Modification of the human-broiler relationship and its potential effects on production

Anna Silvera, A Wallenbeck, Andrew Butterworth, HJ Blokhuis

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The present study was designed to investigate the effects of additional human contact on the human- animal relationship in broilers and on the birds’ productivity. A total of 1558 broiler one-day-old chicks were distributed into 12 equally sized pens at two different stocking densities (SD); calculated on estimated weight at slaughter (4 pens with 32 kg/m2 and 8 pens with 16 kg/m2 ). Six groups (2 high and 4 low SD) received Additional Human Contact (AHC),which consisted of 30 min sessions with visual human contact three days/week.. The remaining 6 groups received as little human contact as possible and served as controls. A Touch Test was used to assess the human-broiler relationship and the production parameters measured were: growth rate, mortality, feed consumption and feed conversion. The AHC-treatment had a positive effect on the quality of the HAR but failed to affect any production parameter.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalActa Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section A - Animal Science
Issue number3
Early online date15 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Issue cover date: 2016


  • Touch test
  • feed conversion
  • growth rate
  • mortality
  • human-broiler relationship
  • welfare


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