Beak trimming is the removal of part of the top and bottom beak of a bird. It is also called “debeaking”, although this term is inaccurate as only part of the beak is. Debeaking S.C. White Leghorn pullets at 12 or 16 weeks of age produced Poultry Science, Volume 54, Issue 3, 1 May , Pages – Poultry farmers have concerns about the possibility of keeping non-debeaked laying hens without a loss of production performance. A Dutch.

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Beak Trimming of Poultry in Small and Backyard Poultry Flocks

The short and long-term changes in behavior, particularly the substantial decrease in activities involving the beak and the increase in inactivity particularly in the first week after the operation, suggests that the birds are suffering severe pain. In some factory farms, the birds are not only debeaked, their toes are clipped too, using the same hot knife machine.

Reduction is in single digit percentiles, whereas improvement of conditions especially in layer colonies will cease problematic behavior entirely. The benefits of beak trimming are mainly welfare advantages for birds kept in close confinement, some of which directly relate to increases or reduced decreases in production.

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Performance of free range laying hens in a polythene house and their behaviour on range. The beak of most poultry species is a very specialized organ.

Severe beak trimming, or beak trimming birds at an older age is thought to cause chronic pain. Effects of bill-trimming Muscovy ducks on behavior, body weight gain, and bill morphopathology.

Here’s why beak trimming of chicks in poultry farms is a senseless act of cruelty

Cruelty to animals Animal rights Animal welfare Ethology Poultry farming. There are currently four widely used methods of beak trimming: The birds pecked less at the environment after amputation than before and this difference can be interpreted as guarding behavior of a painful area of the body, similar to that seen in man and other animals Infrared – Infrared light is used to damage the beak so that the tip falls off.


Figure 1 shows a beak that has not been trimmed. Behavioural evidence of pain after beak trimming in layer hen chicks has been based on the observed reduction in pecking behavior, reduced activity and social behavior, and increased sleep duration. Beak trimming egg-laying strains of chickens. In the groups debeaked at day-old, feed consumed in the period to 20 weeks of age was reduced by grams per pullet and a gram reduction in body weight persisted through 35 weeks of age.

The tendency to cannibalism and feather pecking varies among different strains of chickens, but does not manifest itself consistently. Beak trimming is most common in egg-laying strains of chickens. Purchase Subscription prices and ordering Short-term Access To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above.

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The tissue between the bone and the outer horny layer contains many nerves. Or your palate blistered, or your tongue cut off? There is no physiological basis for this assertion.

Self-administration of an analgesic does not alleviate pain in beak trimmed chickens. Beak trimming has been used with many types of poultry, including laying hens, turkeys, ducks, and quail.

The tip of the beak is blunted so that the natural behavior of chicks to peck at each other does not result in significant damage to the birds. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by runs. In other projects Wikimedia Debeakimg. Beak trimming method and drinking system and debeakjng effect on the performance and egg quality of Japanese quails.


Guarding behavior can also be used to explain the reduction in head shaking and beak wiping following amputation.

This page was last edited on 17 Augustat Head shaking is a behavior commonly associated with feeding and drinking and, like beak wiping, it functions to remove food particles or irritant substances from the mouth or surface of the beak The latter two methods usually remove only the tip of the beak and do not leave an open wound, therefore they may offer improvements in welfare. Also, the labourers employed in a poultry puoltry are illiterate, coarse and insensitive, as most of the butchers.

For example, East Bay Animal Advocates ebaa. However, the British Farm Animal Welfare Council endorses the infrared method as a preferred choice for beak trimming in rebeaking of animal welfare. It can cause starve outs, feed wastage and even the cannibalism it was to prevent. States that ” A different form of cannibalism is now being observed in beak-trimmed birds kept in poultfy.

Beak trimming in poultry: Countless other experiments have never been published. Beak trimming was used in Denmark until when it was phased out and made illegal. An excessively hot blade causes blisters in the mouth.

The authors conclude that “the behavioral data presented here together with the recent neural data Breward and Gental,suggest that the idea of beak trimming being a short-lived discomfort for the bird, may be far from accurate.