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Species: laying hens

Compendium: The complete guide to laying hens

Collection of resources about laying hens and how they are farmed. Find out about the life of a hen from birth to slaughter, welfare issues and key statistics.

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Controlling feather pecking without beak trimming

This report reviews the evidence from the scientific literature and from practical experience which demonstrates that feather pecking and cannibalism can be controlled in non-cage…

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Laying Hens Case Study: United Kingdom

This case study gives an account of how beak trimming of laying hens in Columbian Blacktail hens is being phased out without an increase in feather pecking or cannibalism.

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Welfare Implications of Beak Trimming

3 page briefing on the welfare implications of beak trimming by hot blade and infra-red beam.

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Laying Hens Case Study: Austria

An Account of the Successful Phasing Out of Beak Trimming Without Increasing Problems of Injurious Pecking in Austria.

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Alternatives to the Barren Battery Cage in the EU

This report looks at the scientific evidence to assess the ability of enriched cages and non-cage systems to meet the welfare requirements of laying hens.

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Practical Alternatives to Battery Cages for Laying Hens

Case studies of practical alternatives to the battery cage from Belgium, France, Spain, Sweden, and the UK.

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Brittle bones: Osteoporosis and the Battery Cage

Uses results from published scientific studies to show that confinement in battery cages prevents hens from exercising their limbs and is the main cause of hens suffering broken…

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