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From beak trimming to keel bone damage, there is a huge range of topics an egg producer must be across if they are to manage birds effectively and get the most from their flocks

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LAYERS

Rearer's advice on getting pullets off to a good start

Modern hybrid hens are genetically sophisticated and achieving their productive potential will only be possible if the development period from chick to hen is carefully managed. Attention to detail is…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

50 years of poultry health progress – one firm’s view

It was during the 1960s that the poultry industry really began to evolve into the structure it holds today. British farmers were looking to the United States, where poultry farming…

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LAYERS

3 key ways to control salmonella in layers

The introduction of live vaccines for salmonella in layers in the early part of the last decade and the UK national control programme have been effective at controlling the bacteria. But…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Guide to inactive vaccine administration for pullet rearers

Like many of the processes in poultry farming, bird performance is tied to getting the basics right. The inactivated vaccine administration at point of lay is no different, with a…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

A poultry producer's guide to red mite control

Effectively tackling red mite in layers requires a stringent three-pronged approach at turnaround. Every poultry producer knows that red mite can severely affect a flock’s health. The stress levels imposed…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent cases in farmed poulty found in Germany and Bulgaria. The disease was identified in wild…

POULTRY

Top tips on autumn rat management for poultry farmers

Autumn is the time of year rodents really begin to cause problems for poultry farms. After harvest time sources of food beginning to dwindle and temperatures become cooler, so rats…

POULTRY

How to bait properly to control rodents on poultry farms

Controlling vermin populations on broiler units is an integral facet of farm management, but the efforts applied by producers are often found to be ineffective. Rat populations can escalate quickly and…

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

How latest red mite treatments perform in poultry flocks

Red mite is a pervasive pest present on almost all commercial poultry farms with varying degrees of severity. Mites can drink up to 5% of a bird's blood every night, and…

POULTRY

Latest advances in science for poultry farmers

Every year, hundreds of academic papers relevant to poultry are published, with their findings often trickling down to farms in the months and years that follow. Here, Poultry World rounds…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why vitamin D supplements are vital for good poultry health

An adequate supply of vitamins and minerals is necessary in poultry for boosting defences and allowing the bird to reach its full genetic potential, writes Ruth Fennell, poultry graduate trainee with…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Beak trimming is still a big issue for UK egg farmers

For years, the spectre of managing commercial layer units without the ability to beak trim hung over the poultry sector. Encouraged by animal rights organisations, the prospect of a ban…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How stressed parents can cause layer offspring to peck

The link between a stressed parent flock and more anxious chicks has been identified for the first time, as Jake Davies discovers on a trip to Holland Our mothers all…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

What causes vent pecking and cannibalism in layers?

Vent pecking and cannibalism are an ongoing concern for free-range egg producers. But what factors are causing them? Philip Clarke reviews a new study from Bristol University. Conventional wisdom about…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How wasps could help to control flies on organic egg farms

Poultry farms often come under fire for high levels of flies, and the challenge on organic farms is even greater. But there are alternative methods of control. Flies proliferate in…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Using falcons to protect poultry from disease - is it viable?

Free-range poultry flocks at risk from disease spread by seagulls can now turn to bird power as the ultimate deterrent. And it’s a tactic that can disperse a flock of…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why red mites in layers are set to rise

A ban on beak trimming in layers could prove detrimental to hen welfare due to an associated increase in red mite numbers, combined with more aggressive feather pecking. Recent attempts…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

The genetics that cause hens to peck

The link between genetic makeup and severe feather pecking is one increasingly being examined by researchers. But what are the principles that might make a bird more likely to peck?…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How reducing stress in layers helps stops feather pecking

Egg producers have been advised to ditch routine in order to reduce stress in fearful flocks of laying birds. Two distinguished animal welfare scientists advised an audience of Scottish egg…