Chickens - Leghorns What do we look for in Laying Hens LOTS...

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Rachel Golub September 28 th  2006 POULTRY Incubation length:  21 days (average) Eggs being laid   hatching CHICKEN INDUSTRY:  2 Main Parts Development of Meat Birds Laying Industry:  Egg Production Broilers – each one is cross-bred What do we look for in Meat Birds? LOTS of muscle Rapid growth Feed efficiency Cornish Game Hen   small, 4 weeks old 5-6 lbs.   KFC 607 lbs.   Grocery Store 7-8 lbs.   Rotisserie 10 lbs. and over    Capons (castrated male) ** testicles are internal Broilers are not vaccinated, so they are highly  susceptible to disease Brown eggs come from brown egg-laying hens (bigger, 24 weeks)   Rhode Island Red White eggs come from white egg-laying hens (18 weeks of age) 
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Unformatted text preview: Leghorns What do we look for in Laying Hens? LOTS of eggs Feed efficiency Longevity (survivability) Pullet female prior to laying Hen female after laying Molting – rest period Lose feathers Lasts about 6-8 weeks 4-6 birds in each cage Majority of chicken markets: they don’t cram them into a small space o if they do…they’ll die egg-laying based on light * light-sensitive * ** No corners, round edges (chickens will go into a corner and smother each other) Georgia – biggest producer of chickens Why? Good temperature (less $$ to heat than to cool) ** Protein + Calcium are fed to increase growth...
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course AVS 102 taught by Professor Launer during the Fall '06 term at Rhode Island.

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