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Effects of Housing Systems on Behaviour, Performance and Welfare of Fast-growing Broilers
- Zhao, Zi-Guang (School of Animal Science and Technology, Northeast Agricultural University) ;
- Li, Jian-Hong (School of Animal Science and Technology, Northeast Agricultural University) ;
- Li, Xiang (School of Animal Science and Technology, Northeast Agricultural University) ;
- Bao, Jun (School of Animal Science and Technology, Northeast Agricultural University)
- Received : 2013.03.24
- Accepted : 2013.07.16
- Published : 2014.01.01
This experiment aimed to evaluate the effects of different housing systems on behavioral activities, welfare and meat quality of fast-growing broilers. Two hundred broilers were allocated into two housing systems: indoor housing vs indoor with outdoor access. Their general behavior (feeding, drinking, fighting, standing, lying, walking, investigating, dust-bathing and preening) was observed, and tonic immobility, fluctuating asymmetry of legs and wings were measured, and meat quality was analyzed. The results showed that the indoor-housed broilers with outdoor access had significant higher standing, walking, investigating, dust-bathing and preening than those indoor only. However, farming system was not found to significantly affect their feeding, drinking and fighting activities (p>0.05). The value of FA of tibia length of the broilers with outdoor access was significantly lower than that of the indoor-housed birds (
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