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Record number 477688
Title Use of different types of enrichment in slower growing broilers : a pilot study
Author(s) Jong, I.C. de; Wijhe-Kiezebrink, M.C. van
Source Wageningen : Wageningen UR Livestock Research (Livestock research report 810) - 39
Department(s) Animal Health & Welfare
Publication type Research report
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) vleeskuikens - vleeskuikenproductie - diergedrag - stalinrichting - omgevingsverrijking - huisvesting, dieren - toegepast onderzoek - pluimvee - pluimveehouderij - dierenwelzijn - broilers - broiler production - animal behaviour - animal housing design - environmental enrichment - animal housing - applied research - poultry - poultry farming - animal welfare
Categories Animal Housing, Management and Care / Poultry
Abstract The results of a pilot study to the use of different types of enrichment (perches, platforms, pecking object, Lucerne bales) in slower growing broilers during two subsequent cycles in a commercial broiler house are described. Based on counts of the birds using the enrichments, platforms were preferred over perches. Birds pecked more at the Lucerne bales than at the pecking objects. The most frequently observed behaviour on or under and close to all enrichments was sitting. No obvious differences were observed in behaviours in the sections of the house where the different enrichments were placed, and no obvious physical damage was observed that could be due to the enrichments. To conclude, the slower growing broilers seemed to prefer platforms over perches to rest on. Platforms can be provided in addition to the Lucerne (or straw or hay) bales that are currently used as enrichment.
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