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Welfare of organic poultry

Zeltner, Esther and Maurer, Veronika (2009) Welfare of organic poultry. In: World's Poultry Science Journal, World’s Poultry Science Association, pp. 104-112.

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Summary

Organic poultry production has substantially increased in the last few years. On organic farms, welfare of poultry is enhanced due to enriched housing conditions as access to a
free range area. This may reduce feather pecking and keep the health status at least on the same level as on conventional farms. However, welfare of organic poultry may be further improved if: (a) laying hens are already reared in enriched systems that are close to the systems in the layer house, (b) a frequent and even use of the run, (c) selection of suitable genotypes especially in relation to digestive ability, and (d) effective prevention
and control of parasites.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Keynote presentation
Keywords:Organic poultry; welfare; feather pecking; breeding; parasites; Biogeflügelhaltung
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
Deposited By: Maurer, Dr. Veronika
ID Code:19932
Deposited On:09 Dec 2011 19:50
Last Modified:09 Dec 2011 19:50
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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