British Poultry Science (BRIT POULTRY SCI)

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Journal description

British Poultry Science, established in 1960, is a leading international journal for poultry scientists and advisers to the poultry industry throughout the world. Over 60% of the independently refereed papers published originate outside the UK. Most typically they report the results of studies with an experimental and biological framework which either make an original contribution to fundamental science or are of obvious application to the industry. Subjects which are covered include: anatomy, embryology, biochemistry, biophysics, physiology, reproduction and genetics; behaviour, microbiology, endocrinology, nutrition, environmental science, food science, feeding stuffs and feeding, management and housing welfare, breeding, hatching, poultry meat and egg yields and quality. Papers that adopt a modelling approach or describe the scientific background to new equipment or apparatus directly relevant to the industry are also published. The journal also features rapid publication of Short Communications and Summaries of papers presented at the Spring Meeting of the UK Branch of the WPSA.

Current impact factor: 0.94

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.936
2013 Impact Factor 0.782
2012 Impact Factor 1.147
2011 Impact Factor 1.005
2010 Impact Factor 1.033
2009 Impact Factor 1.064
2008 Impact Factor 1.134
2007 Impact Factor 1.071
2006 Impact Factor 1.135
2005 Impact Factor 0.813
2004 Impact Factor 0.677
2003 Impact Factor 0.9
2002 Impact Factor 0.914
2001 Impact Factor 1.139
2000 Impact Factor 0.705
1999 Impact Factor 0.692
1998 Impact Factor 0.73
1997 Impact Factor 0.796
1996 Impact Factor 0.781
1995 Impact Factor 0.663
1994 Impact Factor 0.678
1993 Impact Factor 0.771
1992 Impact Factor 0.71

