New animal welfare approach to moulting maintains immunity in layers

27-04-2004 | | |

Feed withdrawal is classically used in induce moulting in commercial layers. However, it is associated with significant immunosuppression. This practice is now considered inhumane by animal rights and other animal protection groups. A new approach has been researched.

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Keywords: management, welfare, moulting, molting, immunity, layers, feed, withdrawal, nutrition