Year 2017, Volume 1, Issue 3, Pages 76 - 83 2017-12-29

The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.
The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.

Erdal Matur [1] , Elif Ergül Ekiz [2] , İbrahim Akyazı [3] , Evren Eraslan [4] , Ezgi Ergen [5] , Mert Erek [6] , Bilge Acar Bolat [7] , Mukaddes Özcan [8]

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The aim of the study is to investigate whether housing laying hens in furnished cages in post-stress adaptation period causes any changes in behaviors or not.  Due to the affects of animal welfare on production performance, the relationship between behavioral changes and egg production has also been studied. In the present study, 22 weeks old, 32 laying hens were used. The hens were subjected to transport. The transport procedure, including loading and unloading took 8 hours. Just after the transportation, birds were randomly divided into two groups as furnished and conventional cages; each consists of two subgroups with 8 hens.  It was ensured that the hens in subgroups were unfamiliar with each other to induce social stress.  On the top of each cage, a camera was fixed and continuous recording was done for 24 hours for 6 days. The behavior of animals was scored by time sampling method.  Eating, drinking, resting, preening, wing flapping, tail-wagging, stretching, ground-scratching, gentle pecking, stereotyped and aggressive pecking behaviors were scored.  In addition, the locations of the hens were also determined in furnished cages.  Frequency of eating, drinking and ground-scratching behaviours significantly increased, but tail-wagging behaviour tended to increase in hens housed in furnished cages. On the other hand, resting, stretching and aggressive pecking behaviours significantly decreased in hens housed in furnished cages.  In addition, the use of perch and nest rate in furnished cages significantly increased from the second day. In the conclusion, cage furnishing improves some comfort behaviour such as ground-scratching and tail wagging and decreasing aggressive pecking in laying hens. Therefore, it would be beneficial to keep stress exposed hens in furnished cages in the post-stress adaptation period.

The aim of the study is to investigate whether housing laying hens in furnished cages in post-stress adaptation period causes any changes in behaviors or not.  The aim of the study is to investigate whether housing laying hens in furnished cages in post-stress adaptation period causes any changes in behaviors or not.  Due to the affects of animal welfare on production performance, the relationship between behavioral changes and egg production has also been studied. In the present study, 22 weeks old, 32 laying hens were used. The hens were subjected to transport. The transport procedure, including loading and unloading took 8 hours. Just after the transportation, birds were randomly divided into two groups as furnished and conventional cages; each consists of two subgroups with 8 hens.  It was ensured that the hens in subgroups were unfamiliar with each other to induce social stress.  On the top of each cage, a camera was fixed and continuous recording was done for 24 hours for 6 days. The behavior of animals was scored by time sampling method.  Eating, drinking, resting, preening, wing flapping, tail-wagging, stretching, ground-scratching, gentle pecking, stereotyped and aggressive pecking behaviors were scored.  In addition, the locations of the hens were also determined in furnished cages.  Frequency of eating, drinking and ground-scratching behaviours significantly increased, but tail-wagging behaviour tended to increase in hens housed in furnished cages. On the other hand, resting, stretching and aggressive pecking behaviours significantly decreased in hens housed in furnished cages.  In addition, the use of perch and nest rate in furnished cages significantly increased from the second day. In the conclusion, cage furnishing improves some comfort behaviour such as ground-scratching and tail wagging and decreasing aggressive pecking in laying hens. Therefore, it would be beneficial to keep stress exposed hens in furnished cages in the post-stress adaptation period.

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Primary Language en
Subjects Veterinary
Journal Section Research Articles
Authors

Author: Erdal Matur (Primary Author)
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Elif Ergül Ekiz
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: İbrahim Akyazı
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Evren Eraslan
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Ezgi Ergen
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Mert Erek
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Bilge Acar Bolat
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


Author: Mukaddes Özcan
Institution: Istanbul University
Country: Turkey


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APA Matur, E , Ekiz, E , Akyazı, İ , Eraslan, E , Ergen, E , Erek, M , Acar Bolat, B , Özcan, M . (2017). The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.. Journal of Istanbul Veterinary Sciences, 1 (3), 76-83. DOI: 10.30704/http-www-jivs-net.363189
MLA Matur, E , Ekiz, E , Akyazı, İ , Eraslan, E , Ergen, E , Erek, M , Acar Bolat, B , Özcan, M . "The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.". Journal of Istanbul Veterinary Sciences 1 (2017): 76-83 <http://dergipark.org.tr/http-www-jivs-net/issue/31221/363189>
Chicago Matur, E , Ekiz, E , Akyazı, İ , Eraslan, E , Ergen, E , Erek, M , Acar Bolat, B , Özcan, M . "The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.". Journal of Istanbul Veterinary Sciences 1 (2017): 76-83
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ISNAD Matur, Erdal , Ekiz, Elif Ergül , Akyazı, İbrahim , Eraslan, Evren , Ergen, Ezgi , Erek, Mert , Acar Bolat, Bilge , Özcan, Mukaddes . "The effects of furnished cages on the behaviour of laying hens in the post-stress adaptation period.". Journal of Istanbul Veterinary Sciences 1 / 3 (December 2017): 76-83. https://doi.org/10.30704/http-www-jivs-net.363189