Improve welfare and productivity by exploiting the chickens' sense of smell
Chickens form olfactory memories and regulate their behaviour in response to
odours. The presence of a familiar odourant attracts birds and moderates fear
levels in otherwise unfamiliar surroundings. It also reduces fear of strangers
and accelerates acceptance of novel food. These findings suggest that we might
be able to use olfactory therapy to minimize certain behavioural problems in
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Keywords: climate, olfactory, odour, behaviour, smell, welfare, chickens
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