
Animal experiments 40, 290
Animal health 27
Animal housing 136, 154, 163, 279
Animal husbandry 75, 295
Animal physiology 211
Animal production 308
Animal tissues 1
Animal welfare 7, 8, 9, 12, 19, 22, 23, 24, 32, 33, 41, 54, 55, 68, 70, 76, 122, 124, 158, 172, 179, 181, 198, 199, 204, 209, 228, 235, 239, 243, 256, 276, 279, 298, 307, 308
Antibodies 61, 247
Antibody formation 93
Application methods 274
Artificial insemination 42, 86, 169, 205
Artificial light 115
Artificial vagina 42
Artificial ventilation 64, 143, 151, 215, 296
Ascites 48, 142, 161, 237
Ascorbic acid 100
Aspirated psychrometers 147
Atherogenic diet 285
Avian influenzavirus 178
Avian reovirus 85, 182
Aviaries 23, 41, 256
Avoidance conditioning 198
Bacterial count 16, 108, 236, 292, 301
Bait traps 192
Battery cages 18, 20, 23, 41, 55, 67, 77, 89, 117, 211, 239, 256 Battery husbandry 84
Beak 18, 66, 91, 157, 276
Beef cows 180
Behavior modification 204
Behavior patterns 63
Bioelectric potential 33, 70
Biological competition 45, 141
Biological treatment 202
Blood chemistry 46, 72, 111, 132
Blood lipids 250, 285
Blood picture 59, 111
Blood plasma 46, 62, 82, 112, 160, 221, 222, 223, 224, 253, 255, 268, 285 Blood sampling 290
Blood serum 125, 132
Blood sugar 126, 227
Body composition 114, 160
Body condition 20
Body fat 179
Body measurements 144, 160, 245
Body parts 191
Body protein 65
Body regions 70
Body surface area 245
Body temperature 6, 80, 90, 98, 246, 255
Body temperature regulation 302
Body weight 17, 18, 26, 29, 43, 49, 51, 62, 66, 67, 74, 79, 81, 82, 91, 98, 99, 107, 108, 112, 114, 119, 120, 121, 123, 125, 128, 137, 140, 157, 159, 160, 161, 175, 176, 182, 191, 197, 214, 221, 227, 241, 242, 261, 264, 267, 270, 282, 285, 288, 298, 299, 301, 307
Bone ash 26, 104, 105, 197
Bone density 26
Bone formation 105
Bone fractures 67, 69, 76, 84, 137
Bone mineralization 30, 105, 197
Bone strength 26, 67, 84, 104, 105, 307
Bones 67, 97
Boric acid 1
Breaking strength 58
Breast blisters 108, 175
Breast muscle 71, 175, 191
Breed differences 21, 67, 112
Breeding life 95
Broiler performance 108, 185, 288
Broiler production 28, 52, 133, 162, 281, 282, 296
Broilers 1, 6, 10, 11, 16, 22, 27, 29, 39, 43, 44, 46, 50, 51, 57, 62, 65, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 81, 95, 101, 102, 103, 105, 106, 108, 109, 111, 112, 114, 120, 121, 123, 128, 132, 136, 137, 140, 142, 144, 149, 159, 160, 161, 162, 164, 173, 174, 178, 182, 185, 191, 193, 194, 197, 203, 206, 207, 210, 212, 214, 217, 218, 219, 221, 231, 237, 242, 246, 248, 249, 255, 258, 261, 264, 275, 278, 286, 288, 291, 292, 294, 295, 301
Brood care 170
Brood rearing 203
Broodiness 12, 115
Bursa fabricii 85, 125
Cage density 187, 211
Cage size 239, 307
Cages 25, 35, 54, 63, 84, 97, 124, 129, 137, 146, 157, 196, 276, 307 Calcium 30, 31, 105, 106, 311
California 278, 300, 306
Campylobacter jejuni 39, 291, 292
Cannibalism 75, 276
Carbohydrate metabolism 126
Carbon dioxide 3, 33, 68, 206
Carcass composition 51, 71, 99, 242
Carcass grading 295
Carcass quality 22, 29, 57, 76, 108, 137, 140, 295
