Use of different types of enrichment in slower growing broilers : a pilot study

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Abstract

The results of a pilot study to the use of different types of enrichment (perches, platforms, pecking object, Lucerne bales) in slower growing broilers during two subsequent cycles in a commercial broiler house are described. Based on counts of the birds using the enrichments, platforms were preferred over perches. Birds pecked more at the Lucerne bales than at the pecking objects. The most frequently observed behaviour on or under and close to all enrichments was sitting. No obvious differences were observed in behaviours in the sections of the house where the different enrichments were placed, and no obvious physical damage was observed that could be due to the enrichments. To conclude, the slower growing broilers seemed to prefer platforms over perches to rest on. Platforms can be provided in addition to the Lucerne (or straw or hay) bales that are currently used as enrichment.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameLivestock research report
PublisherWageningen UR Livestock Research
No.810

Keywords

  • broilers
  • broiler production
  • animal behaviour
  • animal housing design
  • environmental enrichment
  • animal housing
  • applied research
  • poultry
  • poultry farming
  • animal welfare

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