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Avivets News

Dec 21, 2017

Cage fighting: vets divided over poultry management


UK chief vet Nigel Gibbens has defended the use of colony hen cages, with the support of Avivets, to ward against avian influenza after being accused by some vets of showing ‘brazen endorsement’ for caging. The article from Vet Record is available here.

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UK chief vet Nigel Gibbens has defended the use of colony hen cages, with the support of Avivets, to ward against avian influenza after being accused by some vets of showing ‘brazen endorsement’ for caging. The article from Vet Record is available here.

He said: ‘Free range can be great for welfare if done well, but it isn’t the only way and more work is needed on barn production.

‘It is all too easy to promote simplistic solutions to difficult problems and deny the tension between free-range systems and disease risk.’

Avivets, an independent poultry vet organisation, tweeted that its recent inspections had found more stress, injury and disease in 275,000 free-range hens compared with 350,000 colony hens. Gibbens retweeted this comment.

Avivets said: ‘Many in this discussion picture birds in idyllic backyard or artisanal production. At commercial scale, free range is a bit different, with thousands of birds sharing a shed and access to acres of open range.’