2017 - 2019

The effect on in ovo delivery of nutrients and feed additives on the development of the chicken immune system

Principal Investigator: Shayan Sharif, University of Guelph
Status: In progress


The research focuses on in ovo supplementation of chick embryos with vitamins and probiotic bacteria. Newly hatched chicks are subject to various forms of stress that make them more susceptible to pathogens. Chicks can be made healthier by early interventions, such as by pre-hatch administration of nutrients and/or beneficial bacteria. The research takes a systematic approach to examining how the interventions can enhance the chicken’s immune system health.


$60,000 (CPRC $30,000, NSERC $30,000)

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