Light management is an integral part of raising laying hens. In fact, it is of essential importance to all types of chickens. With a growth in the rate producers are switching to cage-free housing, attention to lighting has gained interest.
For the first time, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, are organized by chapters that reflect every life stage. The edition also emphasizes that it is never too early or too late to eat healthily.
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As we welcome in 2021, we find the U.S. egg industry approximately five years into a ten-year transition toward cage-free egg production. Already, one-quarter of the U.S. laying hen flock has been transitioned to cage-free housing. But there is so much more to do.
If things go well, there will be a new egg-derived nasal drop that could offer short-term protection against COVID-19. Phase One trials began in October in Perth, Australia – along with a network of academic institutions centered at Stanford University in California – and are expected to conclude this month.
Keeping birds comfortable is a top priority for poultry producers. Their comfort is directly proportional to their well-being and, thus, to their productivity. Keen producers follow age-old baseline tactics to assess bird comfort – starting with observation.