AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program RD&E Snapshot
As we head into a new research, development and extension (RD&E) period for the Australian chicken meat industry (2022–2027), it is timely to reflect on...
Published: 1 Mar 2003
Author(s): Hughes, R.J.
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This project examined the general hypothesis that feed-related and bird-related factors interact to produce a variable effect on the digestion of energy by individual chickens within the flock with the consequence that flock variability is increased. A total of 12 experiments were conducted during this study. Breath tests were developed as non-invasive indicators of digestive function and gut microbial activity and were used in conjunction with conventional methods for measuring energy digestion in commercial breeds of chickens.