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In July 2015, a German voluntary decree stipulated that the keeping of beak-trimmed laying hens after the 1st of January 2017 will no longer be permitted. Simultaneously, the present project was initiated to validate a newly developed prognostic tool for laying hen farmers to forecast, at the...

Author(s)
Kaesberg, A. K. U.; Louton, H.; Erhard, M.; Schmidt, P.; Zepp, M.; Helmer, F.; Schwarzer, A.
Publisher
Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK
Citation
Poultry Science, 2018, 97, 3, pp 820-833
Abstract

The housing conditions and environments experienced during the rearing period can influence the development of feather pecking in chickens during this time and in the subsequent laying period. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a reduced stocking density and the provision of...

Author(s)
Zepp, M.; Louton, H.; Erhard, M.; Schmidt, P.; Helmer, F.; Schwarzer, A.
Publisher
Elsevier, New York, USA
Citation
Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research, 2018, 24, pp 9-18
Abstract

Feather pecking (FP) in laying hens is an important animal welfare problem in practice, despite extensive research and increasing sources of advice for farmers. We aimed to give an overview over results from experimental and epidemiological studies. We included non-cage systems, covering the...

Author(s)
Jung, L.; Knierim, U.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2018, 200, pp 1-12
Abstract

Author(s)
Rutten, P.
Publisher
Reed Business, Doetinchem, Netherlands
Citation
Poultry World, 2017, 33, 9, pp 20-21
Abstract

The effect of a resource package designed to reduce inter-bird pecking and increase range use was tested on fourteen free-range farms in the UK. The package comprised two types of objects intended to attract pecking behaviour: 'pecking pans' containing a particulate pecking block, and wind chimes;...

Author(s)
Pettersson, I. C.; Weeks, C. A.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2017, 195, pp 60-66
Abstract

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
AbstractFull Text

Beak trimming is currently used in France to avoid negative consequences of severe feather pecking. However, this practice is disputed regarding animal welfare and forbidden in some European countries. This study aimed to assess the prevalence of feather pecking in French laying hens farms, to...

Author(s)
Jenna, C.; Maryse, G.; Vanessa, G.; Geoffrey, C.; Claire, M.; Anaëlle, L.; Gaëlle, D.; Maryn, D.; Loïc, B.; Matthieu, D.; Laure, B.; Adeline, H. S.; Virginie, M.
Publisher
Institut Technique de l'Aviculture (ITAVI), Paris, France
Citation
12e Journées de la Recherche Avicole et Palmipèdes à Foie Gras (JRA-JRPFG 2017), 5 & 6 avril 2017, Tours, France, 2017, pp 1010-1014
AbstractFull Text

Knowledge on the usage of taste deterrents (i.e. repellents) and its association with feather pecking is limited and studies of reduction of feather pecking in commercial flocks of laying hens have not been performed previously. In this study we examined the effect of two dimethyl anthranilate (DA) ...

Author(s)
Šraj, U.; Terčič, D.; Jordan, D.; Pestotnik, M.; Zupan, M.
Publisher
Agronomski Fakultet, Sveučilišta u Zagrebu, Zagreb, Croatia
Citation
Agriculturae Conspectus Scientificus (Poljoprivredna Znanstvena Smotra), 2017, 82, 2, pp 185-188

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