Avian Health and Well-Being

Live production research in the department includes that of Avian Health and Well-Being. The incidence, effects, control and treatment of poultry diseases have long been an active research area of the Department of Poultry Science. Given the economic importance of commercial poultry as well as the consolidation of the broiler industry into the southeastern United States, departmental faculty continue to contribute to scientific understanding that serves to protect the industry from infectious diseases whose impact has the potential to  range from limited economic losses to catastrophic demise on a regional level. More recently, research in this area has expanded to address issues related to the well-being of commercial broilers.

Control of Poultry Diseases

Research is ongoing to improve the diagnosis, control and prevention of many of the significant pathogens of poultry that can include parasites, bacteria, mycoplasma, and viruses.  These pathogens, if not controlled, can result in morbidity, mortality, and/or immunosuppression in poultry that can adversely impact the commercial industry.

As examples of current research priorities in this area, our faculty are exploring new protozoal species emerging in commercial poultry, the maintenance of overall gut health in commercial flocks, and the development of improved vaccines and vaccination strategies.


FACULTY

Faculty experts who conduct research in this important area include:

 

Joseph Giambrone, Auburn University Poultry Science Professor
Joseph J. Giambrone
Professor
301E Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2642
Ruediger Hauck
Assistant Professor
302J Poultry Science Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4152
Ken Macklin
Extension Specialist & Professor
260 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4225

FACILITIES

The Department of Poultry Science maintains excellent Biosafety Level-2 facilities to support poultry health research and has additional new facilities under construction.

Alternatives to Antibiotics

With the rise of antibiotic-free poultry production, researchers in the department are also investigating alternatives to traditionally used antibiotics to prevent and treat avian disease, enabling the industry to maintain bird health and decrease mortality while still adhering to regulations and meeting consumer demands.

Within this scope of research, faculty’s research primarily focuses on Natural Antimicrobials, Pre-biotics and Probiotics as potential alternatives to traditional antibiotic-based approaches.


FACULTY

Faculty who conduct research on alternatives to antibiotics include:

Joseph B. Hess
Extension Specialist/ Professor
302C Poultry Science Building
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2611
Ken Macklin
Extension Specialist & Professor
260 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4225

FACILITIES

The department Facilities that provide the needed capabilities include:


PHOTOS

Well-being of Poultry

Poultry health includes not only reducing and preventing disease, but has now expanded to include overall issues of well-being of commercial birds during the production-processing continuum. Research in poultry welfare is now ongoing in the department, including work on current and emerging technology.

At present, the primary research on poultry well-being focuses on Alternative Stunning of Broilers, but also includes additional work on improved broiler environmental stewardship, improved methods of depopulation, improved eco-parasite control, etc.


FACULTY

Faculty conducting current research to improved poultry well-being include:

Wallace D. Berry
Associate Professor
260 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-2607
Dianna Bourassa
Assistant Professor/ Extension Specialist
302A Poultry Science Building
334-844-2610
Ken Macklin
Extension Specialist & Professor
260 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn Univ, AL 36849
334-844-4225

FACILITIES

The department Facilities that provide the needed capabilities include: