Our students meet the Broilers

Here at the Royal Veterinary College, we have recruited two excellent bioveterinary science students to help us investigate two pieces of the puzzle on how broiler chicken growth influences their ability to walk effectively. This is a big welfare issue, as broilers tend to become less active as they get older, likely aggravating any other problems they may have. As such, we want to help them to...
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New research on bird breathing from University of Manchester team

A study providing an interesting viewpoint on bird breathing has recently been published by the broiler research team at the University of Manchester. The influence of resting posture on how much energy is consumed by birds was investigated in barnacle geese (Branta leucopsis).  The amount of energy expended at rest, or resting metabolic rate (RMR), was calculated from the amount of carbon...
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Year 1 at the University of Manchester, 2011-2012

The first experiments have been ongoing at the University of Manchester, building the foundations for the exciting next phase of research. In addition to determining the anatomical changes that occur in breathing and leg muscles during growth, broiler chickens have been raised and studied in the lab. We have been working towards a basic understanding of how much energy these birds consume when...
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Project year 1 in review (2011-2012): Data collection at the RVC

For our chicken gait experiments at the RVC, we combine putting approximately 40 reflective “joint” markers on the legs of each bird, and use a complex system of high-speed cameras and small forceplates (about the size of an A5 piece of paper) to record the three-dimensional movements of the chickens.  Not only do the chickens walk quite normally (the markers do not hurt or...
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