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Behavior of Chickens

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Behavior is an important subject in the management of commercial flocks. The behavior of chickens characterizes the species as much as does any anatomical attribute and is the means by which chickens cope with the environments in which they live. A chicken’s flexibility in dealing with different situations is limited by its inherent behavioral characteristics. Commercial production systems must accommodate chicken behavior or fail to achieve performance objectives. In fact, production systems rely to a great extent on the behavior of chickens, e.g., feeding behavior, sexual behavior, egg laying behavior, etc. On the other hand, many of the problems that occur in intensive production systems arise from behavior which, unfortunately, is harmful to the flock or is inappropriate to performance objectives.

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  • Dominant Male
  • Sensory Receptor
  • BEHA VIOR
  • Feed Consumption
  • Domestic Chicken

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Webster, A.B. (2002). Behavior of Chickens. In: Bell, D.D., Weaver, W.D. (eds) Commercial Chicken Meat and Egg Production. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-0811-3_6

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