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Improve broiler carcass
quality by minimizing flapping
Wing flapping during harvesting, transport and at the processing
plant can lead to downgrades and losses. Its control, however,
can be relatively simple and maximize yields.
EDUARDO CERVANTES LÓPEZ

Management practices that
How to reduce noise, stress during
minimize wing flapping from
broiler harvesting
capture to processing can maxiwww.WATTAgNet.com/articles/26594
mize quality and output at the
processing plant.
Wing flapping is a broiler's natural
capture team, but workers can keep this disrupreaction to the stresses that come with harvesttion to a minimum by moving slowly and allowing, caging, transport and the initial stages of
ing the flock to adapt to their presence.
processing. But flapping can put enormous presA failure to do so will lead to birds grouping
sure on the bones in a bird's thorax, leading to
together and climbing on top of each other. Stress
breakages and hemorrhaging.
levels and flapping will increase the risk of damThis fight-or-flight reaction can harm the bird
age to the wings, and the likelihood of scratches
and those around it. There are, however, several
to birds' backs and thighs increases.
stages from capture to processing where applying
Any harm that birds sustain during capture
good practices can reduce losses.
will impact carcass quality at processing and may
lead to downgrades.

Broiler harvesting
The peaceful atmosphere of the broiler shed
will, inevitably, be disrupted by the arrival of the

Capture
It should always be remembered that there
is a right and a wrong way to handle broilers.
Capturing birds by one leg will lead to wing flapping as birds try to escape, and flapping will also
occur if birds are captured by the body but the
wings remain outside of the workers' hands.
The correct way to capture birds is by the
body, but with the wings held firmly to it.

Crating
Capturing birds by the legs will allow them to
flap in an attempt to escape. Eduardo Cervantes Lopez

As long as transport crates or cages are of
good quality and in a good state of repair, it
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Poultry International - December 2017

Poultry International - December 2017
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
African chicken production future bright but challenging
100TH YEAR SERIES: Will no-antibiotics-ever poultry improve human health?
How the world’s top chicken producers are investing
5 poultry programs you don’t want to miss at 2018 IPPE
CO2-neutral egg farm opens in the Netherlands
3 tools to control reactivated Salmonella in poultry feed
How broiler super pre-starter diets impact bird growth
Improve broiler carcass quality by minimizing fl apping
Products
Marketplace
Ad Index
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Poultry International - December 2017 - Cover2
Poultry International - December 2017 - Contents
Poultry International - December 2017 - Editor’s Comment
Poultry International - December 2017 - 3
Poultry International - December 2017 - News
Poultry International - December 2017 - 5
Poultry International - December 2017 - African chicken production future bright but challenging
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Poultry International - December 2017 - 100TH YEAR SERIES: Will no-antibiotics-ever poultry improve human health?
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Poultry International - December 2017 - How the world’s top chicken producers are investing
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Poultry International - December 2017 - 5 poultry programs you don’t want to miss at 2018 IPPE
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Poultry International - December 2017 - CO2-neutral egg farm opens in the Netherlands
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Poultry International - December 2017 - 3 tools to control reactivated Salmonella in poultry feed
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Poultry International - December 2017 - How broiler super pre-starter diets impact bird growth
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