Carcass weight 29, 123, 267
Carcass yield 44, 71, 191, 242, 288
Carcasses 101, 175, 258
Case reports 164, 165, 178, 208, 240, 278
Catalytic activity 136
Cecum 193, 213
Cell membranes 106
Chemical analysis 168
Chick embryos 241, 260, 304
Chicken housing 4, 7, 28, 52, 92, 133, 150, 166, 202, 206, 207, 215, 219, 264, 283, 296, 307
Chicken industry 284
Chicken meat 44, 195
Chickens 36, 134, 262, 284
Chicks 1, 15, 28, 45, 48, 60, 72, 75, 78, 85, 98, 104, 111, 112, 118, 125, 128, 130, 141, 142, 161, 166, 168, 185, 204, 234, 244, 268, 299
Cholesterol 82, 250, 266, 285
Circadian rhythm 32, 179
Clay minerals 132
Clostridium perfringens 16
Coccidiosis 10, 11, 107, 121, 131, 173, 206
Coccidiostats 10, 11, 43, 107, 121, 131
Cocks 21, 46, 51, 144, 160, 221, 285
Cold storage 260
Cold stress 48, 237
Coliform bacteria 16
Coliform count 249
Colinus Virginianus 252
Colonizing ability 83
Color 68, 254, 310
Comparisons 151, 152
Compensatory growth 57, 81, 248
Competitive ability 83
Computer analysis 86
Computer programming 46
Computer software 5
Consumer preferences 56
Contract farming 231
Controlled atmospheres 162
Cooling 49, 90
Cooling systems 300, 302
Correlated responses 276
Corticosterone 62, 91, 93, 223, 253, 255, 268, 290
Corticotropin 100, 223
Cost analysis 264
Cost benefit analysis 28, 166, 215
Costs 66, 113, 231
Cottonseed husks 57
Criminal procedure 9
Critical temperature 96, 299
Crossbred progeny 191
Culture media 86, 111
Cyclic fluctuations 123
Cytochrome c 68
Debeaking 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 66, 91, 157, 276
Decision making 282
Deep litter housing 84
Defects 175, 258, 295
Deprivation 116, 145
Dermestes maculatus 257
Diet 22, 31, 51, 60, 74, 99, 110, 120, 233, 234, 237, 259, 261, 270, 288, 298 Dietary carbohydrate 227
Dietary fat 65, 71, 106, 107, 127
Dietary minerals 72, 104, 105
Dietary protein 6, 65, 88, 187, 227
Disease control 27, 48, 178, 291
Disease prevalence 293
Disease prevention 85
Disease resistance 93, 100, 141, 142
Disease surveys 207, 293
Disease transmission 178, 291, 294
Disease vectors 272
Dissolved oxygen 249
Diurnal activity 63
Diurnal variation 62, 149
Dna fingerprinting 21
Domestic animals 181
Domestic gardens 183
Dosage effects 10, 11, 22, 111, 120, 159, 311
Drinkers 108, 119
Drinking water 49, 58, 108, 118, 128, 218, 244, 249, 255
Drug resistance 131
Dry matter 177
Duck eggs 189
Duck meat 94
Ducks 60, 63, 94, 189
Duration 175, 199, 260
Dust 3, 64, 258
Dust bathing 116
Economic analysis 153, 264
Economic impact 215
Egg albumen 259, 303, 311
Egg clutches 2
Egg cooling 304
Egg fertility 51, 92, 189, 233, 241
Egg hatchability 51, 82, 92, 159, 174, 197, 241, 244, 265, 311
Egg mass 79
Egg production 20, 30, 41, 54, 66, 91, 95, 119, 129, 159, 166, 176, 177, 189, 197, 215, 222, 276, 298, 300, 309
Egg quality 2, 49, 115, 172, 176, 197
Egg shell 174, 310
Egg shell defects 58, 244
Egg shell formation 30
Egg shell quality 30, 58, 96, 189, 241, 266
Egg shell thickness 95, 176, 259, 311
