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Effects of lairage time on body temperature and glycogen reserves of broiler chickens held in transport modules.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10499854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Commercial broiler chickens killed in two processing plants, one in the south of England, the other in Scotland, in two seasons (winter and summer) and on two occasions in each season, were used to investigate the effects of killing the birds immediately on arrival or holding them in lairage for one, two, three or four hours. The two most important consequences of holding the birds in lairage were that their body temperature increased and their liver glycogen was depleted. The body temperature increased with the time they were held in lairage, although most of the increase occurred in the first hour and the increase was greater in summer when ambient temperatures were higher. Liver glycogen depletion became apparent after about one to two hours in lairage. No evidence was obtained that the birds were significantly dehydrated or physically stressed by being kept longer in lairage.
P D Warriss; T G Knowles; S N Brown; J E Edwards; P J Kettlewell; M A Mitchell; C A Baxter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary record     Volume:  145     ISSN:  0042-4900     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Rec.     Publication Date:  1999 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-18     Completed Date:  1999-11-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0031164     Medline TA:  Vet Rec     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  218-22     Citation Subset:  IM    
School of Veterinary Science, University of Bristol, Langford.
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MeSH Terms
Animal Welfare
Body Temperature*
Body Weight
Chickens / metabolism*
Glycogen / analysis,  metabolism
Housing, Animal / standards
Hydrogen-Ion Concentration
Liver Glycogen / analysis*,  metabolism
Meat-Packing Industry / standards*
Muscle, Skeletal / chemistry
Poultry Products / standards*
Time Factors
Transportation* / methods
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Liver Glycogen; 9005-79-2/Glycogen

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