Nesting Behavior and Egg Production Pattern of Laying Hens in Enriched Colony Housing

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • Jofran Oliveira
  • Hongwei Xin
  • Yang Zhao
  • Lihua Li
  • Kaesey Glaess

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting
Place of PublicationSt. Joseph, Michigan
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
ISBN (Print)9781510828759
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameASABE Annual International Meeting
PublisherAmerican Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers

Conference

Title2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting
PlaceUnited States
CityOrlando
Period17 - 20 July 2016

Abstract

Alternative housing systems for laying hens are increasingly adopted by the US egg industry. However, information still lacks with regards to behavioral and production responses of the hens to resources allocation in such alternative housing systems. The objective of this study was to characterize the nesting behavior and the location of the eggs laid in an enriched colony housing (ECH) system. The experiment was conducted in laboratory scale, involving an ECH commercial module with the capacity of 60 hens per colony. The nesting behavior was evaluated using UHF RFID that consists of 4 antennas located on both sides of the nest box, one reader, and 60 individual transponders (one per bird). The following behaviors were quantified: Time spent in the nest box, maximum occupancy, oviposition time and place, number of visits, and number of visits per eggs laid in the nest box. Information from this study will provide insight into the value of nest box provision and design criteria. The monitoring system also allows for evaluation of nest box size effect on egg-laying behavior of the hens.

Research Area(s)

  • Animal welfare, Poultry production, RFID

Citation Format(s)

Nesting Behavior and Egg Production Pattern of Laying Hens in Enriched Colony Housing. / Oliveira, Jofran; Xin, Hongwei; Zhao, Yang et al.
2016 ASABE Annual International Meeting. St. Joseph, Michigan: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, 2016. 162456546 (ASABE Annual International Meeting).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review