The relationship between chick characteristics, broiler welfare and growth

I.C. de Jong, M. Fillerup, B. Riedstra, M.L. Boerjan, H. Hopster

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterProfessional

Abstract

In hatchery management, one-day-old chick quality is related to breeding and hatching conditions. However, it is likely that one-day-old chick quality is also related to broiler welfare and growth. Therefore, the authors studied if day-old chicks of optimal quality differ from day-old chicks of suboptimal quality in welfare aspects (behaviour, walking ability) and production aspects (growth) between 1-8 and 35-42 days of age
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • poultry farming
  • fowls
  • animal welfare
  • chicken housing
  • breeding places
  • broilers

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