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Naturally occurring compound could address poultry welfare and production issues

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By Claire Marie Coleman

University of Georgia

ATHENS, Ga. — Chicken is one of the most widely eaten proteins in the world. The poultry industry contributes more than $41.8 billion to Georgia’s economy each year. The U.S. alone consumes 8 billion chickens per year and approximately 250 eggs per capita. With the help of modern breeding techniques, there has been a drastic increase in meat yield and egg production to help meet this high demand.

However, as chickens grow larger and produce more eggs, growth-related issues in broilers and laying hens have become more common. Researchers at. . .

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