Laying hen performance in different production systems; why do they differ and how to close the gap? Results of discussions with groups of farmers in The Netherlands, Switzerland and France, benchmarking and model calculations

F.R. Leenstra, V. Maurer, F. Galea, M.W.P. Bestman, Z. Amsler, J. Visscher, I. Vermeij, M.M. van Krimpen

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Abstract

Free range and organic systems expose the laying hen more to unexpected events and adverse climatic conditions than barn and cage systems. In France, The Netherlands and Switzerland the requirements for a hen suitable to produce in free range and organic systems were discussed with farmers. The farmers preferred for these systems a more 'robust' hen, more specifically defined as a heavier hen with good eating capacity
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
JournalEuropean Poultry Science
Volume78
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • poultry farming
  • hens
  • outdoor run
  • organic farming
  • egg production
  • chicken housing
  • poultry feeding
  • animal welfare
  • egg-production systems
  • free-range
  • feather pecking
  • risk-factors
  • welfare
  • uk

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