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Restricting birds' access to the outdoors is advisable at a time when avian influenza has been detected in the United States, if certification programs will allow it, the country's chief veterinary officer said.
Scientists at the Francis Crick Institute and the University of Kent used the gene editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 to create female-only and male-only mice litters. The findings could provide a genetic solution for the male chick layer dilemma.
Robotic technology can encourage broiler breeders, layer hens and turkeys to move around the house, reducing the incidence of floor eggs and stimulating fertility, improving bird health and welfare and reducing the amount of labor required.
A feeding strategy that matches laying hens’ nutrient intake to time of day could result in improvements to eggshell quality, increase the number of eggs produced and have a positive impact on the sustainability of the poultry industry.
Composting has proven to be a convenient, affordable, socially acceptable and environmentally acceptable way to dispose of poultry carcasses, but in order to be effective and biosecure, there is a certain “cookbook” that poultry producers should follow.
Earlier outbreak series of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) affecting poultry appear to have been resolved in France and the United Kingdom (U.K.). While the rate of new outbreaks has declined sharply in poultry across Europe in recent months, new cases in poultry have been confirmed in Belgium, Kosovo and Poland.