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Julia Malchow

Enriched housing conditions in rearing male chickens differing in growth performance : effects on animal behaviour and animal welfare

Universität Rostock, 2019

Abstract: Providing elevated structures can enrich and improve the environmental structure of growing chickens of different growth performances. Natural behaviour like locomotor activity, perching and roosting or exploration of chickens can also be supported. Considering leg problems as a major common issue occurring in meat chickens and the resulting reduced walking ability, the use of elevated structures may lead to increasing animal welfare through greater motivation for movement due to physical training.

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