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Feather pecking is a serious problem in poultry production. It causes high economical losses and suffering in the affected birds, especially in countries where beak trimming is prohibited. In spite of intensive research, the causes of this damaging behaviour are not fully understood. Most...

Author(s)
Bennewitz, J.; Kjaer, J. B.; Lutz, V.; Grashorn, M.; Bessei, W.
Publisher
Lohmann & Co. AG, Cuxhaven, Germany
Citation
Lohmann Information, 2017, 51, 1, pp unpaginated
Abstract

Feather pecking and mortality due to cannibalism in laying hens are of economic and welfare concern in all housing systems. Traditional family selection on the basis of liveability and feather condition in group cages has reduced, but not eliminated this misbehaviour. Actually, the change to...

Author(s)
Icken, W.; Cavero, D.; Schmutz, M.
Publisher
Lohmann & Co. AG, Cuxhaven, Germany
Citation
Lohmann Information, 2017, 51, 1, pp unpaginated
Abstract

Feather-pecking and cannibalism may reduce the potential of organic husbandry to enhance the welfare of laying hens. We report risk factors for these issues based on a large survey of 107 commercial flocks in eight European countries. Information was collected regarding housing, management and...

Author(s)
Bestman, M.; Verwer, C.; Brenninkmeyer, C.; Willett, A.; Hinrichsen, L. K.; Smajlhodzic, F.; Heerkens, J.; Gunnarsson, S.; Ferrantez, V.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2017, 26, 3, pp 355-363
Abstract

Injurious pecking, including feather pecking (FP), is one of the most prevalent causes of mortality for commercial laying hens. The underlying biological mechanisms of FP are not yet fully understood, but they could be related to alterations in the serotonin (5-HT) and/or dopamine (DA) circuits...

Author(s)
Birkl, P.; Franke, L.; Rodenburg, T. B.; Ellen, E.; Harlander-Matauschek, A.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Physiology & Behavior, 2017, 175, pp 88-96
Abstract

Broiler breeder chickens are feed-restricted to control growth and maximize chick production. Feed restriction creates welfare concerns as conventional skip-a-day feeding can increase activity levels and oral stereotypies during the rearing period. A precision feeding system has been developed to...

Author(s)
Girard, T. E.; Zuidhof, M. J.; Bench, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 188, pp 42-49
Abstract

Background: Feather pecking and aggressive pecking in laying hens are serious economic and welfare issues. In spite of extensive research on feather pecking during the last decades, the motivation for this behavior is still not clear. A small to moderate heritability has frequently been reported...

Author(s)
Lutz, V.; Stratz, P.; Preuss, S.; Tetens, J.; Grashorn, M. A.; Bessei, W.; Bennewitz, J.
Publisher
BioMed Central Ltd, London, UK
Citation
Genetics, Selection, Evolution, 2017, 49, 18, pp (3 February 2017)
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Author(s)
Rovers-Paap, P.
Publisher
Reed Business, Doetinchem, Netherlands
Citation
Poultry World, 2017, 33, 1, pp 23...26
Abstract

The objective of this research was to analyze the relationship between feather pecking (FP) and feather eating (FE) as well as general locomotor activity (GLA) using structural equation models, which allow that one trait can be treated as an explanatory variable of another trait. This provides an...

Author(s)
Lutz, V.; Kjaer, J. B.; Iffland, H.; Rodehutscord, M.; Bessei, W.; Bennewitz, J.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2016, 95, 8, pp 1757-1763
Abstract

The influence of stocking density on feather pecking and aggressive behavior of Thai crossbred chickens was investigated from age 4-12 wk. In total, 900 day-old mixed sex Thai crossbred chickens were assigned to three replicates of 100 birds per pen, at stocking densities of 8 birds/m2, 12 birds/m2 ...

Author(s)
Huo Xin; Na-Lampang, P.
Publisher
Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI), Bangkok, Thailand
Citation
Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2016, 50, 5, pp 396-399
Abstract

Feather pecking is a multi-factorial behavioral disorder and a serious welfare issue in the poultry industry. Several studies report early life experience with litter to be a major determinant in the development of feather pecking. The current study aimed to test the large-scale on-farm efficiency...

Author(s)
Tahamtani, F. M.; Brantsæter, M.; Nordgreen, J.; Sandberg, E.; Hansen, T. B.; Nødtvedt, A.; Rodenburg, T. B.; Moe, R. O.; Janczak, A. M.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2016, 95, 12, pp 2747-2756

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