Poultry farming

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.wikipedia
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Poultry disease

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Poultry producers routinely use nationally approved medications, such as antibiotics, in feed or drinking water, to treat disease or to prevent disease outbreaks.
The eradication of poultry disease is very important to the poultry industry.

Poultry

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.
By the mid-20th century, the poultry meat-producing industry was of greater importance than the egg-laying industry.

Animal welfare

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Animal welfare groups have frequently criticized the poultry industry for engaging in practices which they believe to be inhumane.
This leads to further concerns about premature slaughtering such as chick culling by the laying hen industry, in which males are slaughtered immediately after hatching because they are superfluous; this policy occurs in other farm animal industries such as the production of goat and cattle milk, raising the same concerns.

Poultry feed

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Poultry producers routinely use nationally approved medications, such as antibiotics, in feed or drinking water, to treat disease or to prevent disease outbreaks.
For commercial poultry farming, feed serves as the largest cost of the operation.

Feather pecking

Cannibalism, feather pecking and vent pecking can be common, prompting some farmers to use beak trimming as a preventative measure, although reducing stocking rates would eliminate these problems.
Because of this, they are not used widely in modern poultry production, except for gamekeeping.

Roxarsone

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Poultry feed can also include roxarsone or nitarsone, arsenical antimicrobial drugs that also promote growth.
Roxarsone is an organoarsenic compound that has been used in poultry production as a feed additive to increase weight gain and improve feed efficiency, and as a coccidiostat.

Cannibalism in poultry

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Cannibalism, feather pecking and vent pecking can be common, prompting some farmers to use beak trimming as a preventative measure, although reducing stocking rates would eliminate these problems.
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Nitarsone

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Poultry feed can also include roxarsone or nitarsone, arsenical antimicrobial drugs that also promote growth.
Nitarsone is an organoarsenic compound that is used in poultry production as a feed additive to increase weight gain, improve feed efficiency, and prevent histomoniasis (blackhead disease).

Vent pecking

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Cannibalism, feather pecking and vent pecking can be common, prompting some farmers to use beak trimming as a preventative measure, although reducing stocking rates would eliminate these problems.
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Arsenic

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The drugs have generated controversy because it contains arsenic, which is highly toxic to humans.
Arsenic is used as a feed additive in poultry and swine production, in particular in the U.S. to increase weight gain, improve feed efficiency, and to prevent disease.

Meat industry

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These statements are challenged by the American meat industry lobbyists that antibiotics are used responsibly and judiciously in order to ensure effectiveness.
Poultry industry

Broiler

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Meat chickens, commonly called broilers, are floor-raised on litter such as wood shavings, peanut shells, and rice hulls, indoors in climate-controlled housing.
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Poultry litter

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Dry management particularly refers to dry litter such as sawdust that is removed as needed.
Poultry farming

Chicken

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.

Domestic duck

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.

Domestic turkey

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.

Domestic goose

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.

Food

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Poultry farming is the process of raising domesticated birds such as chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese for the purpose of farming meat or eggs for food.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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In the UK, the national organisation is the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Free range

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One alternative to intensive poultry farming is free-range farming using lower stocking densities.

Forced molting

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In some countries, hens are force moulted to re-invigorate egg-laying.

European Union

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The European Union regulates marketing standards for egg farming which specifies a minimum condition for free-range eggs that "hens have continuous daytime access to open-air runs, except in the case of temporary restrictions imposed by veterinary authorities".

Free-range eggs

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The European Union regulates marketing standards for egg farming which specifies a minimum condition for free-range eggs that "hens have continuous daytime access to open-air runs, except in the case of temporary restrictions imposed by veterinary authorities".

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

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The RSPCA "Welfare standards for laying hens and pullets" indicates that the stocking rate must not exceed 1,000 birds per hectare (10 m 2 per hen) of range available and a minimum area of overhead shade/shelter of 8 m 2 per 1,000 hens must be provided.

Worm

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Suitable land requires adequate drainage to minimise worms and coccidial oocysts, suitable protection from prevailing winds, good ventilation, access and protection from predators.