Type: Book

Instant Insights: Poultry housing systems


Dr Victoria Sandilands



Publication date:

16 November 2021

Length of book:

138 pages

ISBN-13: 9781801462211

Paperback - £37.99
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This collection features five peer-reviewed literature reviews on poultry housing systems.

The first chapter reviews current poultry housing systems and the recent emergence of enriched cages and cage-free systems. It explores the impact of conventional cages on bird health and welfare, looking primarily at bone health.

The second chapter examines the impact of different housing systems on the safety and quality of eggs. It reviews how hen housing and flock management can affect indicator populations, foodborne pathogens and chemical contamination.

The third chapter considers the relationship between housing conditions and management in the rearing and production of broilers. It reviews the major welfare issues related to the housing of broilers, including feed and water restriction.

The fourth chapter discusses current environmental enrichment strategies implemented in poultry production. The chapter details the benefits of these strategies, as well as their role in contributing to more sustainable production models.

The final chapter reviews current knowledge on perching behaviour of chickens, as well as the associated risks to bird health and welfare that arise with the use of elevated structures, such as keel bone damage.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 - Welfare issues in poultry housing and management: laying hens: Victoria Sandilands, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), UK;
1 Introduction 2 Conventional cages 3 Enriched cages 4 Cage-free housing 5 Conclusion 6 Where to look for further information 7 References
Chapter 2 - The effects of laying hen housing systems on egg safety and quality: Deana R. Jones, US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, USA; 1 Introduction 2 Indicator organisms in monitoring egg safety 3 Salmonella spp. 4 Other pathogens and chemical contaminants 5 Egg quality 6 Summary 7 Future trends in research 8 References
Chapter 3 - Broiler breeding flocks: management and animal welfare: Ingrid C. de Jong and Rick A. van Emous, Wageningen Livestock Research, The Netherlands; 1 Introduction 2 Housing conditions and management in the rearing period 3 Housing conditions and management in the production period 4 Welfare issues: restricted feeding and water restriction 5 Welfare issues: excisions, mating behaviour and quality of feather cover 6 Environmental enrichment 7 Vaccinations 8 Transgenerational effects 9 Concluding remarks 10 Where to look for further information 11 References
Chapter 4 - The contribution of environmental enrichment to sustainable poultry production: Inma Estevez, Neiker-Tecnalia and Ikerbasque (The Basque Foundation for Science), Spain ; and Ruth C. Newberry , Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway; 1 Introduction 2 Structural complexity: an introduction 3 Structural complexity: cover panels 4 Structural complexity: perches, barriers and ramps 5 Other benefits of structural complexity 6 Visual enrichment through lighting 7 Foraging enrichments 8 Comfort behaviour enrichments 9 Enrichment and use of outdoor areas 10 Discussion 11 Conclusions 12 References
Chapter 5 - The role of perches in chicken welfare: Lars Schrader and Julia Malchow, Institute of Animal Welfare and Animal Husbandry – Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Germany; 1 Introduction 2 Why do chickens perch? 3 Ontogeny of perching 4 Anatomic prerequisites for perching 5 Properties of perches: the chicken's view 6 Elevated structures in pullet and layer housing 7 Elevated structures in broiler housing 8 Conclusions 9 Future trends in research 10 References