Changes in feather condition in relation to feather pecking and aggressive behaviour in laying hens.

@article{Bilck1999ChangesIF,
  title={Changes in feather condition in relation to feather pecking and aggressive behaviour in laying hens.},
  author={B Bilc{\'i}k and Linda J Keeling},
  journal={British poultry science},
  year={1999},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={
          444-51
        }
}
The aim of this experiment was to describe and examine the relationship between pecks received by individual birds and the feather and skin damage of those birds at different ages. The effect of group size was also studied. Laying hens were raised in floor pens in group sizes of 15, 30, 60 and 120 birds, each with 4 replicates. Behavioural observations were performed at the ages of 22, 27, 32 and 37 weeks. Detailed feather scoring was carried out at the ages of 18, 23, 28 and 33 weeks… CONTINUE READING
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