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Cover for The feather, a triumph of natural engineering and multifunctionality.

Structures in nature have evolved over millions of years and, unlike in engineering, are multifunctional. For example, an airplane wing may perform only a single function: lift. This is unlike the bird wing which, besides also producing power, has an ability to detect local updraught information...

Author(s)
Lingham-Soliar, T.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Embryonic development of the avian integument.

The skin and its appendages, such as feathers and scales, form the interface between a bird and its environment. The size, number and distribution of feathers and the structure of the skin are defined during embryonic development through interactions between the dermal and epidermal tissues. A...

Author(s)
Headon, D.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Feather pecking in laying hens: why they do it, and welfare implications.

Severe feather pecking in laying hens is a significant welfare problem, causing pain, increased susceptibility to infection and an increased risk of premature death. Severe feather pecking is strongly related to absent, inadequate or insufficient foraging opportunities or to dietary deficiencies....

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Genetic solutions to reduce injurious pecking in laying hens.

Survival of commercial laying hens is an important trait. Feather pecking has a large effect on the survival of birds. To improve survival it is important to use quantitative genetic methods that take into account both the direct genetic effect (victim effect) and the indirect genetic effect (actor ...

Author(s)
Ellen, E. D.; Bijma, P.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for The poultry integument in health and disease.

The importance of the integumentary system in commercial poultry encompasses all its functions that are essential to maintaining the health of the bird. Much can be learned about the health condition of the birds in a flock by observation of presence, or absence, and distribution of feathers on the ...

Author(s)
McMullin, P. F.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Genetics of feather pigmentation and chicken plumage colouration.

The chicken's plumage is defined by the structure and colour of its feathers. Plumage colour is a feature used in modern poultry breeding to distinguish between breeds, strains and pure lines. It is therefore important in strain security. Sex-linked genes affecting plumage colour and patterns and...

Author(s)
Olori, V. E.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Business opportunities with the integument.

The integument is an important organ system protecting the bird by acting as a barrier between the external environment and internal body systems, providing thermal insulation and for regulation of water loss. Arguably, as a result, the major business opportunity with the integument is to maintain...

Author(s)
Lister, S.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Evidence-based management of injurious pecking.

Injurious pecking in laying hen flocks comprises feather pecking and tissue pecking, the latter often referred to as cannibalism. Although some gentle feather pecking belongs to the natural repertoire of laying hens, the more vigorous form, severe feather pecking, is considered an abnormal...

Author(s)
Niekerk, T. van
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Contact dermatitis in domestic poultry.

Contact dermatitis is a common finding in commercial poultry kept for meat production that has both economic and welfare implications. The disease commonly affects the epidermis of the foot pad, hock joint and skin covering the breast muscles that are in contact with the litter or other floor...

Author(s)
Hocking, P. M.; Veldkamp, T.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Genetic and breeding aspects of feather coverage and their effects on performance in broilers.

Tremendous genetic progress has been achieved in broiler growth rate and meat yield since the 1950s, but it is not fully expressed under hot conditions. Greater growth rate of broilers is driven by greater rates of feed intake and metabolism and elevated production of internal heat. Hot conditions...

Author(s)
Cahaner, A.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper

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