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Promoting range use in laying hens (FreeBirds Practice Abstract)

{Tool} Promoting range use in laying hens (FreeBirds Practice Abstract). Creator(s): Gunnarsson, Stefan; Ferrante, Valentina; Brinch Riber, Anja; Marchewka, Joanna; Tuyttens, Frank; Ipek, Aydın; Sözcü, Arda; Bestman, Monique; Rodenburg, Bas and van Niekerk, Thea. Issuing Organisation(s): Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU). CORE Organic Practice Abstracts. (2021)

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Summary

This FreeBirds Practice Abstract provides practical recommendations for designing the free-range area of an organic layer farm. Providing a covered veranda and more varied structures in the range will encourage hens to go out, while also preventing health problems as well as behavioural problems such as injurious pecking.


EPrint Type:Practice tool
What problem does the tool address?:Consumers expect organic layers to be outdoors. Furthermore, free-range use may improve layer welfare. However, in some farms a low number of hens uses the free range daily.
What solution does the tool offer?:Providing a free-range area with varied vegetation and artificial shelters encourages range use. The house should have a covered veranda as smooth transition to outdoors, in order to encourage hens to use the range.
Country:Sweden
Type of Practice Tool:Practice abstracts
Theme:Pest and disease control
Keywords:Laying hens, layer health, layer welfare, consumer expectations, free range, organic
Agrovoc keywords:
Language
Value
URI
English
animal agriculture -> animal production
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_437
English
animal behaviour
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8811
English
animal husbandry
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_8532
English
animal health
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_431
English
animal welfare
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_443
English
animal needs
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_25445
English
hens
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_11525
English
free range husbandry
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_3087
English
organic agriculture
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
English
organic farming -> organic agriculture
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_15911
English
organic husbandry
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_36807
English
layer chickens
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_12109
English
laying hens -> layer chickens
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_12109
English
animal production
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_437
English
animal housing
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_432
English
animal husbandry equipment
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_25746
English
animal husbandry methods
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_433
English
consumer preferences -> consumer behaviour
http://aims.fao.org/aos/agrovoc/c_1821
Subjects: Animal husbandry > Production systems
Farming Systems
Animal husbandry
Animal husbandry > Health and welfare
Farming Systems > Buildings and machinery
Values, standards and certification > Consumer issues
Animal husbandry > Production systems > Poultry
Research affiliation:Belgium > Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) - (Merelbeke)
Denmark > AU - Aarhus University
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund > FreeBirds
Turkey > Uludag University
Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
European Union > CORE Organic Cofund
International Organizations > International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements IFOAM > Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM
Italy > Univ. Milano
Poland
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) > Department of Animal Environment and Health
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Netherlands > Other organizations
Related Links:https://www.slu.freebirds.se/
Project ID:oknet
Deposited By: Gernert, Maria
ID Code:40212
Deposited On:16 Jul 2021 10:09
Last Modified:16 Jul 2021 10:09
Document Language:English
Status:Unpublished

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