Two New Chicken Papers From Our Research!

We have just published two linked papers (previously posted here as preprints) on broiler chicken anatomy and physiology/biomechanics, with a focus on changes across ontogeny (development), which can be downloaded from the FREE, open access online journal PeerJ We welcome your input on those papers here or in the site’s comments section. Abstracts etc. below: Paper 1: Anatomical and...
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Our International Symposium on Chicken Biology!

“Towards the Chicken of the Future” A Symposium on Chicken Biology DEADLINE TO REGISTER: CLOSED This conference, to be hosted at the Royal Veterinary College’s Hawkshead Campus on April 23-24, 2014, will highlight the biology of domestic chickens, in particular commercial broiler and layer breeds. The top international researchers in this broad field will feature in the symposium...
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Joint Range of Motion in Broilers

Joint range of motion refers to the amount a particular joint can move in a given direction.  These directions include flexion/ extension (decreasing and increasing the angle between two bones – just like bending and then straightening the knee) and abduction/ adduction where the leg, for example, moves away and then towards the mid-line of the body. When looking at joint diseases, pain,...
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Baby chicks flap their way to the top

We happened to have some very young broiler chickens in the Structure & Motion Lab at the RVC lately, during filming for a new BBC documentary on bird evolution and flight. New RVC postdoctoral research fellow Dr. Ashley Heers (formerly of the Flight Lab at the University of Montana) was there to put them through their motions in using unusual locomotor behaviours such as wing-assisted...
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Hot and cold chickens

At the University of Manchester we are using our new infrared thermal imaging camera to keep track of how broiler chickens lose body heat. In addition to our ongoing research into the metabolic rate of broilers (see previous posts!), energy balance can be better understood by measuring how much heat is lost by the birds to the environment. We are able to track changes in heat loss as the birds...
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Broiler update! April 2013

As the broiler chicken research project progresses at the Royal Veterinary College and University of Manchester, the first publications are nearing!  We are  producing a detailed record of how broiler chicken anatomy changes over their short but rapid period of development (from hatch to adult takes just 6 weeks!). There are lots of interesting findings to report, from how the limbs develop to...
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