4. Freedom To Express Normal Behavior
We continue to study alternative breeds this year and developed a behavior rating system to identify behavioral tendencies of different breeds.
We studied the effect of additional space on behavior, including activity level and type, enrichments use, bird performance, and whether feeder space affects bird feeding behavior.
Following our belief that more-active chickens are healthier chickens, we continue to progress toward our goal of increased bird activity in our chicken houses. This year we studied enrichments to see if they further increase activity beyond that provided by natural light.
We exceeded our goal to have windows in 35 percent of houses raising our chickens and now have windows in 48 percent of houses.
We're continuing to expand the number of farms with free-range, outdoor access with a goal of 25 percent of houses having outdoor access by January 2020.
We asked farmers to design better enrichments for our chickens through the Chicken Welfare Enrichment Design Contest and received innovative designs.
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