Feeding behaviour of broiler chickens: a review on the biomechanical characteristics

Neves, D. P. and Banhazi, T. M. and Naas, I. A. (2014) Feeding behaviour of broiler chickens: a review on the biomechanical characteristics. Revista Brasileira de Ciencia Avicola, 16 (2). pp. 1-16. ISSN 1516-635X

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Feed related costs are the main drivers of profitability of commercial poultry farms, and good nutrition is mainly responsible for the exceptional growth rate responses of current poultry species. So far, most research on the poultry feeding behaviour addresses the productivity indices and birds' physiological responses, but few studies have considered the biomechanical characteristics involved in this process. This paper aims to review biomechanical issues related to feed behaviour of domestic chickens to address some issues related to the feed used in commercial broiler chicken production, considering feed particle size, physical form and the impact of feeders during feeding. It is believed that the biomechanical evaluation might suggest a new way for feed processing to meet the natural feeding behaviour of the birds.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: All the contents of this journal, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. It may be reproduced in whole or in part for the purposes of study, research, or review, but is subject to the inclusion of an acknowledgment of the source. English title: Brazilian Journal of Poultry Science
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Agricultural, Computational and Environmental Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2014 23:15
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2017 01:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: feeding behaviour; feedstuff; jaw apparatus; motion
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0606 Physiology > 060603 Animal Physiology - Systems
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070204 Animal Nutrition
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0707 Veterinary Sciences > 070702 Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 83 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 8303 Livestock Raising > 830309 Poultry
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1590/1516-635x16021-16
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/25800

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