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Characteristics of Vocalizations of Laying Hen Related with Space in Battery Cage

케이지 내 사육 공간의 차이에 따른 산란계의 음성 특성

  • Son, Seung-Hun (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Shin, Ji-Hye (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Kim, Min-Jin (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Kang, Jeong-Hoon (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Rhim, Shin-Jae (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University) ;
  • Paik, In-Kee (Department of Animal Science and Technology, Chung-Ang University)
  • 손승훈 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과) ;
  • 신지혜 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과) ;
  • 김민진 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과) ;
  • 강정훈 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과) ;
  • 임신재 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과) ;
  • 백인기 (중앙대학교 동물자원과학과)
  • Received : 2009.07.02
  • Accepted : 2009.08.28
  • Published : 2009.10.01

Abstract

This study was conducted to clarify the characteristics of vocalization of laying hen related with space in battery cage. The size of cages were classified into control (0.30 m ${\times}$ 0.14 m ${\times}$ 0.55 m, length ${\times}$ width ${\times}$ height), small (0.21 m ${\times}$ 0.14 m ${\times}$ 0.55 m) and large (0.30 m ${\times}$ 0.30 m ${\times}$ 0.55 m) size. Vocalization of 16 individuals of laying hen in each group of Hy-Line Brown (80 week old) were recorded 3 hours per day (10:00am~11:00am, 3:00pm~4:00pm and 7:00pm~8:00pm) using digital recorder and microphone during October 2008 and February 2009. Characteristics of frequency, intensity and duration of vocalization were analyzed by GLM (general linear model) and Duncan's multi-test. There were differences in basic and maximum frequency, and intensity based on analysis of spectrogram and spectrum among different cage sizes. Vocalization of laying hen would be one of the indicators to understand the stress caused by rearing space in batter cage.

Keywords

Battery cage;Laying hen;Space;Vocalization

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국학술진흥재단

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