Management and Poultry Nutrition

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).

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Dear Colleagues,

Poultry farming is the form of animal husbandry which raises domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese to produce meat or eggs for food. More than 60 billion chickens are killed for consumption annually. According to the World Watch Institute, 74% of the world’s poultry meat, and 68% of eggs are produced intensively. Many others systems involved lower or high stocking densities exist and this can have an impact on the management and nutrition requirements of these birds under these circumstances, within the production purpose for meat or eggs. Nutritional requirements of the poultry is a science that need to be updated as new ingredients and alternatives are available, and also to follow the genetic selection of the most of the poultry lines, and the changes in environment where these birds are submitted around the globe. This special issue “Management and Poultry Nutrition” have the aim of creating a source of research publications that could serve as reference and guidance for the new changes in the production systems, new feed ingredients, different poultry species and genetic packages. These information can be beneficiary to help the meat and egg production, and at the same time be more environmentally friendly.

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  • poultry
  • egg production
  • poultry meat
  • broiler breeders
  • broilers
  • layer hens
  • poultry management
  • poultry nutrition

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Assessing Bone Health Status and Eggshell Quality of Laying Hens at the End of a Production Cycle in Response to Inclusion of a Hybrid Rye to a Wheat–Corn Diet
by Siemowit Muszyński, Kornel Kasperek, Sylwester Świątkiewicz, Anna Arczewska-Włosek, Dariusz Wiącek, Janine Donaldson, Piotr Dobrowolski, Marcin B. Arciszewski, Jose Luis Valverde Piedra, Dominika Krakowiak, Katarzyna Kras, Jadwiga Śliwa and Tomasz Schwarz
Vet. Sci. 2022, 9(12), 683; - 8 Dec 2022
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The objective of this study was to evaluate whether there are negative effects of the partial replacement of white corn with rye along with xylanase supplementation on overall bone quality, eggshell mineralization, and mechanical strength in laying hens. From the 26th week of [...] Read more.
The objective of this study was to evaluate whether there are negative effects of the partial replacement of white corn with rye along with xylanase supplementation on overall bone quality, eggshell mineralization, and mechanical strength in laying hens. From the 26th week of life, ISA Brown laying hens were fed either a wheat–corn diet or a diet containing 25% rye, with or without xylanase. The experimental period lasted for 25 weeks, until birds reached their 50th week of age, after which bone and eggshell quality indices were assessed. Eggshell thickness and eggshell Ca content of eggs from rye-fed hens were improved by xylanase supplementation. No differences in the mechanical properties of the eggshells were observed between treatments, except for the diet-dependent changes in egg deformation. Rye inclusion had no effect on the mechanical properties of bone. Xylanase supplementation, irrespective of the diet, had a positive effect on bone strength and increased tibia Ca content, as well as the content of several microelements. Hence, hybrid rye combined with wheat can replace 25% of corn in layer diets without compromising shell quality or bone mineral content. Xylanase supplementation in these diets is recommended since its inclusion improves both bone strength and quality. Full article
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