Health & Welfare

The health and welfare of the flock is the main concern of any egg producer. When the birds you care for develop in a healthy environment, they can reach their full genetic potential. In order to prevent diseases from being transferred between chicks, it is important to strictly follow vaccination and detection practices.

To ensure that your animals are treated with care and respect, we recommend that egg producers have a clear animal welfare policy, and that all employees are trained in the proper care of the birds under their care.

Explore the articles below to learn about how to help egg producers stay current on how to manage health and wellness issues at their facilities.

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Salmonellosis belongs to the most important foodborne zoonoses throughout the world. According to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), each year over 90,000 salmonellosis cases are reported in the European Union. While for the United States, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimates that about 1.2 million illnesses and 450 deaths occur every year. Read more

Good feathering is important for a bird’s health and welfare, productivity, and feed conversion. Read more

A new genetic link to the immune system in laying hens has been discovered that could result in laying hens being born resistant to many diseases. Read more

This study provides more insight into how different variables affect the overall health of future generations of laying hens. Read more

In order to give your flock the best start possible, brooding conditions for newly placed chicks is very important. Read more

Extended laying cycles has become a reality worldwide and an unstoppable trend. Selective breeding for persistency has certainly played a major role in achieving increased performances, but besides genetics, we should not forget the other key factors for success in egg production, like improved management practices, better suited nutrition, high biosecurity standards and adapted “tailor made” vaccination programs. Read more

Several years have passed since the 2012 EU ban on conventional cages. With the latest announcements from many major US food companies and retailers that they will only source cage free eggs, the interest in alternative housing systems is high. While the industry enters this time of transition, it is clear that all members of the value chain will need to overcome a number of issues. One of the biggest layer health and welfare issues for the industry within the alternative housing system will be the emergence of keel bone fractures. Read more

There are a number of important factors to consider when setting up your hatchery with the right processes and systems. The hatchery floorplan must be set up correctly for biosecurity and hygiene standards as well as proper egg storage. During the incubation stage, the chick embryo requires the proper temperature, humidity levels, fresh air through ventilation, and positioning in order to develop and hatch successfully. Because the incubators are so important to the resulting chick quality and hatchability, be sure to keep up to date in proper maintenance of the machinery. Read more