Location in the Cage and Diurnal Distribution of Feather Pecking by Caged Layers

Preston A.P. (1987) Location in the Cage and Diurnal Distribution of Feather Pecking by Caged Layers. British Poultry Science, 28 4: 653-658. doi:10.1080/00071668708417001


Author Preston A.P.
Title Location in the Cage and Diurnal Distribution of Feather Pecking by Caged Layers
Journal name British Poultry Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1466-1799
Publication date 1987-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00071668708417001
Volume 28
Issue 4
Start page 653
End page 658
Total pages 6
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
1106 Human Movement and Sports Science
Abstract 1. Most feather pecking occurred between birds in the same cage rather than between birds in neighbouring cages during both morning (81%) and afternoon (92%) observations. 2. In the afternoon feather pecking and cage pecking were respectively 3–6 and 4–4 times more prevalent than in the morning. The proportion of severe feather pecking (19%) was unaffected by time of day. 3. These findings are discussed with regard to the possibility that feather pecking in the afternoon may reflect attempts by hens to adapt to an unstimulating environment and the limited potential for control of feather pecking by modification of the design of conventional cages, unless between—cage transmission of the behaviour is important in the development of feather pecking.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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