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Different lines of laying hens have undergone a strong selection pressure for productivity traits, which has been proposed as a potential cause of undesirable side effects like behavioural disorders. One reason for such behavioral changes might be due to energy trade-offs, as high productive laying ...

Author(s)
Dudde, A.; Schrader, L.; Weigend, S.; Matthews, L. R.; Krause, E. T.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2018, 209, pp 65-70
Abstract

Social preferences of familiar over unfamiliar social stimuli in chicks may be used to measure sociality, a characteristic important for the welfare of poultry in commercial production. We studied social preferences and reaction to strangers in young White Leghorns and red jungle fowl (Gallus...

Author(s)
Väisänen, J.; Jensen, P.
Publisher
Poultry Science Association, Savoy, USA
Citation
Poultry Science, 2004, 83, 3, pp 335-343
Abstract

When thwarted in a behaviour, laying hens show an increase in stereotyped pacing, displacement preening and a specific vocalization known as the gakel-call. How these behaviours, which might serve as indicators of welfare, are influenced by social factors is not yet known. In this study, the effect ...

Author(s)
Zimmerman, P. H.; Lundberg, A.; Keeling, L. J.; Koene, P.
Publisher
Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), Wheathampstead, UK
Citation
Animal Welfare, 2003, 12, 3, pp 315-326
Abstract

42 groups of 30 laying hen chicks were observed for feather pecking under various housing conditions in Switzerland, for the first 7 weeks of life. It is concluded that in contrast to previous experiments, the presence of an appropriate substance for dust bathing, for example sand, does little to...

Author(s)
Huber-Eicher, B.; Wechsler, B.
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 1997, 54, 4, pp 757-768