Effects of population density on the growth, organ weights, and plasma corticosterone of young broiler chicks.

Two trials were conducted with broiler chicks to determine the effects of population density on the growth, feed efficiency, and several physiological parameters associated with stress in birds. Chicks were brooded in batteries at 116, 232, 348, and 697 cm2/chick. Chicks brooded at 348 cm2/chick grew and utilized feed significantly better than those brooded… CONTINUE READING