Egg weight 79, 82, 87, 92, 95, 98, 174, 176, 177, 187, 189, 190, 215, 241, 259, 260, 298, 309, 311
Egg yolk 73, 177, 247, 250, 303
Egg yolk color 259
Egg yolk composition 82, 266
Eggs 174, 209, 247, 262, 266, 304, 310
Eimeria 10, 11, 121, 131, 173, 214
Eimeria maxima 81
Electric current 76
Embryo culture 277
Embryo mortality 2, 260, 265, 303
Embryonic development 138, 241, 260, 277, 304
Energy conservation 133
Energy consumption 113, 152
Energy cost of maintenance 79
Energy intake 51, 127
Energy value 57
Enrichment 109, 204
Environment 109, 204, 282, 292
Environmental control 5, 38, 46, 53, 150, 162, 201
Environmental factors 50, 219, 307
Environmental impact 56, 230
Environmental temperature 49, 71, 79, 90, 102, 114, 120, 149, 206, 215, 218, 246, 269, 281, 299, 302, 304
Enzyme activity 270
Epidemiology 135, 206, 207, 262, 291, 292
Equipment 28, 211
Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae 134, 135
Escherichia coli 40, 93, 100, 125
European communities 209
Evaluation 141, 205
Evaporative cooling 34, 143, 150, 212
Excreta 124, 193
Exhaust systems 305
Experimental design 40
Experimental infections 81, 131, 247
Experiments 40, 168
Eye diseases 164
Fannia canicularis 306
Fannia femoralis 306
Fasting 6, 90, 269
Fat percentage 65
Fatty degeneration 254
Fatty liver hemorrhagic syndrome 254
Fearfulness 15, 18, 22, 62, 77, 109, 119, 129, 148, 198, 204, 210, 253, 310 Feather pecking 307
Feathers 79, 91, 123, 129
Feed additives 83, 311
Feed conversion 10, 11, 17, 29, 43, 57, 81, 92, 101, 103, 107, 108, 111, 114, 119, 121, 129, 130, 137, 140, 159, 160, 175, 219, 249, 267, 270, 301, 309 Feed conversion efficiency 74, 75, 87, 88, 99, 100, 104, 128, 187, 214, 218, 227, 248, 258, 259, 261, 288
Feed dispensers 119
Feed intake 6, 8, 17, 30, 43, 49, 57, 58, 66, 79, 80, 81, 87, 91, 92, 96, 101, 104, 105, 107, 110, 111, 119, 130, 144, 149, 177, 180, 187, 190, 197, 219, 246, 248, 259, 267, 269, 270, 282, 298, 301, 309
Feed meals 48
Feed supplements 73
Feed troughs 129, 144
Feeding behavior 12, 17, 18, 36, 144
Feeding habits 41, 144, 257
Feeds 1, 237, 294
Female fertility 42, 82, 180, 190, 244
Fiber content 66
Flocks 27, 50, 213, 278, 291, 293
Floor husbandry 203
Floor pens 87, 97, 101, 239
Floor space 307
Floor type 137, 196, 307
Floors 91, 108, 137
Florida 49, 143, 165, 167
Fluorescent lamps 14
Fluorescent light 115
Folic acid 138
Folic acid deficiency 138
Follicles 108, 123
Food contamination 294
Food deprivation 32, 145
Food handling 297
Food intake 32, 102
Food preparation 297
Food processing 292, 294
Food restriction 31
Food safety 262
Food sanitation 292
Foodborne diseases 262
Fowl diseases 100, 103
Fowl feeding 112, 144, 193, 261
Fowls 8, 12, 19, 24, 31, 32, 34, 40, 83, 93, 97, 100, 183, 200, 272, 273, 283, 289, 300, 307, 311
Free range husbandry 183, 226
Frozen semen 251
Geese 42, 223, 290
Genetic correlation 158
Genetic differences 158, 309
Genetic improvement 24
Genetic variation 24
Geographical distribution 213
Georgia 156, 195, 220, 231
Gibberella fujikuroi 111
Glycogen 126, 227
Goose feeding 170
Granulosa cells 224
