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The effects of modifying the amount of human contact on behavioural, physiological and production responses of laying hens

By J. L. Barnett, P. H. Hemsworth, D. P. Hennessy, T. H. McCallum, E. A. Newman

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Abstract

White Leghorn x Australorp hens given minimal exposure to humans (regular, but limited, human contact during egg collection, inspections and feeding), showed greater fear of humans, a higher blood corticosterone response to handling and lower hen-day egg production (83.1 vs. 89.4

Date 1994
Publication Title Applied Animal Behaviour Science
Volume 41
Issue 1/2
Pages 87-100
ISBN/ISSN 0168-1591
Language English
Author Address Victorian Institute of Animal Science, Department of Agriculture, 475 Mickleham Road, Attwood, Vic. 3049, Australia.
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  1. Animal behavior
  2. Animal husbandry
  3. Animal welfare
  4. Birds
  5. Chickens
  6. Egg production
  7. Fear
  8. Fowls
  9. peer-reviewed
  10. Poultry
  11. Production
  12. responses
  13. Stress
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