Since the third edition was published in 1992 there have been many more developments in the poultry industry, which have made a new edition necessary. These include new systems which are environmentally and welfare 'friendly'; much more emphasis on hygiene and vaccines in disease control and the role of molecular biology and cloning; further advances in management with special reference to feeding, drinking, lighting and egg collection; advances in genetics; developments in housing; nutritional advances; and increasingly restrictive legislation concerning the safety to the public of poultry products (particularly zoonotic diseases and drug residues) and welfare.
Table of contents
Preface to First Edition; Preface to Fourth Edition; Acknowledgements; Poultry - their health and management - introduction; Health, disease and intensification; Poultry nutrition; Practical poultry feeding; The environmental requirements of poultry; The poultry house construction & insulation; Ventilation; Hygiene on the poultry farm; Systems of management; Breeding and hatching; The health of poultry; Turkeys; Ducks; Geese; Quail; The management of poultry in hot climates; Poultry welfare and alternative systems; Organic poultry production; Further reading; Index.
* Still the only text which presents the practical aspects of poultry science and its recent advances concisely, conveniently and readably
* International readership. Poultry husbandry is highly international, with similar management procedures in use throughout the world
* Author's reputation throughout the poultry industry in the UK and overseas as a writer, lecturer and adviser
* Fully updated to reflect changes and trends in the industry
* Dr Sainsbury's lucid and attractive style of writing, and the success of his previous books
* Includes ducks, geese, turkeys and quail