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Controlling Vent Trauma With Stockwound Sprays

Published Authors R.J. Bishop Organisation Agriculture Western Australia Research Timing Apr 2001 Category Tag Export to PDF

Recent studies found that vent cannibalism was the biggest cause of loss in laying hens. Beak trimming, at two life stage intervals has been used as a means of controlling the problem. However, there is limited information available on the effects of a second beak trimming on subsequent egg production. 

A variety of different treatments for hens suffering vent trauma have been implemented over the years, however these technologies are not always properly investigated and sometimes not put into practice. This study demonstrated that spraying stockwound spray on hens suffering vent trauma can be beneficial and can substitute for beak trimming a second time.