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Effects of feeding frequency on the feeding behavior of laying hens



Effects of feeding frequency on the feeding behavior of laying hens



Japanese Journal of Zootechnical Science 57(11): 925-930



To clarify how the mode of feed administration effects the feeding behavior of hens, a comparison was made of this behavior from the time before feeding to that after feeding, following the feeding schedule of zero, one, two and three or six times per day. The daily feed intake, number of pecks at feed, time spent pecking at feed, number of pecking bouts and diurnal patterns of feed intake were found to be essentially the same in all cases. However, food tampering decreased following the first feeding when the number of feed administrations was from 1 to 3 per day. It was concluded that feed administration has effects on feeding behavior itself, but behavioral habituation may occur toward an increase in the number of feeding times.

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