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The social structure and associated behaviour of large groups of laying hens - AW0218

Description
The main objective of the research is to investigate the social structure and related behaviour of laying hens housed in large groups from day old to end of lay. This will enable management changes to be made to improve welfare.

The proposal is of high policy relevance as it stems directly from FAWC's identification of the reduction of aggression as a priority for alternative systems research (1993) and the Committee's 1997 recommendation of further research into the same subject using "relatively large flock sizes". It also follows the associated studies of the effect of stocking density and of colony size on destructive and feather pecking at ADAS Gleadthorpe in 1994/95 (AW0209) and 1996/97 (AW0211). The proposed work will be integrated with project AW0214 on the development of a predictive model of damaging pecking in laying hens.
Project Documents
• Final Report : The social structure and associated behaviour of large groups of laying hens   (300k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 1998

To: 2001

Cost: £543,686
Contractor / Funded Organisations
ADAS UK Ltd.
Keywords
Animal Welfare              
Plants and Animals              
Poultry              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare