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Caroline Lindholm

Individual differences in welfare within broiler breeder flocks

Broiler chickens have been heavily selected for efficient meat production and are well known for their voracious appetites and rapid growth. However, this rapid growth comes with an increased risk of health problems, which presents problems especially for the parental generation: the broiler breeders. To slow their growth and alleviate cardiovascular, skeletal and fertility-related health problems these breeders live part of their lives under heavy feed-restriction regimes.

While feed-restriction keeps the birds physically healthier, it is bound to leave them feeling very hungry. My research project is about these hungry young breeders and their welfare. The initial questions of my research are about the differences in welfare status within a flock, and whether the feeding regime can be altered to keep the chicks growing slowly while experiencing less hunger.

Picture: A pair of day-old broiler breeder chicks getting acquainted with the water nipple.

Publications

Name: Caroline Lindholm
Position:
 PhD student in physiology
Department: IFM
Unit: 
Biology

Contact

Phone: +46 13 28 23 21

E-mail: caroline.lindholm@liu.se

Address:
Linköping University
IFM
SE-581 83 Linköping
Sweden

Visiting address:
B building
2E:637
Campus Valla

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Last updated: 10/28/16