Managing prenatal development of broiler chickens to improve productivity and thermotolerance

Zehava Uni*, Shlomo Yahav

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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
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9789048131358
ISBN (Print)9789048131341
StatePublished - 2010

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