Journal article

Laying hen welfare I. Social environment and space

TM Widowski, PH Hemsworth, JL Barnett, J-L Rault

WORLDS POULTRY SCIENCE JOURNAL | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Confinement housing appears to be at the forefront of concern about farm animal welfare. Although many factors may affect the welfare of commercial laying hens housed in cage and non-cage systems, welfare issues in confinement systems often involve behavioural restrictions, while many welfare issues in more extensive systems involve health and hygiene. Hens require an absolute amount of three-dimensional space in order to be able to perform basic body movements. They may prefer to distance themselves from other birds, but their strength of motivation to do so has not been thoroughly investigated, and preferred inter-individual distances may vary with activity. The relationships between the e..

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