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Feather pecking and monoamines - a behavioral and neurobiological approach

  title={Feather pecking and monoamines - a behavioral and neurobiological approach},
  author={Marjolein S. Kops},
  • M. Kops
  • Published 27 March 2014
  • Biology, Psychology
Severe feather pecking (SFP) remains one of the major welfare issues in laying hens. SFP is the pecking at and pulling out of feathers, inflicting damage to the plumage and skin of the recipient. The neurobiological profile determining the vulnerability of individual hens to develop into a severe feather pecker is unknown, although brain monoamines such as serotonin (5-HT) and dopamine (DA) seem to play a role. Previous studies related lower 5-HT and DA turnover ratios to an increased risk to… 
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