Welfare, health, and hygiene of laying hens housed in furnished cages and in alternative housing systems

T Bas Rodenburg, Frank A M Tuyttens, Bart Sonck, Koen De Reu, Lieve Herman, Johan Zoons

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Abstract

The aim of this review was to compare welfare, health, and hygienic status of laying hens housed in furnished cages and in alternative systems. In alternative systems (floor housing and aviaries), birds have more freedom of movement and a more complex environment than in furnished cages. However, housing birds in much larger flocks in alternative systems leads to an increased risk of feather-pecking. Furthermore, air quality can be poorer in alternative systems than in furnished cages. This can affect health and hygienic status. There are only limited data on a direct comparison between furnished cages and alternative systems. Therefore, there is a need for an on-farm comparison of welfare, health, and hygienic status in these systems.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume8
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)211-26
Number of pages16
ISSN1088-8705
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Keywords

  • Aggression
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Chickens
  • European Union
  • Facility Design and Construction
  • Feathers
  • Female
  • Housing, Animal
  • Hygiene
  • Motor Activity
  • Population Density

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