Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens

  GroupHouseNet 

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Working Group 2: Development

WG2 will focus on links between the expression of damaging behaviour, and pre-and post-natal conditions.


The objective of WG2 is to coordinate, share, and disseminate results from efforts aimed at characterising pre- and postnatal conditions that reduce damaging behaviour and assessing whether this also improves health status.


Pigs: In pigs, ongoing experimental research aims at characterising postnatal early life experiences that contribute to improving social behaviour, preventing tail biting and bellynosing, reducing aggression, and increasing play behaviour, exploratory behaviour, and health. The effects of the social experience of pigs during rearing on their later success as breeding sows adapting to different social groups is also an area of focus.


Laying hens: Ongoing experimental research in laying hens suggests that avoiding parental stress, providing light during incubation, access to dark brooders posthatching, as well as the provision of a stimulating and complex multidimensional rearing environment, will reduce the risk of aggression and feather pecking and improve health in adult birds.


For both species, GroupHouseNet will produce a comprehensive overview of research characterising maternal and early life environments that minimise the risk of damaging behaviours and improve the health status of the group-housed animals.

Working group 2 had our first group meeting at the 3rd Management Committee meeting in Belgrade, November 2016. A report of our meeting can be seen here.

Management committee members

Name
 Country
 Position
  Joanne Edgar
  United Kingdom
  Chair
  Ivan Dimitrov 
  Bulgaria
  Vice-chair
  Nadya Bozakova
  Bulgaria
  MC member
  Martina Lichovnikova
  Czech Republic
  MC member
  Anja Brinch Riber
  Denmark
  MC member
  Bjoern Forkman
  Denmark
  MC member
  Ragnar Leming
  Estonia
  MC member
  Armelle Prunier
  France
  MC member
  Evangelia Sossidou
  Greece
  MC member
  Ilaria Fontana
  Italy
  MC member
  Valentina Ferrante
  Italy
  MC member
  Violeta Juskiene
  Lithuania
  MC member
  Dimitar Nakov
  Macedonia
  MC member
  Andrew Janczak
  Norway
  MC member
  Boris Bilík
  Slovakia
  MC member
  Lubor Kostal
  Slovakia
  MC member
  Inma Estevez
  Spain
  MC member
  Xavier Averos
  Spain
  MC member
  Linda Keeling
  Sweden
  MC member
  Sezen Ozkan
  Turkey
  MC member
  Sandra Edwards
  United Kingdom
  MC member