Group size 307
Growth 43, 72, 99, 105, 130, 160, 196, 249, 264
Growth promoters 270
Growth rate 75, 102, 120, 233, 234, 267
Handling 75, 109, 148, 204, 210, 290
Hatcheries 126, 274
Hatching date 98
Hatching weight 82, 98, 265
Heart 76, 91
Heart diseases 106
Heat conservation 217
Heat exchangers 153
Heat processing 88
Heat production 6, 90, 96, 98, 299
Heat pumps 203
Heat recovery 153
Heat resistance 46
Heat stress 6, 31, 43, 46, 47, 78, 80, 90, 92, 96, 98, 102, 118, 120, 123, 130, 149, 177, 179, 180, 218, 219, 220, 224, 246, 255, 269
Heat tolerance 96, 98
Heating costs 78
Hemorrhage 68, 76
Hen feeding 66, 95
Hens 7, 14, 20, 23, 25, 26, 30, 33, 35, 37, 41, 47, 49, 54, 55, 58, 66, 67, 69, 76, 77, 79, 84, 87, 89, 90, 91, 92, 96, 116, 117, 119, 122, 124, 129, 138, 144, 145, 146, 148, 157, 158, 166, 169, 172, 177, 179, 187, 197, 198, 209, 210, 211, 213, 222, 224, 239, 241, 244, 247, 250, 254, 256, 259, 264, 265, 266, 276, 279, 298, 302, 307, 309, 310, 311
Heritability 20, 158, 276
High altitude 142
Histomonas meleagridis 165
Histopathology 110, 135, 161, 164
Homidium bromide 205
Hormone secretion 222, 223
Humidity 98, 147, 281
Hydrotaea aenescens 306
Hygiene 4, 192, 207, 300
Immobilization 210, 253
Immune response 218
In vitro 88
Incidence 101, 106, 213, 275, 285
Incubation 2, 170, 265, 277, 303
Infections 101, 123
Infectious bursal disease virus 85
Infectious diseases 270
Insect control 35, 139, 154, 192
Insect pests 139
Insecticide residues 1
Insecticides 154, 192
Insulating materials 133, 152
Insulation 133, 139
Integrated pest management 192
Intensive husbandry 194, 207
Interactions 64, 122
Interleukin 1 234
Intermittent light 179
International trade 56
Intestinal absorption 102
Intestinal diseases 40, 270
Intestinal mucosa 16, 40
Intestines 43, 81, 121, 131, 173
Ionophores 10, 11
Isolation 53, 268
Isolation techniques 294
Israel 180, 257
Japanese quails 82, 176, 253
Jejunum 102, 270
Laboratory animals 9
Lactic acid 290
Land use planning 263
Laying performance 2, 49, 51, 58, 73, 79, 87, 92, 113, 115, 117, 127, 158, 169, 187, 190, 224, 250, 252, 259, 264, 266, 307, 310, 311
Learning ability 32
Leg weakness 170, 240
Legs 99, 197
Lesions 10, 11, 16, 43, 81, 85, 121, 131, 173, 206, 257
Lethal dose 1
Lh 222, 224
Light intensity 13, 160, 189, 190
Light regime 6, 22, 23, 52, 71, 113, 179, 190, 206
Light relations 233
Lighting 3, 64, 113, 115
Line differences 114, 157, 158, 310
Linoleic acid 82
Literature reviews 12, 19, 64, 179, 199, 200, 307, 308
Litter 1, 50, 91, 103, 121, 137, 140, 145, 196, 206, 214, 232, 239, 258, 263, 270, 301
Live vaccines 85
Liver 82, 111, 125, 126, 227, 254, 266
Liveweight gain 10, 11, 18, 57, 74, 87, 88, 107, 111, 114, 118, 119, 130, 131, 191, 214, 218, 219, 248, 258, 282, 288
Lysine 120, 187, 191, 288
Maize 73, 127, 261, 309
Male animals 186
Male fertility 21
Mathematical models 5, 34, 64, 150, 212, 281, 305
Mating frequency 21
Meat cuts 81, 288
Meat quality 68, 94
Mechanical methods 151
Metabolizable energy 51, 79, 298
Methionine 58, 102, 311
