Rearing Laying Hens in Aviaries Reduces Fearfulness following Transfer to Furnished Cages
Published on: 09/04/2018
Author/s : Margrethe Brantsæter 1, Fernanda M. Tahamtani 1, Randi O. Moe 1, Tone B. Hansen 2, Rachel Orritt 3, Christine Nicol 4 and Andrew M. Janczak 1.
/ 1 Animal Welfare Research Group, Department of Production Animal Clinical Science, NMBU School of Veterinary Science, Oslo, Norway; 2 Animalia, Norwegian Meat and Poultry Research Centre, Oslo, Norway; 3 School of Psychology, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, UK; 4 Division of Animal Health and Husbandry, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK.
Appropriate rearing is essential for ensuring the welfare and productivity of laying hens. Early experience has the potential to affect the development of fearfulness. This study tested whether rearing in aviaries, as opposed to cages, reduces the fearfulness of laying hens after transfer to furnished cages. Fear responses were recorded as avoidance of a novel object in the home cage. Lohmann Sele...