Animal and Veterinary Sciences

Special Issue

Poultry Welfare: Housing Systems and Feeding

  • Submission Deadline: Jul. 30, 2015
  • Status: Submission Closed
  • Lead Guest Editor: Talha Abbas
About This Special Issue
Poultry welfare acquired a lot of attention in the last years especially in Europe. That appears in the activities of Animal Welfare organisations in addition to the governments of European Union which include researches and performing legislations and standards for keeping poultry. In general, animal welfare known as chances to perform natural behavior, free of disease, pain and distress and producing well. That means keeping of poultry in an optimal conditions where there are no signs of stress or illness according to the environment. The Farm Animal Welfare Committee (FAWC) established five freedoms to achieve good welfare. 1- Freedom from hunger and thirst, by providing accessible fresh water and diet i.e. (Feeding Programme). 2- Freedom from discomfort, by supplying suitable environment (Housing systems and management). 3- Freedom from pain, injury and disease by prevention or prompt diagnosis and treatment (Diseases control and prevention). 4- Freedom to express normal behavior by offering plenty space and convenient facilities (Free range system). 5- Freedom from fear and distress, by providing proper conditions and treatment to prevent mental suffering (Management). Therefore to achieve welfare standards these five freedoms should be supplied. As observed to supply these five freedoms feeding programme, housing systems, diseases control and prevention and management should be provided properly. Furthermore, free range system and organic production are got a lot of attention and mentioned in relation with poultry welfare.

Poultry welfare concern in developed countries is progressing when considering establishment of welfare standards and regulations, mainly due to scientific development in addition to governments and Organizations activities. But in developing countries this concern faces some difficulties to progress. Therefore the objective of this issue is to give more strength and direction to the poultry welfare regarding housing systems with concentrate on free range system advantages and disadvantages and how it can be modified to achieve welfare standards and be economic. Organic production cannot be neglected because its relation to the free range system especially in developed countries, and how we can distribute its practise and make it more preferable by consumer and economic for producers. The objective is also, to give more directions to difficulties that facing poultry welfare concern in developing countries and how to manipulate and treat these difficulties. We seek to have contributions in the following fields:

a) Progress of animal welfare concern in the world
b) Improvement of free range system for poultry
c) Distribution of organic production concern
d) Find solutions for poultry welfare issues in developing countries
Lead Guest Editor
  • Talha Abbas

    Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agricultural Technology and Fish Science, University of Alneelain, Khartoum, Sudan

Guest Editors
  • Sudhir Rai

    Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Index institute of dental sciences, Bethesda, United States

  • Laura Dixon

    Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), United Kingdom

  • Maurilio Lara-Flores

    EPOMEX Institute, Campeche University, Mexico

  • Mutaz Saeed

    Department of Poultry Production, University of Gezira, Medani, Sudan

  • Mohamed Ahmed

    Department of Animal Production, Faculty of Agricultural Technology and Fish Science, Alneelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Published Articles
  • Effect of Dietary Yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) Supplementation on Performance, Carcass Characteristics and Some Metabolic Responses of Broilers

    Mohamed E. Ahmed , Talha E. Abbas , Mojahid A. Abdlhag , Dafaalla E. Mukhtar

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 5-1, September 2015
    Pages: 5-10
    Received: May 10, 2015
    Accepted: May 10, 2015
    Published: May 22, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030501.12
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    Abstract: This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of feeding graded levels of yeast on broiler performance, carcass characteristics and some hematological indices. One day old Hubbard broiler chicks (n=160) were randomly allocated to five dietary treatments. Each treatment consisted of 4 replicates of 8 broilers each. The dietary treatments contained... Show More
  • Poultry Meat Quality and Welfare as Affected by Organic Production System

    Talha ELsadig Abbas , Mohamed Elamin Ahmed

    Issue: Volume 3, Issue 5-1, September 2015
    Pages: 1-4
    Received: Jan. 01, 2015
    Accepted: Jan. 08, 2015
    Published: May 22, 2015
    DOI: 10.11648/j.avs.s.2015030501.11
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    Abstract: Most of consumers preferring organic food accompanied emerge of environmental awareness in the last decades. Organic production system is considered as an important solution for the environment problems because it improves sustainable agriculture by using organic compounds and avoiding synthetic chemical ones, restricting intensive production and m... Show More