Turkey breeder hen age affects growth and systemic and intestinal inflammatory responses in female poults examined at different ages posthatch.

@article{Schaefer2006TurkeyBH,
  title={Turkey breeder hen age affects growth and systemic and intestinal inflammatory responses in female poults examined at different ages posthatch.},
  author={Clayton Schaefer and Carolyn Corsiglia and Alfonso Mireles and Elizabeth A. Koutsos},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2006},
  volume={85 10},
  pages={1755-63}
}
This trial examined the effect of 2 turkey breeder hen ages (33 or 55 wk of age) on performance, intestinal histology, and inflammatory immune response of female turkey poults grown to market weight. Using a randomized design, female poults were separated by breeder flock age (n = 8 floor pens/breeder flock age; n = 26 poults/pen; 0.195 m(2)/bird), fed identical commercial diets (9 phases), and grown to market weight (approximately 11.4 kg/ bird). At young ages, poults from the older breeder… CONTINUE READING