Chicken welfare is influenced more by housing conditions than by stocking density

@article{Dawkins2004ChickenWI,
  title={Chicken welfare is influenced more by housing conditions than by stocking density},
  author={Marian S. Dawkins and Christl A. Donnelly and Tracey A. Jones},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2004},
  volume={427},
  pages={342-344}
}
Intensive broiler (meat) chicken production now exceeds 800 million birds each year in the United Kingdom and 2 × 1010 birds worldwide, but it attracts accusations of poor welfare. The European Union is currently adopting standards for broilers aimed at a chief welfare concern—namely, overcrowding—by limiting maximum ‘stocking density’ (bird weight per unit area). It is not clear, however, whether this will genuinely improve bird welfare because evidence is contradictory. Here we report on… CONTINUE READING

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