Access to Barrier Perches Improves Behavior Repertoire in Broilers

@inproceedings{Ventura2012AccessTB,
  title={Access to Barrier Perches Improves Behavior Repertoire in Broilers},
  author={Beth Ann Ventura and Frank Siewerdt and Inma Estevez},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2012}
}
Restriction of behavioral opportunities and uneven use of space are considerable welfare concerns in modern broiler production, particularly when birds are kept at high densities. We hypothesized that increased environmental complexity by provision of barrier perches would help address these issues by encouraging perching and enhancing use of the pen space across a range of stocking densities. 2,088 day-old broiler chicks were randomly assigned to one of the following barrier and density… CONTINUE READING

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