Advances in Poultry Welfare - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081009154

Advances in Poultry Welfare

1st Edition

Series Editors: Joy Mench
Hardcover ISBN: 9780081009154
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2017
Page Count: 390
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Table of Contents

Part One: Introduction
1 Commercial poultry production systems and their main welfare challenges
Part Two: Management: Hatch to Slaughter
2 How conditions at the hatchery affect welfare
3 Rearing young birds for adaptability
4 Slaughter – Electrical stunning
5 Slaughter – Low Atmospheric Pressure and Controlled Atmosphere Stunning
Part Three: Welfare Assessment on the Farm
6 Welfare Assessment on the Farm: Focusing on the group
7 Welfare Assessment on the Farm: Focusing on the individual
Part Four: Continuing Challenges
8 Skeletal problems
9 Feather pecking and cannibalism: can we really stop beak trimming?
10 Sustainability of laying hen housing systems
11 Stocking density – how do we judge how much space poultry need?
12 Social behavior
13 Welfare issues in turkey production
Part Five: Emerging Issues
14 Alternative parasite control methods
15 Responding to environmental stressors using genetic approaches
16 Backyard poultry production
17 Mass depopulation


Advances in Poultry Welfare fully explores developments in the key areas of poultry welfare assessment and improvement. Analyzing current topical issues, as well as reviewing the historical welfare issues, the volume is a comprehensive review of the field.

The book opens in Part One with an introduction to poultry production systems and associated welfare issues. Part Two moves on to review poultry management, from hatching to slaughter, before welfare assessment on the farm is discussed in Part Three. Part Four then explores challenges in poultry welfare, such as skeletal problems and feather pecking. This is followed by a discussion of emerging issues in the field in Part Five, with chapters covering such topics as alternative parasite control methods and genetic approaches to environmental stressor responses.

This book is an essential part of the wider ranging series Herd and Flock Welfare, with coverage of cattle, sheep, pigs, poultry and aquaculture.

With its expert editor and international team of contributors, Advances in Poultry Welfare is a key reference tool for welfare research scientists and students, practicing vets involved in welfare assessment, and indeed anyone with a professional interest in the welfare of poultry.

Key Features

  • Provides in-depth reviews of emerging topics, research and applications in poultry welfare
  • Integral part of a wider series, Advances in Agricultural Animal Welfare, which will provide comprehensive coverage of animal welfare of the world’s major farmed animals
  • Covers a range of topical issues within the field, from beak-trimming and skeletal problems, to early rearing and the design and management of poultry production systems
  • Edited by a distinguished leader in the field


Animal Welfare research scientists as well as postgraduate students, Animal production researcher scientists, Practising vets involved in welfare assessment, NGOs interested in animal welfare


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About the Series Editors

Joy Mench Series Editor

Joy Mench is professor and director of the Department of Animal Welfare at UC Davis. Her research specializes in poultry welfare, but the department at UC Davis has a focus on cattle, pig, poultry and laboratory animal welfare. She has published widely for the last three decades, and has a wide range of contacts in both academia and industry. She was the author, alongside Michael Appleby of Poultry Behaviour and Welfare; 2004; CABI Publishing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Animal Science and Director, Department of Animal Welfare, UC Davis, Davis, CA, USA