Adaptation of chickens to their handler, and experimental results.

Chickens were adapted to their handler before the experiment. Adapted birds produced more antibody, had more blood protein, gained more weight, and were more resistant to Mycoplasma gallisepticum than unadapted birds. The antibody response to sheep red blood cells was not reduced for fasting for 48 hours in adapted birds but was in unadapted birds… CONTINUE READING