Hatchery and transportation factors associated with early poult mortality in commercial turkey flocks

D. K. Carver, J. Fetrow, T. Gerig, K. K. Krueger, H. J. Barnes

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Scopus citations

Abstract

A prospective ecologic study, using routinely collected data from commercial turkey companies, was done of 312 turkey flocks placed over a 1-yr period. The objective was to identify hatchery- and transportation-associated risk factors for poult mortality in the first 14 d after placement using statistical models. Logistic regression was used to determine the effects of hatchery-and transportation-related factors on odds of mortality for hen and tom flocks separately. Hatchery and transportation-related risk factors for hen flock mortality included truck, truck temperature, and number of poults dead on arrival at the farm. Hatchery and transportation-related risk factors for tom flock mortality included desnooding, truck, truck temperature; shipping time, and weather conditions at placement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1818-1825
Number of pages8
JournalPoultry science
Volume81
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Cuddy Farms, Inc. and the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Keywords

  • Hatchery
  • Mortality
  • Poult
  • Transportation
  • Turkey

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Hatchery and transportation factors associated with early poult mortality in commercial turkey flocks'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this