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The effect of wire pens, floor pens and cages on bone characteristics of laying hens



The effect of wire pens, floor pens and cages on bone characteristics of laying hens



Poult. Sci, 49: 1223-1225



Groups of hens of two breeds were fed the same basal diet and kept for five months in the three different types of housing. Some caged birds were given 10% faeces with their normal diet, but this recycling of nutrients (as in the birds kept in floor pens with litter) did not influence bone characteristics. Caged birds had lower tibial breaking strength, tibial ash percentage and body weight than the other hens, although they consumed 10% more food.

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