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Importance of rearing environment, space and nests for laying hens in cages

Published Authors P. Hemsworth, T. Widowski, A. Tilbrook and J. Engel Organisation University of Melbourne Research Timing 1st Jan 2009 - 1st Dec 2012 Category Tag

Due to the widespread interest of the general public in the treatment of animals, this project was conducted to determine the effects of floor space during rearing and adulthood of laying hens. There was no convincing evidence that reduced space and deprivation of nest boxes resulted in suffering, based on normality of biological functioning and preferences for space and nest boxes.