(Phys.org)—A Royal Veterinary College study has found that hens reared in commercial conditions do not form friendships and are not particular about who they spend time with.
(Phys.org)—Chicken meat and other foods will be able to be screened for bacteria even faster and more effectively than ever, thanks to breakthrough nanobiotechnology research.
A study of the welfare of caged production hens has recommended chickens have access to a nest box to lay their eggs without being disturbed.
A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science helps researchers further understand how microbials and probiotics affect poultry health.
According to the USDA, Americans consume some 8 billion chickens and 75 billion chicken eggs annually. Despite the importance of chicken in the US diet however, few in this country rely on the birds for their economic livelihood.
A lone rooster sees a lot of all the hens in the flock, but the hen with the largest comb gets a bigger dose of sperm - and thus more chicks. This sounds natural, but behind all this is humanity's hunger for eggs.
With increasing public awareness of animal welfare, how much more are people willing to pay for the happiness of the animals they eat?
Initial studies show a fungus grown in the leftovers of ethanol production could be a good energy feed for pigs and chickens.