Fully beaked layers do not tolerate feeding mistakes

Fully beaked layers do not tolerate feeding mistakes

Proper nutrition, lighting strategies, red mite control, ranging and the use of white hen breeds can reduce the welfare concerns of feather pecking among laying hens. (Zoe Kay)

It is important to consider the nutritional implications of a beak trimming ban.

While feather pecking is a welfare issue itself, the practice of beak trimming is also under scrutiny. There are many reasons why pecking behaviors start, but one under control of nutritionists is the potential drive to find another source of protein or fiber. Optimal diet formulation is essential in both rear and lay. Deficiencies, particularly in amino acids, or a lack of fiber could result in feather pecking as birds seek the nutrients that they need. However, a ban on the practice driven by market pressure is particularly difficult in non-cage laying systems where bird interactions are much greater.

Read the full article at: Feed Strategy | September 2020