Journal article

Changes in behaviour of laying hens following beak trimming at hatch and re-trimming at 14 weeks

EC Jongman, PC Glatz, JL Barnett

Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences | ASIAN-AUSTRALASIAN ASSOC ANIMAL PRODUCTION SOC | Published : 2008


For many years beak trimming has been a controversial subject, particularly since the 1980's when the practice came under close scrutiny by animal welfare groups. In Australia it is considered an essential practice, averting losses of AUD$17.5m annually by reducing mortality from cannibalism. While mortality in flocks from cannibalism can be reduced from 25% of the flock to virtually nil, the beak trimming procedure is considered traumatic for the bird. This study examined if chronic pain in the beak was evident in birds 10, 20 and 60 weeks after being trimmed at hatch and in another group of birds, 8 and 52 weeks after being re-trimmed at 14 weeks. Chronic pain was assessed by measuring..

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