Vitamin K and broiler bone development

The University of Queensland

  • Project code: PRJ-006653

  • Project stage: Closed

  • Project start date: Thursday, September 1, 2011

  • Project completion date: Friday, September 20, 2013

  • National Priority: CME-Priority 4-Ensuring food safety of Australian chicken meat


Skeletal abnormalities, typified by leg weakness, have been a long standing problem for the broiler industry and this project will examine the role of vitamin K on bone development of the chick, including the influence of the hen’s vitamin K status.


Chicken Meat

Research Organisation

The University of Queensland

Objective Summary

Research nutrition issues linked to improved animal welfare outcomes. The objective of this project is to examine leg weakness in broilers in particular; (1) Re-examine the vitamin K requirements of broilers using growth, bone development and osteoclcin as parameters, (2) Examine the influence of hen vitamin K status on chick bone development