Chapter 41. The Domestic Fowl

  1. Robert Hubrecht and
  2. James Kirkwood
  1. Ian J. H. Duncan

Published Online: 8 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch41

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition

How to Cite

Duncan, I. J. H. (2010) The Domestic Fowl, in The UFAW Handbook on the Care and Management of Laboratory and Other Research Animals, Eighth Edition (eds R. Hubrecht and J. Kirkwood), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318777.ch41

Editor Information

  1. UFAW, The Old School, Brewhouse Hill, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire AL4 8AN, UK

Author Information

  1. The Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 8 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175234

Online ISBN: 9781444318777

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Keywords:

  • domestic fowl, derived from junglefowl;
  • basic social unit of jungle fowl - 4–12 females, accompanied by dominant male and sub-adult offspring;
  • domestic fowl, having a life span of 5–8 years;
  • breeds, strains and genetics;
  • reproductive functioning in domestic fowl - at least partly controlled by day length;
  • laboratories using domestic fowl- buying day-old chicks from commercial hatcheries;
  • average body weights of various types of domestic fowl;
  • small, numbered, metal or plastic wing-tags - giving day-old chicks, a unique, lifetime identification;
  • domestic fowl - breeding easily if kept in floor pens;
  • birds, not easy to anaesthetise - those administering anaesthetics to chickens, being properly trained

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Biological overview

  • Uses in the Laboratory

  • Sources of supply

  • Laboratory management and breeding

  • Laboratory procedures

  • Common welfare problems

  • References