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Record number 425389
Title Head-cloaca controlled current stunning: assessment of brain and heart activity and meat quality
Author(s) Lambooij, E.; Reimert, H.G.M.; Workel, L.D.; Hindle, V.A.
Source British Poultry Science 53 (2012)2. - ISSN 0007-1668 - p. 168 - 174.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071668.2012.665434
Department(s) LR - Backoffice
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2012
Keyword(s) water bath - broilers - poultry - welfare - muscles - hens
Abstract 1. Behavioural and neural responses of 65 broilers to head-to-cloaca electrical stunning were evaluated and meat quality was assessed on two groups of 25 broilers stunned either head to cloaca, or in a conventional water bath method. 2. On the EEG recordings, a general epileptiform insult was observed when applying a current of 100¿mA (100¿Hz) or 70¿mA (70¿Hz) for 1·5¿s. This general epileptiform insult shows a tonic, clonic and exhaustion phase followed by spikes of alpha, beta, theta and delta waves with duration of on average 34¿±¿12¿s and 39¿±¿23¿s respectively. These birds may have been unconscious for 20¿s or longer, according to the correlation dimension analyses. 3. The heart rate decreased significantly (P¿
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