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Alternative bedding materials for poultry: availability, efficacy and major constraints

Diarra, Siaka S. and Lameta, Sonny and Amosa, Falaniko and Anand, Sanjay (2021) Alternative bedding materials for poultry: availability, efficacy and major constraints. Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 8 . NA. ISSN 2297-1769

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The increasing demand of wood shavings (WS) and sawdust (SD) by other industries and growing concerns of potential chemical contaminants from wood products have amplified research interest in alternative bedding materials for commercial poultry. Several alternative materials: corn cob (CC), straws (ST) and hays (HA), sand (SA), shredded papers (SP), rice hulls (RH), peanut hulls (PH) and Gypsum (CaSO4 .2H2O2) can replace conventional ones in poultry houses, depending on availability, cost and ability to absorb and adsorb moisture and provide the birds enough room to exhibit their natural behaviours. Alternative materials hold brighter future as bedding materials but more studies in their physicochemical properties and litter management practices for optimum poultry welfare are recommended.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: S Agriculture > SF Animal culture
Divisions: School of Agriculture, Geography, Environment, Ocean and Natural Sciences (SAGEONS)
Depositing User: Siaka Diarra
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2021 02:02
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2022 22:38

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