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The effects of four types of enrichment on feather pecking behaviour in laying hens housed in barren environments.

@article{Dixon2010TheEO,
  title={The effects of four types of enrichment on feather pecking behaviour in laying hens housed in barren environments.},
  author={Laura M Dixon and Ian J. Duncan and Georgia J. Mason},
  journal={Animal Welfare},
  year={2010},
  volume={19},
  pages={429-435}
}
Severe feather pecking, a potentially stereotypic behaviour in chickens (Gallus gallus), can be reduced by providing enrichment. However, there is little comparative information available on the effectiveness of different types of enrichment. Providing forages to birds is likely to decrease feather-pecking behaviour the most, as it is generally thought that feather pecking stems from re-directed foraging motivation. Yet, other types of enrichment, such as dustbaths and novel objects, have also… 

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