Part One: Introduction
1 Commercial poultry production systems and their main welfare challenges
Part Two: Management: Hatch to Slaughter
2 How conditions at the hatchery affect welfare
3 Rearing young birds for adaptability
4 Slaughter – Electrical stunning
5 Slaughter – Low Atmospheric Pressure and Controlled Atmosphere Stunning
Part Three: Welfare Assessment on the Farm
6 Welfare Assessment on the Farm: Focusing on the group
7 Welfare Assessment on the Farm: Focusing on the individual
Part Four: Continuing Challenges
8 Skeletal problems
9 Feather pecking and cannibalism: can we really stop beak trimming?
10 Sustainability of laying hen housing systems
11 Stocking density – how do we judge how much space poultry need?
12 Social behavior
13 Welfare issues in turkey production
Part Five: Emerging Issues
14 Alternative parasite control methods
15 Responding to environmental stressors using genetic approaches
16 Backyard poultry production
17 Mass depopulation
Advances in Poultry Welfare provides a targeted overview of contemporary developments in poultry welfare. The reviews in the volume address topical issues related to poultry welfare research and assessment, with a focus on identifying practical strategies for improvement as well as information gaps that remain to be filled.
Part One provides an introduction to poultry production systems and gives a broad overview of current poultry welfare issues. Part Two moves on to review several aspects of poultry management, focusing on hatchery practices, early rearing, and slaughter. Part Three deals with welfare assessment on the farm, while Part Four explores continuing challenges, such as feather pecking and skeletal problems. This is followed in Part Five by a discussion of emerging issues, with chapters covering alternative parasite control methods, backyard poultry production, mass depopulation, and genetic approaches to reducing the impact of environmental stressors on welfare.
This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Advances in Farm Animal Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs, and poultry.
With its expert editor and international team of contributors, Advances in Poultry Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, veterinarians involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of poultry.
- Provides in-depth reviews of emerging topics, research and applications in poultry welfare
- Integral part of a wider series, Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare, which will provide comprehensive coverage of animal welfare of the world’s major farmed animals
- Covers a range of topical issues within the field, from beak-trimming and skeletal problems, to early rearing and the design and management of poultry production systems
- Edited by a distinguished leader in the field
Animal Welfare research scientists as well as postgraduate students, Animal production researcher scientists, Practising vets involved in welfare assessment, NGOs interested in animal welfare
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- © Woodhead Publishing 2018
- 15th December 2017
- Woodhead Publishing
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Joy Mench is professor and director of the Department of Animal Welfare at UC Davis. Her research specializes in poultry welfare, but the department at UC Davis has a focus on cattle, pig, poultry and laboratory animal welfare. She has published widely for the last three decades, and has a wide range of contacts in both academia and industry. She was the author, alongside Michael Appleby of Poultry Behaviour and Welfare; 2004; CABI Publishing.
Professor of Animal Science and Director, Department of Animal Welfare, UC Davis, Davis, CA, USA