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That's exactly what that means...
    Major abdominal surgery (going through a major body cavity, like doing a capnization) is a big stress for the body.  I don't know about human surgeons, but as a veterinarian, we definitely do NOT have any animal, particularly young pediatric patients, fast for that long.  Remember, a chicken or parrot or even a dog or cat has a much, much greater surface area to volume ratio than a human and will not only get chilled during surgery faster, but will also have a much...
    The reason behind doing the short fast is still the same, regardless of species (including mammals).  
I am quite new to avian surgery, but my sources suggest more than 12 hours before surgery is excessive.  For example, in a baby parrot that would be of comparable age to a young chicken, 6 hours seems to be plenty.
I am also most interested in this thread.  I just have a small number of birds (2 nearly six week old salmon Favorelles pullets, 4 two week old Cornish crosses, 2 two week old production red cockerels destined for caponizing practice), but just before Easter, I had a predator that wiped out my 2 Easter egger pullets and 5 Cornish crosses.  Whatever critter it was (I suspect raccoon) dug under my 6 foot wood privacy fence AND the 6 foot dog kennel panels that make up...
While there is likely differences in carcass composition between the breeds, it's also what they are eating that is important.
Here's my Malinois/Sibe girl at about 3 months old.  She's 4 months old now and significantly darker and more sable.    
All my food animal clients (which are small or hobby farms.  If you don't use medicated feed, it does not affect you at all.  In fact, it would put you on a more equal playing field with those who give medicated feeds to get extra growth out of their production animals despite having them live in less than ideal conditions.  The vets, even on large corporate farms, will still legally have to prescribe antibiotics for therapeutic purposes only.  If they can detect illegal...
Has nothing to do with government interference and everything to do with preventing producers from unnecessarily and incorrectly using antibiotics leading to nasty antibiotic resistance.  I'll give you an example...about two months ago, I had a client ask me about coughing in one of his Boer goat does.  I explained it was likely due to pneumonia, but he didn't want to "pump her full of antibiotics."  So he went down to the feed store told Mr. Feed Store Owner he wanted...
Thanks Oregon Blues, I'll give that a try for this bag.  
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