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countries look to ban beak-tipping. An increase in
bird interaction inherent in cage-free systems can also
increase the likelihood of vices developing. Both nutritional and management techniques are key to controlling issues such as pecking. By adding structural
fiber to the diet, gut function is improved, increasing
the potential for greater nutrient digestibility. Improved
feathering also has a role to play in maintaining persistency and egg quality.
From commercial experience, there is no doubt that
offering a free-choice source of fiber is beneficial to
laying hen behavior. The use of straw bales has been
common for many years, acting as a useful distraction for
the birds to pull apart rather than pecking each other. The

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use of Lucerne that has been compressed and dehydrated
into bales is becoming popular in pullet rearing and laying
houses. Larger bales are placed on the floor, or smaller
ones hung up or held in hay nets, which are regularly
replenished. As well as a destructible enrichment, Lucerne
bales help to fulfill birds' need for fiber.

Bird wellness
The needs of a fully beaked bird are not inherently
different from one that has been tipped. However, when
faced with stressors, the potential for injurious pecking
is greater. It has been said that fully beaked birds do
not tolerate mistakes; nutrition and management needs
to be perfect. To a lesser extent, the same could be said
of the difference between intensively
reared and cage-free laying hens. Feed
nutrition:
structure is key, along with nutrient
balance and enrichment.

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Egg Industry - May 2019
7 cage-free layer nutrition issues that require attention
Feeding for success in cage-free egg production
Top Egg Company trends, statistics and predictions
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