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Pecking behaviour of different breeds of chicks in isolation

Abstract : The differences between breeds of chicks in their readiness to peck in isolation have been studied as well as the effect an early negative experience (debeaking) can have on this behaviour. Different types of stimulus were offered to domestic breeds and feral chicks. Diffrences appeared between breeds and according to the stimulus. If only seeds are offered, the broiler chicks begin pecking after the shortest time and peck the most. The less numerous pecks were observed in debeaked birds and ferals. If living prey is present, the feral chicks show the same readiness to peck as domestic breeds. Breed, experience and nature of the item offered all play therefore a role in the readiness a chick has to peck in isolation.
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Martine Hausberger, Robin B. Cumming. Pecking behaviour of different breeds of chicks in isolation. Comptes rendus de l’Académie des sciences. Série III, Sciences de la vie, Elsevier, 1989, 309 (18), pp.703-707. ⟨hal-01319781⟩



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