Q-perch helps fight poultry red mite

Anne van den Oever, Liebregts Bas, Lotte van de Ven

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Abstract

Poultry red mite is a parasite that is present on an average of 83% European poultry farms. Poultry red mite causes anaemia, weight loss and agitation in chickens and also facilitates the spread of bacterial and viral pathogens. This leads to additional mortality, a higher feed conversion, decreased egg quality and production. Thus, the economic importance of fighting this parasite is vital for poultry farmers. Traditionally red mite was controlled by pesticides,
which aim to minimise population size on short term basis. Vencomatic Group launches a mechanic solution to control red mite in poultry houses by continuously keeping the population size in an acceptable range. Based on the knowledge that red mite predominantly parasitize on its host during the dark, the focus is on the perches that chickens roost on. The revolutionary Q-perch is a patented perch containing two isolators, that kill the red mite on their journey
towards the chicken. A small electrical current running through the isolators is harmless for the chickens, but lethal for the red mite. The mushroom shape of the Q-perch is studied to be the most comfortable shape for the chickens, as it offers stability and grip. Therefore the Q-perch is beneficial for animal health and welfare, which in turn benefits the farmer as the chickens perform better.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level
EditorsIngrid C. De Jong, Paul Koene
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages264-264
ISBN (Electronic)9789086868629
ISBN (Print)9789086863143
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group level - Ede, Netherlands
Duration: 5 Sep 20178 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group level
CountryNetherlands
CityEde
Period5/09/178/09/17

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    Q-perch helps fight poultry red mite

    Anne van den Oever (Speaker), , Liebregts Bas (Speaker), & Lotte van de Ven (Speaker)

    5 Sep 2017

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    van den Oever, A., Bas, L., & van de Ven, L. (2017). Q-perch helps fight poultry red mite. In I. C. De Jong, & P. Koene (Eds.), Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level (pp. 264-264). Wageningen Academic Publishers.