Early life experiences of laying hens can have an influence on lifetime productivity.

July 14, 2023

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Is it possible to build a better laying hen? Perhaps so, according to University of Guelph researchers.

During the Poultry Science Assn. annual meeting in Philadelphia earlier this week,  Drs. Tina Widowski and Ana Rentsch shared their findings on how bird welfare can influence bird productivity throughout the bird's lifetime. Their work has shown how a modification of early life experience along with attention to bird welfare and health can make a difference particularly when paired with specific housing systems. The results they were reporting on at PSA were largely focused on birds being house in aviaries. 

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