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11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1144 times
The critical questions on yolk colour

What began with a simple, yet superbly successful, marketing stunt by supermarket chain Iceland developed into a direct assault on the values that the...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1049 times
Shut that pophole

When it comes to getting ventilation right for poultry, the most difficult set of circumstances will be found in free range systems.


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 978 times
Too close for comfort

Although the introduction of scratch areas has arguably brought about welfare benefits for the laying hen, it is becoming increasingly apparent that b...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1258 times
Product liability insurance

Producers and farmers should be aware from December 4th 2000 proposed changes to the Consumer Protection Act will increase their legal responsibility ...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1084 times
A Whiter shade of pale

Although we may have seen little in the way of sunshine so far this year, for some producers what we have had has already cost them dear.


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1076 times
Feeding for Organic egg production

With feed constituting a major component of any animal production system and in the case of egg production, the major cost, it is vital that every asp...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1029 times
Pickle your hens to preserve their health

Many types of bacteria are present in the gut of animals and in most cases a symbiotic relationship exists where the type and numbers of bacteria are ...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1093 times
Time to stop mucking about

Where there's muck there's money. And now DEFRA has started spelling out just how much cash the contents of a droppings pit can be worth.


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 1064 times
Shedding Light on Day Length

The long, dark nights of winter may not be everyone's idea of fun but after months of late night pophole closing the end of British Summer Time ...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 864 times
My Poultry Day by Day

This was written at the turn of the 20th century, it contains a wealth of poultry keeping information. Most of it still very relevant today and gives ...


11 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 875 times
Feather Pecking - The unanswered questions

It is the biggest problem facing the alternative egg production sector. But after 30 years of research scientists have come up with no solutions to th...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 742 times
So - What is the problem

I wonder if you have any problems? In general, many egg producers are attaining very satisfactory results. However there are still occasions when thin...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 737 times
Grading your eggs

For all those new to egg production we have a handy guide to acceptable seconds and eggs unsuitable for processing.


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 735 times
Eggshell - Pale and Interesting

First quality eggs must have first quality shells. First the egg must have a strong shell to withstand transportation and packing. Second, a clean she...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 680 times
A day in the life of an egg

The original purpose of an egg was a protective development chamber for an embryo to eventually produce a day old chick. Genetics and nutrition have l...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 843 times
Broody Hens

“When we had nests with mesh floors and a wind howling through them, we rarely saw a broody chicken,”


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 597 times
When should a free range pullet be allowed out?

Not only has this dilemma caused much soul-searching for parents of teenage girls, but for the owners of the feathered variety that lay eggs the answe...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 624 times
Lymphoid Leucosis (LL, Big Liver Disease, Visceral Leucosis)

Lymphoid leucosis (LL) is caused by a retro (leuco) virus. Infected breeders can be detected by testing hatching eggs and cloacal swabs for the p...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 654 times
Turkey Rhinotracheitis-Swollen Head Syndrome

The virus may be transmitted horizontally by contaminated water, personnel and equipment as well as from bird to bird. Species affected Turkeys and c...


10 January 2010 |Veterinary and Husbandry|Viewed 732 times
Avian Influenza

Avian influenza is caused by a myxovirus. There are several serotypes. Turkeys and ducks are mainly affected but chickens, geese, and wild birds ...