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Human contact and fear responses in laying hens

By L. E. Edwards, P. H. Hemsworth, G. J. Coleman

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Human-animal interactions were studied at nine Australian farms and nine US farms. Measures of hen fear of humans, human activity in the laying shed, productivity records and shed parameters were collected at each shed. Significant differences between countries were found for shed parameters, human behaviours and bird behaviours, and after adjusting for country differences, significant correlations were found between some of these human and animal variables. While the sample size is small and caution is required in interpreting the results, these relationships support the hypothesis that a sequential relationship exists between human behaviour, bird behaviour and productivity, and that the opportunity exists to improve hen welfare and productivity by manipulating this relationship.

Date 2007
Pages 33-36
Publisher Poultry Research Foundation
Language English
Author Address Animal Welfare Science Centre, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria 3052, Australia. lauren_edwards_3@hotmail.com
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Australia
  4. Chickens
  5. Fowls
  6. Poultry
  7. United States of America