Current Research at the Ontario Poultry Research Centre
The following is a list of current projects at the Arkell Poultry Research Centre.
These research summaries are a new initiative started in 2020 committed to increasing awareness of the projects being undertaken at the Research Centres. This is not an exhaustive list, but a snapshot of ongoing projects. Note that some projects may remain unlisted if they are protected intellectual property.
Research Centres are a key part of the research process. While a portion of a project may be completed at a research centre, further analysis can occur after projects have left the facility. The projects listed here are those that are currently underway of have recently completed the research centre portion of the project.
If you have any questions about ongoing research at the research station please email email@example.com.
Update regarding COVID-19
The Alliance is committed to ensuring the health and safety of staff, animals, researchers and the community. We are following guidance set out by the University of Guelph’s Office of Research with respect to biosecurity and research activities during COVID-19. Please keep in mind the status of projects may change as the response to this pandemic evolves.
Current research studies
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|Objective||To determine how poultry digest and absorb nutrients when reared on antibiotic-free feeding programs and how these relate to growth and development.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||This project will provide new information on how antibiotic-free feeding programs affect intestinal development and function in broilers and contribute to the development of effective antibiotic-free starter diets.|
|Objective||To examine the effects of dietary omega-3 fatty acids supplementation on various reproductive outcomes of broiler breeder hens as well as the health and performance of their offspring. This project will also evaluate the nutritive value and metabolic implications of feeding a flaxseed based source of omega-3 fatty acids in broiler breeders.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||
By supplying adequate amounts of dietary omega-3 fatty acids to broiler breeders, these nutrients will be transferred to the yolk and be accessible to the developing embryo, leading to more resilient broiler chicks. This method may provide an alternative approach to establishing a healthy gastrointestinal tract in broiler chicks at hatching as a replacement to the use of antimicrobial growth promoters. Moreover, omega-3 fatty acids will improve broiler breeder reproductive parameters such as fertility and hatchability.
|Benefit to Agri-food||
This study aims to improve poultry farmers' productivity and profitability by working to develop an optimal antibiotic-free diet to enhance nutrient absorption and utilization by broiler chickens.
|Objective||To determine whether wing use or disuse during young hen growth leads to keel bone damage (KBD) in adult laying hens.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||Findings from this study could help reduce the incidence of injury and improve hen health and welfare, as well as help reduce a loss of productivity stemming from KBD.|
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|Benefit to Agri-food||This project will provide insight into the effects of different housing environments on young hen development, which could inform producer selection of rearing housing environments and management practices for young hens.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||This research aims to generate clearer direction for the management of young hen environments and nutrition in non-cage systems to ensure healthy and productive adult laying hens.|
|Benefit to Agri-food||This project will benefit poultry farmers by improving identification and quantification of Eimeria species of coccidiosis in poultry, helping to improve management strategies and disease control on-farm.|