Studying factors responsible for hens’ stress
The welfare of birds in the poultry industry is of vital importance since it affects the quality of eggs, productivity and health of the hens. In addition, consumers want to purchase eggs from hens kept in high welfare conditions. However, according to experts, commercially-housed laying hens may be exposed to chronic stress, due to housing conditions that result in undesirable outcomes such as higher levels of keel bone damage and feather pecking. The EU-funded CHICKENSTRESS project aims to study factors responsible for hens’ stress and what makes them stress-resistant. The project will create an international network of experts in avian brain research, genetics, laying hen welfare and the poultry industry. It will train researchers with advanced knowledge in hen farming, environmental factors related to egg production, and hen welfare.
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Funding SchemeMSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks
5831 CK Boxmeer
CA11 0EE Penrith