This essay compares furnished cages with conventional cages and other non-cage options in respect to their welfare benefits for laying hens and investigates how furnished cage can be modified to encourage natural behaviours.
Discusses the skeletal health of layer hens, using keel bone fractures as an indicator.
Examines alternative non-surgical methods, such as feather spraying and providing opportunities for natural behaviours, to reduce feather pecking and improve layer welfare
Suggests ways to reduce the significant welfare problem of feather pecking in layer hens.
Looks at ways to balance welfare needs with disease prevention in layer hens. Issues such as feather pecking and improving psychological well-being within layer flocks are examined.
Demonstrates that reducing stocking density on broiler farms will significantly improve broiler welfare.
Looks at technologies to improving slaughter conditions for chickens
Discusses differences in welfare parameters between alternative housing systems for layer hens.
Explores welfare improvements to the stunning and slaughtering system used in the poultry industry.
Explores humane methods for stunning and slaughtering chickens.