In earlier days, hens and other poultry birds didn’t have the privilege of grain and water served to them on a platter – they had to forage the surrounding areas for food, and this natural behavior kept them healthy. The easy availability of food has disrupted this instinctive behavior, leading to hens developing substitute harmful behavior patterns like pecking at themselves.
To control this abnormal behavior, it’s important to modify the poultry range environment, mimicking natural foraging environment and challenging the chicken’s search for food. Read on for tips on how to create an enriched environment.
Environmental Enrichment Ideas for Poultry:
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