Synergy for preventing damaging behaviour in group housed pigs and chickens


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PhD and Postdoc course: Prenatal and early life influences on the development of damaging behaviour in pigs and laying hens

From 6 to 8 November 2017, the second training school of the European COST Action GroupHouseNet was  held at the School of Agriculture of the Basque country in Spain. The training school aimed at providing high level training for PhD students and post docs on the topic of the relationship between prenatal and early life influences on the development of damaging behaviour in pigs and hens, to present their own research, and to discuss the latest science and make new European connections.


Mon 6th Nov: 'Mechanisms'

Introduction to damaging behaviour in laying hens and pigs

Fundamental mechanisms leading to behavioural and brain changes in animals

Mechanisms of prenatal stress effects

Evening: Cocktail mixing

Tues 7th Nov: 'Development'

Wed 8th Nov: 'The way forward!'

Prevention strategies in hens and pigs, working examples and discussions on the way forward


  • Elske de Haas
  • Jo Edgar
  • Inma Estevez
  • Andrew Janczak
  • Ron de Kloet
  • Ruth Newberry
  • Knut Niebuhr
  • Kate Norman
  • Winifried Otten
  • Armelle Prunier
  • Bas Rodenburg
  • Helena Telkanranta