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Pecking-related problems are common in intensive egg production, compromising hen welfare, causing farmers economic losses and negatively affecting sustainability. These problems are often controlled by beak trimming, which in Finland is prohibited. An online questionnaire aimed to collect...

Author(s)
Kaukonen, E.; Valros, A.
Publisher
MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland
Citation
Animals, 2019, 9, 2, pp 43
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Management practices to prevent abnormal feather loss in broiler breeders.

This chapter discusses management factors in broiler breeders that can trigger abnormal feathering and unwanted feather damage, such that the birds are unable to maintain good feather cover at all times. Management practices to ensure good feed access include the following. Birds have correct...

Author(s)
Tuijl, O. A. van
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Effects of nutritional interventions on feathering of poultry - a review.

Feather cover of chickens can be influenced by many factors, including direct or indirect nutritional factors. Direct dietary factor effects are levels of protein/amino acids, vitamins, minerals and mycotoxins. Indirect nutritional factors will impact feather cover through their effects on feather...

Author(s)
Emous, R. A. van; Krimpen, M. M. van
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Evidence-based management of injurious pecking.

Injurious pecking in laying hen flocks comprises feather pecking and tissue pecking, the latter often referred to as cannibalism. Although some gentle feather pecking belongs to the natural repertoire of laying hens, the more vigorous form, severe feather pecking, is considered an abnormal...

Author(s)
Niekerk, T. van
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Genetic solutions to reduce injurious pecking in laying hens.

Survival of commercial laying hens is an important trait. Feather pecking has a large effect on the survival of birds. To improve survival it is important to use quantitative genetic methods that take into account both the direct genetic effect (victim effect) and the indirect genetic effect (actor ...

Author(s)
Ellen, E. D.; Bijma, P.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Feather pecking in laying hens: why they do it, and welfare implications.

Severe feather pecking in laying hens is a significant welfare problem, causing pain, increased susceptibility to infection and an increased risk of premature death. Severe feather pecking is strongly related to absent, inadequate or insufficient foraging opportunities or to dietary deficiencies....

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book chapter; Conference paper
CABI Book Info
Cover for Poultry Feathers and Skin: The Poultry Integument in Health and Welfare, Cambridge, England, UK, 3-5 July 2017.

This book contains chapters that discuss the natural engineering and multifunctionality of feathers, embryonic development of the avian integument, the reasons and welfare implications of feather pecking in laying hens, genetic solutions to reduce injurious pecking in laying hens, evidence-based...

Author(s)
Olukosi, O. A.; Olori, V. E.; Helmbrecht, A.; Lambton, S.; French, N. A.
ISBN
2019 CABI (H ISBN 9781786395115)
Type
Book; Conference proceedings
Abstract

Feather pecking is a serious damaging behaviour in the domestic fowl. Despite intensive research, the causes of this behaviour are not fully understood. Foraging and fear are considered as important causal motivations for feather pecking in the Domestic Fowl. There exist however, contrasting...

Author(s)
Bessei, W.; Lutz, V.; Kjaer, J. B.; Grashorn, M.; Bennewitz, J.
Publisher
Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart, Germany
Citation
European Poultry Science, 2018, 82, pp 242
Abstract

Campylobacter is a human food-borne pathogen frequently associated with poultry and poultry products and can be found in high numbers within the gut contents of colonized broilers. The number of Campylobacter on broiler carcasses increases markedly during automated defeathering as rubber picker...

Author(s)
Berrang, M. E.; Meinersmann, R. J.; Adams, E. S.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 2018, 27, 4, pp 483-487
Abstract

In mammals, it has become increasingly clear that the gut microbiota influences not only gastrointestinal physiology but also modulates behavior. In domestic birds, ceca have the greatest gastrointestinal microbial population. Feather-pecking (FP) behavior in laying hens is one of the most...

Author(s)
Birkl, P.; Bharwani, A.; Kjaer, J. B.; Kunze, W.; McBride, P.; Forsythe, P.; Harlander-Matauschek, A.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2018, 97, 9, pp 3009-3014

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