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Effect of artificial structuring on the use of laying hen runs in a free-range system

Zeltner, Esther and Hirt, Helen (2003) Effect of artificial structuring on the use of laying hen runs in a free-range system. British Poultry Science, 44 (4), pp. 533-537.

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1. This study examined whether a free range with roofed boxes with sand to structure the hen run had an effect on the numbers of hens going outside and on the distribution of the hens in the hen run.
2. On a poultry farm with 8 flocks of laying hens of roughly 500 birds per flock, each flock was observed with and without roofed boxes with sand.
3. There was no difference in the number of hens on free range with and without roofed boxes but there was an influence on the distribution.
4. In free range with structures there was a higher percentage of the hens outside in the furthest quarter where the structures were located.
5. We conclude that structures in the free range have an effect on the distribution of laying hens.


EPrint Type:Journal paper
Keywords:Tierhaltung Tierzucht, Biogeflügelhaltung, Grünauslauf, Unterstand
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Research affiliation: Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal Husbandry and Breeding
Related Links:http://www.fibl.org/forschung/tierhaltung/index.php
Deposited By: Zeltner, Esther
ID Code:2784
Deposited On:07 Jun 2004
Last Modified:12 Apr 2010 07:29
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Peer-reviewed and accepted

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