Managing prenatal development of broiler chickens to improve productivity and thermotolerance

Zehava Uni*, Shlomo Yahav

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

In recent decades, the rate of weight gain of meat-type broiler chickens has increased significantly [25, 26]. In the 1960s, a commercial broiler chicken reached the market weight of 2.2 kg by 12 weeks of age; today, broilers attain this same market weight at less than 6 weeks. This impressive improvement is due to the knowledge accumulated by industry poultry managers and researchers from different disciplines - geneticists, nutritionists, physiologists and veterinarians - who have contributed to the optimisation of broiler performance.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationManaging the Prenatal Environment to Enhance Livestock Productivity
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Pages71-90
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789048131358
ISBN (Print)9789048131341
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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