Decision making of high and low feather pecking line of laying hens under ambiguity

Katarina Pichova, J.A.J. van der Eijk, L. Kostal, B. Bilcik, T.B. Rodenburg

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Abstract

Feather pecking (FP) is a major welfare problem in egg production. Consequence of this behavior is increased heat loss and feed consumption as well as decreased egg production. Beside the economic perspective, FP is a source of stress, pain and influences physiological processes as well. The lines of laying hens selected divergently for high and low incidence of feather pecking provide a source of valuable information about the effect of FP on behavior, physiology and neurobiology. There is, however, very little information about the effect of FP on cognition and affective states of hens. The main aim of this study was to investigate whether the higher incidence of FP influences emotional state of hens using cognitive bias test.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals
EditorsRupert M. Bruckmaier, Josef J. Gross
Place of PublicationBern, Switserland
PublisherUniversity of Bern
Pages58-58
ISBN (Print)9783906813936
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals (ICPD) - Bern, Switzerland
Duration: 27 Jun 201929 Jun 2019

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals (ICPD)
CountrySwitzerland
CityBern
Period27/06/1929/06/19

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