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The aim of this review is to discuss the effects of selection method and early-life history on the behavioural development of laying hens. Especially in larger groups, laying hens often develop damaging behaviours, such as feather pecking and cannibalism, leading to impaired animal welfare. We...

Author(s)
Rodenburg, T. B.; Komen, H.; Ellen, E. D.; Uitdehaag, K. A.; Arendonk, J. A. M. van
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2008, 110, 3/4, pp 217-228
Abstract

The aim of this review is to discuss the impact of group size on damaging behaviours, aggression, fear and stress in farm animals and to identify housing- and management options that can help to reduce problems caused by suboptimal group sizes. Increasing group size was found to increase the risk...

Author(s)
Rodenburg, T. B.; Koene, P.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2007, 103, 3/4, pp 205-214