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.20
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.07
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.30
Website British Poultry Science website
Other titles British poultry science (Online)
ISSN 0007-1668
OCLC 39501266
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: 1. A total of 400 Alectoris chukar partridges were reared in either barn or free-range production systems and slaughtered at 14, 16 or 18 weeks of age in order to determine the effects of production system, age and gender on carcass traits (live weight, carcass weight, carcass yield, carcass part and edible inner organ percentages at slaughtering) and meat quality (L*, a* and b* meat colour and pH).3. Production system had a significant effect on both slaughter traits and meat quality.4. Partridges raised in barn conditions had higher live weights and carcass weights whereas meat quality was better in birds raised in the free-range system.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: 1. Atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli strains from chicken and chicken-derived products were isolated and characterised.2. The strains presented a wide variety of serotypes, some have been reported in other animal species (O2:H40, O5:H40) and in children with diarrhoea (O8:H-). Most of the strains carried intimin β.3. The results indicate that chicken and chicken products are important sources of atypical enteropathogenic E. coli strains that could be associated with human disease and highlights the need to improve hygiene practices in chicken slaughtering and meat handling.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The diet of broiler chickens supplemented with increasing concentrations of copper (Cu) was assessed for the effect of Cu on liver mitochondrial function. 2. A total of 160, one-d-old Cobb500 broilers (Gallus domesticus), were randomly assigned in equal numbers into 4 groups, which differed in the concentration of copper supplements in the diet; 11 mg (control), 110 mg, 220 mg and 330 mg of Cu/kg dry matter. Liver mitochondrial function was recorded at 12, 24, 36, 48 and 60 d of age. 3. Supplementation with 110 mg Cu/kg dry matter enhanced mitochondrial function and activities of complexes I-V, and this was significant at 36 d of age compared witho the other diets (P < 0.05). Supplementation with 220 mg Cu/kg dry matter and 330 mg Cu/kg dry matter, enhanced mitochondrial function and activities of complexes I-V at 12, 24 and 36 d of age, but displayed reduced function (P < 0.05) at 48 and 60 d of age except in complex IV (P > 0.05). Mitochondrial hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production was also increased (P < 0.05), with increase of copper supplementation in the diet. 4. The results indicate that appropriate dietary copper supplements are sufficient for improving mitochondrial function and activities of the respiratory complexes. Higher concentrations of copper, on the other hand, lead to copper toxicity by affecting certain respiratory complexes.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2016 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: 1. A nutrition model is described that may be used to optimise the amino acid nutrition of laying-type pullets prior to the onset of lay. It is not a method of optimising lifetime laying performance.2. The potential growth and composition of the body, feathers, ovary and oviduct are described from hatching to the age at which sexual maturity is attained, from which the daily amino acid and energy requirements for the average individual in the population can be calculated.3. There are two parts to the approach used, the first being a description of the model itself and the second being a description of how the required information was gathered. A number of assumptions made in developing the model are discussed.4. The rates of maturing of the body, feather-free body and body protein of the DeKalb pullets used were shown to be constant at 0.017/d and those of feathers at 0.02/d. These are considerably slower than those of the oviduct and ovary (0.139 and 0.084/d respectively). The ovary attained a higher mature weight (78.4 vs. 58.7 g) than the oviduct.5. The age at which the growth of the reproductive organs is initiated in the model is defined by the user. The daily amount of threonine required to meet the requirements for maintenance and potential growth of the developing tissues and organs is calculated for each day of the growing period from hatching to the age at which the first egg is laid. A method of calculating the required daily concentration of threonine in the feed is described, from which a feeding programme may be derived.6. For the model to produce an optimum economic feeding programme for a population of laying-type pullets more information than is available from this study is required. These issues are discussed in the paper.
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    ABSTRACT: 1. Two experiments were conducted to test the hypothesis that when using similar protein/amino acid diets and environment temperature conditions, the performance and carbon turnover in muscle and liver tissues, as measured by the incorporation of stable isotopes ((13)C/(12)C), must be different between fast-growing Cobb 500® and slow-growing Label Rouge broilers. 2. For both experiments (Cobb and Label Rouge), 21-d-old birds were distributed in a completely randomised, 3 x 3 factorial design; three environmental temperatures (cyclic heat stress ad libitum, 22°C ad libitum, and 22°C restricted) and three crude protein concentrations (189.1, 210 and 220 g/kg CP) were used. 3. The Cobb 500® had better performance with higher concentrations of crude protein. Cyclic heat stress (a temperature factor), negatively affected this genetic strain's performance. For the Label Rouge birds, the crude protein concentrations in the diet presented inconsistent results and cyclic heat stress did not affect the performance. 4. The carbon turnover rate was affected in the Cobb 500® strain, with a high protein content reducing carbon turnover in the evaluated tissues (liver and muscles). Feed intake had a greater impact on carbon turnover rates than cyclic heat stress. The Label Rouge birds were not affected by the evaluated factors, suggesting that genetic improvement has a leading role on tissue carbon turnover. 5. There is a genetic influence on carbon turnover in the liver and muscle tissues of broiler chickens. In addition, genetically fast-growing broilers are more susceptible to variations in diet composition and environmental temperature than less rapidly growing animals.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of microbial aerosols on ducks' welfare and provide information on which to establish microbial aerosol concentration standards for poultry. 