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Alternative Systems for Poultry

Alternative Systems for Poultry

Edited by V Sandilands, P Hocking

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Alternative Systems for Poultry

Recent interest in how poultry are housed and managed in order to ensure profitability, sustainability, and good levels of animal welfare, are challenging issues that commercial poultry keepers face, particularly where legislation is bringing about legal requirements for housing. This book compares and contrasts alternative housing with conventional and traditional systems for commercial poultry (laying hens, meat chickens, turkeys, waterfowl and gamebirds) with regards to welfare, disease, health, nutrition, sustainability and genotype-environment interaction.


Researchers and students in poultry science and production and related subjects.

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Author Edited by V Sandilands, P Hocking
Availability In Print
Dimensions Unknown
Extent 376 Pages
ISBN 9781845938246
Publication date Apr-12
Book Type Hardcover


Part 1 - Introduction, Legislation, Economics and Sustainability

1. What are Alternative Systems for Poultry?

2. The Impact of Legislation and Assurance Schemes on Alternative Systems for Poultry Welfare

3. Politics and Economics

Part 2 - Disease and Health

4. The Effects of Alternative Systems on Disease and Health of Poultry

5. Production Systems for Laying Hens and Broilers and Risk of Human Pathogens

Part 3 - Village and Backyard Poultry

6. Introduction to Village and Backyard Poultry Production

7. Technology and Programmes for Sustainable Improvement of Village Poultry production

Part 4 - Waterfowl and Game Birds

8. Production Systems for Waterfowl

9. Game Bird Breeding, Brooding and Rearing - Health and Welfare

Part 5 - Laying Hens

10. Housing and Management of Layer Breeders in Rearing and Production

11. Furnished Cages for Laying Hens

12. Performance, Welfare, Health and Hygiene of Laying Hens in Non-cage Systems in Comparison with Cage Systems

Part 6 - Meat Birds

13. Housing and Management of Broiler Breeders and Turkey Breeders

14. Alternative Systems for Meat Chickens and Turkeys: Production, Health and Welfare

Part 7 - Challenges and Opportunities

15. Nutritional Challenges of Alternative Production Systems

16. Genotype Environment Interaction: Breeding Layers with Different Requirements for Varying Housing Systems

17. Is There a Future for Alternative Systems?

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