Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders

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Abstract

Broilers have been selected for growth related characteristics, which are negatively correlated to reproductive traits. This genetic background creates challenges in broiler breeders, as the hens do not make optimal use of the nests provided. This project aims to investigate what factors determine nesting behaviour, i.e. where a broiler breeder hen prefers to lay her eggs. Factors such as genetic background, social interactions, physical characteristics of the nest and climate might interfere with the natural nesting behaviour of the hen. Also fundamental trade-offs between different motivations, such as hunger, comfort and safety, might influence nesting behaviour. Behaviour and use of space will be measured in experimental set-ups in order to gain insight in the importance of different system components. This knowledge will be used to optimise housing conditions and develop strategies that stimulate the hen to lay her egg in the nest. The performance of this improved system will be tested in field experiments to investigate the transferability of results from experimental to field conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationXth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France
Subtitle of host publicationBook of Abstracts
EditorsVirginie Michel, Maryse Guinebretiere, Daniel Guémené, Christine Leterrier, Valentina Ferrante
PublisherWorld's Poultry Science Association (WPSA)
Pages23-23
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventXth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare 2017 - Ploufragan, France
Duration: 19 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 10
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Conference

ConferenceXth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare 2017
CountryFrance
CityPloufragan
Period19/06/1722/06/17
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broiler breeders
hens
nests
genetic background
reproductive traits
hunger
broiler chickens
climate

Keywords

  • broiler breeders
  • nesting behaviour
  • genetics
  • nest design
  • housing
  • climate

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van den Oever, A., Rodenburg, T. B., Bolhuis, J. E., van de Ven, L. J. F., & Kemp, B. (2017). Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders. In V. Michel, M. Guinebretiere, D. Guémené, C. Leterrier, & V. Ferrante (Eds.), Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France: Book of Abstracts (pp. 23-23). World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA).
van den Oever, Anne ; Rodenburg, T.B. ; Bolhuis, J.E. ; van de Ven, L.J.F. ; Kemp, B. / Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders. Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France: Book of Abstracts. editor / Virginie Michel ; Maryse Guinebretiere ; Daniel Guémené ; Christine Leterrier ; Valentina Ferrante. World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), 2017. pp. 23-23
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van den Oever, A, Rodenburg, TB, Bolhuis, JE, van de Ven, LJF & Kemp, B 2017, Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders. in V Michel, M Guinebretiere, D Guémené, C Leterrier & V Ferrante (eds), Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France: Book of Abstracts. World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), pp. 23-23, Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare 2017, Ploufragan, France, 19/06/17.

Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders. / van den Oever, Anne; Rodenburg, T.B.; Bolhuis, J.E.; van de Ven, L.J.F.; Kemp, B.

Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France: Book of Abstracts. ed. / Virginie Michel; Maryse Guinebretiere; Daniel Guémené; Christine Leterrier; Valentina Ferrante. World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA), 2017. p. 23-23.

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van den Oever A, Rodenburg TB, Bolhuis JE, van de Ven LJF, Kemp B. Nesting behaviour of broiler breeders. In Michel V, Guinebretiere M, Guémené D, Leterrier C, Ferrante V, editors, Xth European Symposium on Poultry Welfare, 19-22 June 2017, Ploufragan - France: Book of Abstracts. World's Poultry Science Association (WPSA). 2017. p. 23-23