Journal article

RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN FEAR OF HUMANS, PRODUCTIVITY AND CAGE POSITION OF LAYING HENS

PH HEMSWORTH, JL BARNETT

BRITISH POULTRY SCIENCE | CARFAX PUBL CO | Published : 1989

Abstract

1. The productivity and behavioural responses of laying hens to humans were examined in relation to the effects of tier, row and position of the cage along the row over three consecutive 4-week periods. 2. Birds from the top tier had lower hen-day production, lower egg mass output and poorer efficiency of food utilisation than birds from the bottom tier in the third period. 3. Birds from the top tier showed greater avoidance of an approaching experimenter when in their cage or when on a table. 4. The production variables were significantly correlated with a number of behavioural responses to humans and a novel object, and with the corticosteroid response to handling/blood sampling. 5. The da..

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