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Egg Production
on May 20, 2014

Reducing feather pecking in non-cage-laying flocks

Beak trimming, lighting control are common methods to reduce injurious pecking, but there are many other ways to reduce this behavior in non-cage flocks

Feather pecking occurs in the majority of free range flocks to various degrees. It is not only painful for the birds, but is associated with increased mortality. Where injurious pecking occurs, there is a higher risk of cannibalism, and the stress it causes can increase disease susceptibility and disease spread.…

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