2. A total of 1800 1-d-old Cherry Valley ducks were randomly divided into 5 groups (A, B, C, D and E) with 360 ducks in each. To obtain objective data, each group had three replications. Different microbial aerosol concentrations in different groups were created by controlling ventilation and bedding cleaning frequency. Group A was the control group and hygienic conditions deteriorated progressively from group B to E. 3. A 6-stage Andersen impactor was used to detect the aerosol concentration of aerobes, fungi, gram-negative bacteria and an AGI-30 microbial air sampler detected endotoxins. Physiological stress was evaluated in the ducks by adrenocortiotropic hormone (ACTH) values in serum. 4. To assess the effects of bioaerosol factors, welfare indicators including fluctuating asymmetry (FA), appearance and gait as well as the Lactobacillus caecal concentration were evaluated. 5. The data showed group D had already reached the highest limit of concentration of airborne aerobic bacteria, airborne fungi, airborne gram-negative bacteria and airborne endotoxin. The ducks in this group had significantly increased serum ACTH values and significantly decreased caecal lactobacilli concentration. Furthermore, appearance and gait scores, wing fractional anisotropy (FA), overall FA value and caecal Lactobacillus concentration in this group were significantly increased at 6 and 8 weeks of age. 6. In conclusion, high concentrations of microbial aerosol adversely affected the welfare of meat ducks. The microbial aerosol values in group D suggest a preliminary upper limit concentration of bioaerosols in ambient air for healthy meat ducks.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the advantages of using a good theory as the basis for designing and conducting research, using personal experience of developing a simulation model to predict food intake in laying hens and broiler breeders. 2. To develop such a model, research projects were designed to measure, among others, the effect of lighting programmes on age at sexual maturity, changes in internal cycle length, egg and body component weights over time, effects of temperature on performance, and to determine whether these birds would make use of body lipid reserves as an energy source. 3. Most of the experiments described here were conceived and conducted only because they were seen as a means of collecting information required for the development of empirical and mechanistic models, both of which have contributed to a better understanding of the birds themselves, as well as to the basis for predicting food intake in broiler breeders and laying hens. 4. For those researchers seeking ideas for further study there is no better way of generating such ideas than by first developing a theory of the subject to be studied, the greatest benefit from this approach being that such targeted research is bound to be new, innovative and useful.
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    ABSTRACT: 1. The aim of the present study was the comparison of different models to estimate variance components for egg weight (EW) in laying hens. 2. The data set included 67 542 EW records of 18 245 Mazandaran hens at 24, 28, 30, 32 and 84 weeks of age, during 19 consecutive generations. Variance components were estimated using multi-trait, repeatability, fixed regression and random regression models (MTM, RM, FRM and RRM, respectively) by AI-REML. The models were compared based on Akaike's and Bayesian Information Criteria. 3. The MTM was the best model followed by the Legendre RRMs. A RRM with 2(nd) degree of fit for fixed regression and 3(rd) and 2(nd) degrees of fit for random regressions of direct additive genetic and permanent environmental effects respectively, was the best RRM. The FRM and RM were not proper models to fit the data. However, nesting curves within contemporary groups improved the fit of FRM. 4. Heritability estimates for EW by MTM (0.06 - 0.41) were close to the estimates obtained by the best RRM (0.09 - 0.45). In both MTM and RRM, positive genetic correlations were estimated for EW records at different ages, with higher correlations for adjacent records. It seems that MTM is the best model for EW data, at least when the records are taken at relatively few age points. Though selection based on EW at higher ages might be more precise, 30 or 32 weeks of age could be considered as the most appropriate time points for selection on EW to maximise genetic improvement per time unit.
    No preview · Article · Jan 2015 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. The objective of this study was to estimate growth parameters of carcass components (wing, thighs and drumsticks, back and breast) and organs (heart, liver, gizzard and gut) in males and females of one meat-type quail strain (Coturnix coturnix sp) and two laying strains (Coturnix coturnix japonica) designated either yellow or red. 2. A total of 1350 quail from 1 to 42 d old were distributed in a completely randomised design, with 5 replicates of each strain. The carcass component weights and body organs were analysed weekly and evaluated using the Gompertz function; growth rates were evaluated through derivative equations. 3. The meat-type strain presented the highest growth rates in carcass components and organs. Across strains, females showed the highest weight of internal organs at maturity compared to males. 4. Females had greater growth potential in breast, wings and back than males for both yellow and red laying quail.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · British Poultry Science
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract 1. Bacteriophages (BP) have gained increasing attention as a treatment of bacterial infection for animals. However, the data pertaining to dietary application of BP for laying hens have been limited. 2. This study aimed to investigate the effect of dietary BP on laying performance, egg quality, and caecal bacterial populations in laying hens. 3. The dietary BP used in this experiment was a mixture of individual BP targeting Salmonella Gallinarum, Salmonella Pullorum, Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Enteritidis, Salmonella Derby, and Staphylococcus aureus. 4. A total of 360 Hy-Line Brown laying hens of 32 weeks of age were allotted to 1 of 3 dietary treatments with 6 replicates in a completely randomised design. The basal diet was prepared, and 0.4 or 0.8 g/kg BP mixture was supplemented to the basal diet. Diets were fed to hens for 8 weeks. 5. Laying performance and egg quality were not affected by dietary treatments. As inclusion levels of BP mixture in diets were increased, the DNA copy numbers for Salmonella spp. in the caecal contents decreased linearly, whereas the DNA copy numbers for Escherichia coli in the caecal contents increased linearly. 6. Results indicate that dietary supplementation of BP mixture decreases the target Salmonella spp. populations but increases Escherichia coli populations in the gastrointestinal tract of laying hens with little impact on laying performance and egg quality.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2014 · British Poultry Science