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on March 22, 2021

Feather pecking in hens leads to cascade of consequences

Birds tend to eat more to compensate for lost feathers, forcing farm operators to make important decisions

Exploratory pecking and foraging may be natural behaviors in chickens, by when those natural behaviors are redirected toward flock-mates -- specifically by way of feather pecking -- there can be a “cascade of consequences” for egg producers.

Leanne Cooley, poultry scientist for Canadian egg producer L.H. Gray and Son

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