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With many laying hens coming out of cages, most poultry producers in the U.S. and EU won’t even consider raising broiler in cages, but should they?
For hens, the start of the lay period is key, as a relatively high number of problems can occur that might have a negative impact on their subsequent laying
Laying hens spend less time foraging and were slower to begin to forage in ammoniated environments compared to being out in the fresh air.
An important factor in the case of free-range eggs is the potential access to an outdoor area for laying hens, even though access to an outdoor area may
Egg laying chickens have their own routine and daily schedule that they rigidly stick to, differentiating them from others in the flock.
Sunflower meal supports egg production and may offer producers an alternative to soybean meal use in feed, say researchers.
Researchers aim to further enrich eggs and poultry meat with omega-3 fatty acids. Fatty acid metabolism could lead to new 'designer' eggs
Beyond soy, there is potential for leguminous plants to supply protein in diets for laying hens.
There is plethora of alternative ingredients that could be used in layer diets, but lack of knowledge often causes an opportunity to be lost.
Adding levels of curcumin to the diets of laying hens may improve both hen immune functioning and the quality of eggs laid, say researchers.