Articles | Volume 61, issue 1
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 9–16, 2018
Arch. Anim. Breed., 61, 9–16, 2018

Original study 16 Jan 2018

Original study | 16 Jan 2018

Effects of different floor housing systems on the welfare of fast-growing broilers with an extended fattening period

Enver Çavuşoğlu et al.

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This research was conducted to establish whether flooring systems, i.e., plastic, could be good alternatives to deep litter. What we have found is that in terms of some animal welfare parameters, such as footpad dermatitis and hock joint dermatitis, slatted floor housing can be a good alternative. However, as the birds get heavier, some other welfare problems occur, such as lesions on the breast and shoulder.