Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production

  • Donald D. Bell
  • William D. WeaverJr.

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. General

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 31-40
    3. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 41-58
    4. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 59-69
    5. A. Bruce Webster
      Pages 71-86
    6. A. Bruce Webster
      Pages 87-99
    7. William D. Weaver Jr.
      Pages 101-111
    8. William D. Weaver Jr.
      Pages 113-128
    9. Michael J. Wineland
      Pages 129-148
    10. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 149-167
    11. Douglas R. Kuney
      Pages 169-184
  3. Feeds and Nutrition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Paul W. Aho
      Pages 187-198
    3. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 199-213
    4. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 243-266
    5. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 267-285
    6. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 287-328
    7. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 329-369
    8. Craig N. Coon
      Pages 371-393
    9. Gene M. Pesti
      Pages 395-409
    10. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 411-430
  4. Poultry Health

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 431-431
    2. Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 433-442
    3. Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 443-449
    4. Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 451-461
    5. Carol J. Cardona, Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 463-472
    6. Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 473-542
    7. Carol J. Cardona, Douglas R. Kuney
      Pages 543-556
    8. Douglas R. Kuney, Joan S. Jeffrey
      Pages 557-564
    9. Carol J. Cardona, Gregg J. Cutler
      Pages 565-581
  5. Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 583-583
    2. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 585-593
    3. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 595-609
    4. Gene M. Pesti
      Pages 611-620
  6. The Breeder and Hatchery Industries

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 621-621
    2. Ronald Meijerhof
      Pages 623-650
    3. Joseph M. Mauldin
      Pages 651-659
    4. Joseph M. Mauldin
      Pages 661-683
    5. Joseph M. Mauldin, Thad Morrison III
      Pages 685-705
    6. Joseph M. Mauldin
      Pages 707-725
    7. Joseph M. Mauldin
      Pages 727-773
    8. Joseph M. Mauldin
      Pages 775-798
  7. The Broiler Industry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 799-799
    2. Donald D. Bell
      Pages 819-827
    3. Michael P. Lacy
      Pages 829-868

About this book


Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production is the 5th edition of a highly successful book first authored by Dr. Mack O. North in 1972, updated in 1978 and 1984. The 4th edition was co-authored with Donald D. Bell in 1990. The book has achieved international success as a reference for students and commercial poultry and egg producers in every major poultry producing country in the world.
The 5th edition is essential reading for students preparing to enter the poultry industry, for owners and managers of existing poultry companies and for scientists who need a major source of scientifically based material on poultry management.
In earlier editions, the authors emphasized the chicken and its management. The 5th edition, with the emphasis shifted to the commercial business of managing poultry, contains over 75% new material. The contributions of 14 new authors make this new edition the most comprehensive such book available. Since extensive references are made to the international aspects of poultry management, all data are presented in both the Imperial and Metric form.
Over 300 tables and 250 photos and figures support 62 chapters of text. New areas include processing of poultry and eggs with thorough discussions of food safety and further processing. The business of maintaining poultry is discussed in chapters on economics, model production firms, the use of computers, and record keeping. Updated topics include: breeders and hatchery operations; broiler and layer flock management; replacement programs and management of replacements; nutrition; and flock health. New chapters address flock behavior, ventilation, waste management, egg quality and egg breakage.
Other new features include a list of more than 400 references and a Master List of the tables, figures, manufacturers of equipment and supplies, research institutions, books and periodicals, breeders, and trade associations.
Commercial growers will find the tables of data of particular interest; scientists will be able to utilize the extensive references and to relate their areas of interest to the commercial industry's applications; and students will find that the division of the book into 11 distinct sections, with multiple chapters in each, will make the text especially useful.


Broiler Vitamin anatomy behavior food safety genetics microbiology microorganism

Editors and affiliations

  • Donald D. Bell
    • 1
  • William D. WeaverJr.
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3.Department of Poultry SciencePennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA

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