Specific characteristics of the aviary housing system affect plumage condition, mortality and production in laying hens.

@article{Heerkens2015SpecificCO,
  title={Specific characteristics of the aviary housing system affect plumage condition, mortality and production in laying hens.},
  author={Jasper L T Heerkens and Evelyne Delezie and Ine Kempen and Johan Zoons and Bart Ampe and T. Bas Rodenburg and Frank Andr{\'e} Maurice Tuyttens},
  journal={Poultry science},
  year={2015},
  volume={94 9},
  pages={2008-17}
}
Feather pecking and high mortality levels are significant welfare problems in non-cage housing systems for laying hens. The aim of this study was to identify husbandry-related risk factors for feather damage, mortality, and egg laying performance in laying hens housed in the multi-tier non-cage housing systems known as aviaries. Factors tested included type of system flooring, degree of red mite infestation, and access to free-range areas. Information on housing characteristics, management, and… CONTINUE READING