Nutritional changes to improve broiler breeder feathering

Nutritional changes to improve broiler breeder feathering

Increased protein, amino acids and other micro ingredients yield positive results

Feathering of broilers, broiler breeders and leghorn hens has been a topic of commercial interest for decades. In the past few years, broiler breeder feathering has become an issue in mid-production with poor feathering appearing by 45 weeks of age — 8 to 10 weeks ahead of when some feather damage was traditionally noticed. Prior to that, feathers appear dry and brittle, with noticeable breakage. Feathering problems may be related to poor feather quality, feather pecking or a combination of the two factors.