Mice 272, 294
Microbial contamination 50
Microbial degradation 202
Microbial flora 236, 301
Microcomputers 46, 162, 217
Microwave radiation 78
Mineral content 104
Mineral deficiencies 31, 311
Mineral metabolism 30, 72
Mineral nutrition 30
Mist application 34
Mist sprayers 212
Mixed infections 173
Mode of action 96, 234
Moisture content 50, 140, 193, 214, 258, 301
Mortality 18, 43, 46, 48, 66, 74, 75, 98, 101, 103, 106, 108, 128, 159, 164, 175, 179, 185, 197, 218, 227, 228, 240, 249, 267, 278, 288, 298
Multivariate analysis 207
Musca domestica 167, 168, 306
Muscina stabulans 306
Muscle physiology 68
Muscles 68, 110
Mycoplasma gallisepticum 100
Mycoplasma synoviae 208, 278
Nesting 25, 37, 54
Nests 54, 117, 124, 304, 307
New South Wales 35
Newborn animals 98, 299
Newcastle disease virus 100
Nicarbazin 43, 173
Nicotinic acid 104, 266
Nipple drinkers 87, 128
Nitrogen content 140
Nonprotein nitrogen 232
Normal values 97
North Carolina 46, 208
Nut products 259
Nutrient requirements 120
Nutritive value 168
Odor abatement 202
Odor emission 202
Oleic acid 82
Oral administration 1, 83
Organs 65, 111, 125, 132, 160
Ornithonyssus sylviarum 35
Osmotic pressure 205
Outbreaks 135, 164, 165, 262, 278
Oviposition 54, 146, 158
Palmitic acid 82
Pantothenic acid 261
Particle density 64
Particle size 140, 156
Pelleted feeds 48, 71, 127
Pennsylvania 3, 64
Perches 89, 90, 124, 172, 219, 302
Performance 60, 99, 110
Performance testing 147, 196
Permethrin 35, 257
Ph 50, 68, 249, 290
Phenotypic correlation 158
Phosphorus 30, 82, 156
Photoperiod 160, 175, 221, 222
Physical activity 179
Pig housing 53, 201, 226
Pigeons 127, 171, 238
Poly(vinyl chloride) 153
Population density 167
Population dynamics 225
Population structure 225
Potassium chloride 118, 123, 255
Poultry 40, 59, 61, 183, 199, 225, 228, 229, 229, 235, 243, 245, 263, 293, 308 Poultry diseases 39, 170, 171, 195
Poultry droppings 188, 202
Poultry farming 269, 283
Poultry feeding 127, 166, 171, 195, 238, 252
Poultry housing 3, 5, 12, 13, 18, 34, 38, 42, 46, 64, 84, 139, 143, 147, 151, 152, 153, 162, 167, 171, 176, 184, 188, 192, 195, 200, 201, 203, 211, 212, 217, 225, 226, 231, 238, 245, 271, 274, 280, 281, 282, 305
Poultry industry 56, 156, 230, 236
Poultry manure 156, 165, 168, 180, 232, 293, 300, 306
Poultry meat 45, 236
Poults 126, 227, 270
Predators of insect pests 306
Predatory mites 306
Preincubation period 241, 304
Problem analysis 156
Processing losses 44, 288
Production costs 298, 307
Productivity 211, 231
Profitability 29, 66
Protein content 74, 267
Protein efficiency ratio 114
Protein intake 127, 309
Pullets 4, 18, 159, 165
Rattus rattus 225
Regional surveys 213
Regulations 179, 209
Relative humidity 5, 212, 217, 269
Reproductive behavior 117
Reproductive performance 127
Research support 56, 231
Residential areas 195
Restricted feeding 48, 59, 62, 65, 74, 80, 81, 99, 110, 161, 174, 193, 197, 220, 233, 246, 264, 286, 298
Risk 206, 207, 215
Rodent control 225, 271
Ruminant feeding 232
Saline water 58, 244
Salinomycin 81, 214, 248
