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News Journal: UD researchers test shore plant for chicken bedding

News Journal: UD researchers test shore plant for chicken bedding

In a small lab west of Georgetown, poultry extension agent William R. Brown III and Dr. Daniel Bautista, Lasher Lab director and diagnostician, are managing four, mini poultry plots – each a microcosm of a much larger chicken house.

The 200 birds here – 50 in each of the trial plots – have the same genetic makeup, brothers and sisters all. The humidity and temperature, the food and watering regime are identical. The only difference is that each plot has a different kind of poultry bedding – the soft, fluffy material that goes on the floor of chicken houses to absorb waste, spilled water and feed.