Journal article

The Human-Animal Relationship in Australian Caged Laying Hens

Lauren E Edwards, Grahame J Coleman, Kym L Butler, Paul H Hemsworth

Animals | MDPI AG | Published : 2019

Abstract

Studies on farm animals have shown relationships between stockperson attitudes and behaviour and farm animal fear, stress and productivity. This study investigated how the avoidance behaviour of Australian commercial caged laying hens may be related to stockperson behaviour, albumen corticosterone, and the number of weeks producing within 5% of peak egg production. Nineteen laying houses were assessed over 3 days. Fear of humans in hens, based on their avoidance response to an unfamiliar human, was assessed using two behavioural tests. Albumen corticosterone concentrations were measured from egg samples collected immediately prior to behavioural testing. Stockperson attitudes were assessed u..

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