Salmonella 27, 45, 50, 207, 213, 236, 280, 294
Salmonella enteritidis 61, 141, 213, 247, 262, 272
Salmonella gallinarum 61
Salmonella typhimurium 83, 101, 173
Salmonellosis 155, 207, 262
Salmonellosis in poultry 155
Sampling 4, 236, 280, 292, 293
Sanitation 154, 234, 274
Selection criteria 114, 253, 276
Selection program 158
Selection responses 200, 276
Semen characters 42, 233
Semen diluents 86
Semen preservation 86, 251
Semen production 42, 221, 233
Serotypes 247, 291
Sex differences 17, 65, 74, 97, 98, 114, 120, 128, 144, 164, 223, 242, 257, 268 Sex ratio 189
Sexual behavior 12
Sexual maturity 200, 221, 233
Shear strength 26
Simulation models 203, 215, 281, 282
Site selection 263
Skin diseases 123
Slatted floors 188
Slaughter 68, 193
Slaughtering and slaughter-houses 284
Small intestine 16, 193
Social behavior 17, 268
Social dominance 12, 21, 122, 200
Sodium bicarbonate 123
Sodium chloride 255
Soybean oilmeal 73, 88, 259, 261, 309
Space requirements 239, 245, 256
Spatial distribution 3
Spectral data 13
Spermatozoa 86, 205, 221, 251
Spleen 91, 125
Sticky traps 167
Stocking density 29, 71, 101, 119, 124, 157, 176, 187, 209, 295, 307 Storage 304
Storage losses 260
Storage quality 251
Strain differences 18, 66, 87, 113, 120, 191, 221, 253, 267, 276, 288, 309 Streptomycin 234
Stress 26, 27, 29, 62, 85, 91, 94, 100, 125, 135, 186, 223, 234, 253, 268, 273, 285, 286, 290, 310, 311
Stress response 59, 83, 126, 130, 200
Stresses 126, 130, 275
Structural design 53, 147, 153
Stunning 33, 68, 70, 76
Sulfur amino acids 74, 187
Sunflower oil 106
Surgical operations 175
Survival 157, 255, 309
Symptoms 1, 135, 164, 182, 208, 254
Tap water 58
Temperature 5, 47, 50, 212, 251, 265
Tendons 85, 275
Testes 51, 221
Theory 34, 305
Thermal properties 152
Tibia 104, 105, 186, 197, 275
Time 299, 304
Timing 42, 93, 95, 158, 224
Toxicity 1, 110, 132, 252
Training of animals 199
Transport of animals 109, 186, 295
Trauma 77, 276
Turkey egg fertility 86, 205
Turkey egg hatchability 2, 73, 138, 303
Turkey egg production 2, 115, 303
Turkey eggs 73, 138, 303
Turkey hen feeding 73, 267, 303
Turkey meat 68, 297
Turkeys 2, 12, 17, 40, 68, 71, 86, 88, 99, 107, 110, 113, 115, 131, 138, 175, 186, 188, 190, 194, 196, 205, 208, 220, 233, 240, 251, 257, 267, 269, 270, 277, 281, 282, 295, 303
U.S.A. 56, 151, 213
Unrestricted feeding 74, 110, 174, 286
Vascular diseases 164
Ventilation 3, 153, 184, 212, 217, 300, 305
Vertical transmission 291
Viability 86, 174, 205, 251
Video recordings 36
Vitamin supplements 218, 303
Waste disposal 230
Waste paper 301
Waste treatment 230
Waste utilization 156
Water content 299
Water flow 128
Water holding capacity 68, 140
Water intake 58, 80, 87, 110, 123, 149, 177, 255
Water purification 249
Water quality 230, 249
Waterborne diseases 39
Weather 47, 281
Weight 51, 58, 65, 91, 111, 125, 132, 160, 221, 254, 270
Weight determination 289
Weight losses 2, 98, 174, 252, 260, 299
Wet feeding 177
Wild birds 208
Wire netting 91, 137
Wood shavings 54, 140
Zinc 58, 125, 159, 311
Zinc bacitracin 96
Zinc sulfate 58