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The development of feather pecking behaviour and targeting of pecking in chicks from a high and low feather pecking line of laying hens



The development of feather pecking behaviour and targeting of pecking in chicks from a high and low feather pecking line of laying hens



Applied Animal Behaviour Science 77(3): 183-196



Large individual differences between adult laying hens in their propensity for feather pecking are known to exist. However, not much research has been carried out into the individual differences concerning the development of feather pecking behaviour. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether contrasting levels of feather pecking, observed among adult birds from two lines of laying hens, already occur at an early age.

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DOI: 10.1016/s0168-1591(02)00046-1


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