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Free-range laying hens: animal and environment friendly

{Tool} Free-range laying hens: animal and environment friendly. [Aire de sortie pour poules pondeuses: respectueux des animaux et de l'environnement.] Creator(s): Hirt, Helen; Maurer, Veronika; Zeltner, Esther; Bapst, Beat and Hartnagel, Siegfried. Issuing Organisation(s): FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture. FiBL-Merkblatt. (2001)

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This leaflet gives an overview of what elements are required for successful free-range hens, including measures in the space near the poultry house, existing solutions, implementation, and effectiveness.
Goals, advantages, disadvantages, hours of work, costs and important things to know are provided for the different areas of such a system: rotational grazing areas, area with wood chips, and the concrete/stone/gravel area. Laying hens need shelter for their safety, which can be achieved by using natural and/or artificial elements in the pasture. Both natural and artificial options are considered in the leaflet. Many solutions to common problems in free-range chickens, like how to plan grazing, which breeds are best, how to construct or alter your space, ways to counter the threat of predators and how to prevent disease and pest outbreaks. This tool is aimed at organic farmers and farm advisors in Switzerland but could also be interesting across Europe.

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Cette fiche apporte des solutions pour aménager, utiliser et entretenir au mieux un parcours de plein air destiné aux poules pondeuses.
L’élevage des poules en plein air doit satisfaire à la fois à la protec- tion des animaux, à la protection des eaux et aux attentes des con- sommateurs, tout en respectant les contraintes techniques et écono- miques liées à un tel élevage. Cela n’est pas une mince affaire pour les éleveuses et les éleveurs de poules pondeuses. Un élevage durable et respectueux des animaux implique plus que le simple libre accès au plein air à la volaille. Cette fiche technique propose des solutions concernant la réalisation, l’utilisation et l’entretien d’un parc en plein air pour poules pondeuses.

EPrint Type:Practice tool
Teaser:Free-range hens made easy.
What problem does the tool address?:Free-range hens must comply with animal welfare, water protection and the expectations of consumers, while respecting the associated technical and economic constraints.
What solution does the tool offer?:This leaflet provides solutions for the realization, use and maintenance of providing pasture access to laying hens.
Type of Practice Tool:Leaflets & guidelines
Keywords:animal husbandry, animal production, poultry, poultry farming, laying hens, animal health, animal welfare, animal protection, animal housing, animal husbandry equipment, farm buildings
Agrovoc keywords:
animal husbandry
animal production
layer chickens
animal health
animal welfare
animal protection
animal housing
animal husbandry equipment
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation: European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed
European Union > Horizon 2020 > OK-Net EcoFeed > Selected tools
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Animal breeding
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Animal > Poultry
Related Links:https://www.fibl.org/en/shop-en/1186-poules-pondeuses.html, https://www.fibl.org, https://organic-farmknowledge.org/tool/38229, https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=752176798964793&id=313194372863040, https://twitter.com/farm_knowledge/status/1300318811711827968
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:38229
Deposited On:04 Aug 2020 11:14
Last Modified:28 Jul 2021 13:02
Document Language:French/Francais

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