A study has found that crossbreeding chickens to produce more fertile crossbred chickens does not produce more chickens with a healthy population.
The study, conducted by the University of Melbourne, looked at a population of chickens at the Melbourne Chicken Farm and found that in the first year of breeding, there was a 10% decrease in the number of healthy chicks.
However, the study did find that in three years, there were more healthy birds at the farm than there were healthy birds in the years before.
Dr Daniel Glynn, a researcher from the University’s Institute of Agriculture and Fisheries and one of the co-authors of the study, said the study was not an “exhaustive study”.
“What we found is that the number and the quality of the chickens was much lower in the initial years of breeding than it is now, and the numbers of healthy and sick chickens have not increased significantly,” Dr Glynn said.
“So in terms of health, that’s a negative for the chicken and it’s a positive for the environment, but the health of the animals and the environment will improve because they will be healthier.”
We’re not saying that this is a good thing, but I think it’s good to take into account the benefits and the risks of doing crossbreeding.
“The study found that although the chickens were healthier than the animals before they were bred, there is no guarantee that they would be better off, and that in some cases, the increased number of chickens might not be as healthy as they would have been had the animals not been bred.”
The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.”
But if we do a cross breeding program, we know that if we take care of the environment the animals will be better.”
The research was published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Dr Glynn and Dr Glenville said there was still more research needed into the health effects of crossbreeding.
Dr Glynce said the results of the research showed that cross breeding could result in a higher rate of disease in the chickens and that cross breeders should avoid cross breeding until the risks are reduced.
“I think it would be a very good idea to look at other factors to reduce the risk of disease, and to consider whether we can reduce the cost of the project,” Dr Dutton said.