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Etat des lieux et voies de progrès pour limiter le picage chez la poule pondeuse

Abstract : The beak-trimming is systematically practiced in France on laying hens in order to limit the negative consequences of severe pecking behaviour. However, this practice is being challenged by civil society and is being banned in several European countries. In this context, the project named “Epointage”, was initiated in order to test different ways of progress with the objective of limiting severe pecking in laying hens. This study took place between 2015 and 2018 and began with an epidemiological survey. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of severe pecking problems in French laying hen farms (free-range with outdoor access and furnished cages) as well as better understand the factors associated with this behavior. Another part of this study aimed at proposing practical solutions for farmers to raise unbeak-trimmed hens while preserving their welfare and health, by testing the effects of different enrichment solutions for pullets and laying hens. To meet these needs, three experimental tests were carried out. The main results of this work are presented in this synthesis and have led to recommendations in technical sheets.
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A. Mika, Maryse Guinebretière, Justine Coton, A-C Lefort, C. Lebourhis, et al.. Etat des lieux et voies de progrès pour limiter le picage chez la poule pondeuse. Innovations Agronomiques, INRAE, 2020, 79, pp.281-297. ⟨10.15454/w531-bx03⟩. ⟨hal-03137809⟩



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