How poultry are housed and managed in order to ensure profitability, sustainability, and good levels of animal welfare are the 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.
About the Author
Victoria Sandilands is at the Avian Science Research Centre, SAC, UK.
Paul M. Hocking is at The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Midlothian, UK.
Table of Contents
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 Welfare3. Politics and EconomicsPart 2 - Disease and Health4. The Effects of Alternative Systems on Disease and Health of Poultry5. Production Systems for Laying Hens and Broilers and Risk of Human PathogensPart 3 - Village and Backyard Poultry6. Introduction to Village and Backyard Poultry Production7. Technology and Programmes for Sustainable Improvement of Village Poultry productionPart 4 - Waterfowl and Game Birds8. Production Systems for Waterfowl9. Game Bird Breeding, Brooding and Rearing - Health and WelfarePart 5 - Laying Hens10. Housing and Management of Layer Breeders in Rearing and Production11. Furnished Cages for Laying Hens12. Performance, Welfare, Health and Hygiene of Laying Hens inNon-cage Systems in Comparison with Cage SystemsPart 6 - Meat Birds13. Housing and Management of Broiler Breeders and Turkey Breeders14. Alternative Systems for Meat Chickens and Turkeys: Production, Health and WelfarePart 7 - Challenges and Opportunities15. Nutritional Challenges of Alternative Production Systems 16. Genotype Environment Interaction: Breeding Layers with Different Requirements for Varying Housing Systems17. Is There a Future for Alternative Systems?