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T-maze preference tests were used to study group size and space preferences in laying hens kept on deep litter. The first experiment identified a non-significant tendency to prefer a larger group (120 hens) in a large space (9 m2) over a smaller group (5 hens) in a small space (1 m3), but when the...

Author(s)
Lindberg, A. C.; Nicol, C. J.
Citation
British Poultry Science, 1996, 37, 4, pp 709-721
Abstract

The effects of social and environmental familiarity on spacing behaviour were investigated in litter-kept hens. In Experiment 1, social familiarity affected spacing, with birds which were familiar with each other spreading evenly over the available area as evidenced by a significantly lower 'Spread ...

Author(s)
Lindberg, A. C.; Nicol, C. J.
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 1996, 49, 2, pp 109-123