The effects of long (C20/22) and short (C18) chain omega-3 fatty acids on keel bone fractures, bone biomechanics, behavior, and egg production in free-range laying hens.

@article{Toscano2015TheEO,
  title={The effects of long (C20/22) and short (C18) chain omega-3 fatty acids on keel bone fractures, bone biomechanics, behavior, and egg production in free-range laying hens.},
  author={Michael J. Toscano and Francesca Booth and Lindsay J. Wilkins and Christopher Avery and Silas B. Brown and Gemma J Richards and John Tarlton},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2015},
  volume={94 5},
  pages={
          823-35
        }
}
Keel fractures in the laying hen are the most critical animal welfare issue facing the egg production industry, particularly with the increased use of extensive systems in response to the 2012 EU directive banning conventional battery cages. The current study is aimed at assessing the effects of 2 omega-3 (n3) enhanced diets on bone health, production endpoints, and behavior in free-range laying hens. Data was collected from 2 experiments over 2 laying cycles, each of which compared a (n3… CONTINUE READING

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