publication . Article . 2014

Evaluation of Free-Range broilers using the welfare quality® protocol

ECO Sans; JF Federici; F Dahlke; CFM Molento;
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2014 Journal: issn: 1806-9061, Copyright policy
  • Publisher: Fundação APINCO de Ciência e Tecnologia Avícolas
Abstract
Scientific information on the welfare of broilers reared in alternative systems is scarce. The objective of this study was to assess the welfare of free-range broilers using the Welfare Quality® protocol. Free-range broilers reared in ten farms were observed, and measures were made in broilers of five of these farms. The collected data were transformed into scores (0-100), with higher scores indicating better welfare, except for emotional states. Prevalence percentages were calculated for the remaining data. Median (min-max) scores were 81 (63-98) for lameness, 93 (83-99) for hock burn on the farm, 100 (95-100) for plumage cleanliness, 35 (8-70) for podermatitis...
Subjects
free text keywords: protocol, scores, Animal culture, QL1-991, Veterinary medicine, SF600-1100, Feelings, free range, SF1-1100, Zoology
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publication . Article . 2014

Evaluation of Free-Range broilers using the welfare quality® protocol

ECO Sans; JF Federici; F Dahlke; CFM Molento;