Overview Feather pecking

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  1. Description: What is feather pecking?
    1. Description
    2. Gentle feather pecking
    3. Severe feather pecking
    4. Cannibalistic pecking
    5. Vent pecking
    6. Aggressive pecking
    7. Further reading
  2. Signs of injurious pecking
    1. Feather pecking behaviour
    2. Feather damage
    3. Damaged feathers caused by the system
    4. Moult or damage?
    5. Feather scoring
      1. During rearing
      2. During the laying period
    6. Training material
  3. Mechanism
    1. Redirected foraging behaviour
    2. How does it develop
    3. Stress/triggers
  4. Risk factors
    1. A good start
      1. Rearing
        1. Litter
        2. Early access to litter
        3. Maintaining litter quality
        4. Light
        5. System
        6. Environmental enrichment during rearing
      2. Placement
        1. Matching rearing and lay
        2. Early access to range
    2. Housing
      1. Housing system
        1. Indoor system
        2. Covered veranda
        3. Free range
        4. Functional zones
      2. Furnishment
        1. Litter
        2. Perches
        3. Nests
      3. Light
        1. Source
        2. Intensity
        3. Colour
        4. Dimming of light
    3. Management
      1. Group effects
        1. Group size
        2. Stocking density
      2. Range
    4. Feed
      1. Feed composition
        1. Protein
        2. Fibre
      2. Managing the feed on the farm
        1. Diet change
        2. Feed form
        3. Number of feedings/day
        4. Feed rationing
      3. (Feed) additives
        1. Roughage
        2. Grain in litter
        3. (Lime) stones
      4. Pecking objects
        1. Pecking blocks
        2. Other pecking objects
    5. Health
      1. Healthy birds
        1. Gut health
        2. Vaccinations
      2. Disease pressure
        1. Litter condition
        2. Climate
        3. Poultry density
        4. Contact with other animals
      3. Parasites
        1. Red mites
        2. Worms
        3. Other parasites
      4. Human-animal relationship
      5. Fearfulness
    6. Climate
      1. Light
      2. Daylight
    7. Bird-related factors
      1. Genetics
  5. Treatment
    1. Prevention
    2. Measures
    3. Treating affected birds
  6. Importance
    1. Mortality
    2. Beak trimming
    3. Economics
  7. Further reading

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