Study finds spin feeding poultry bests skip-a-day method

Study finds spin feeding poultry bests skip-a-day method

An example of a spin feeding system for poultry. (Courtesy Collinson)

Research into alternative feeding programs finds poultry thrive on spin feeding

The study, which was funded by the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association, compared conventional, skip-a-day diets with 21-week photostimulation rearing treatment to birds raised on daily spin feeding and treated at 15 weeks. Andrew Benson, an assistant professor of poultry science at the University of Georgia and the author of the paper, said he initially hoped spin feeding and early photostimulation would prove to be viable alternatives to restricted skip-a-day feeding regimes, which have become subject to public scrutiny and animal welfare regulations.