Injury

Includes keel bone fractures, lameness, lesions to skin, hock, or skin, etc.

O’Leary, N. W., Byrne, D. T., Garcia, P. et al. 2020. Grazing cow behavior’s association with mild and moderate lameness. Animals 10(4), 661.

Accelerometer-based mobility scoring has focused on cow behaviors such as lying and walking. Accuracy levels as high as 91% have been previously reported. However, there has been limited replication of results. Here, measures previously identified...

Wendler, P., Ertl, N., Flügger, M. et al. 2020. Influencing factors on the foot health of captive Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in European zoos. Zoo Biology 39(2), 109-120.

Pathological lesions of feet occur frequently in captive elephant populations. To improve foot health, it is important to identify risk factors associated with such pathologies. Several previous studies have analyzed potentially influencing factors but were...

Ekesbo, I., Gunnarsson, S. 2018. Farm Animal Behaviour: Characteristics for Assessment and Welfare, 2nd edition. CABI, Oxfordshire, UK.

Completely updated and revised, and with a new author team, this second edition of Farm Animal Behaviour continues to provide essential information on normal and stereotypic behaviors in a wide variety of farm animals to...

Armstrong, E. A., Rufener, C., Toscano, M. J. et al. 2020. Keel bone fractures induce a depressive-like state in laying hens. Scientific Reports 10(1), 3007.

In commercial flocks of laying hens, keel bone fractures (KBFs) are prevalent and associated with behavioural indicators of pain. However, whether their impact is severe enough to induce a depressive-like state of chronic stress is...

Baker, S. L., Robison, C. I., Karcher, D. M. et al. 2020. Keel impacts and associated behaviors in laying hens. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 222, 104886.

Factors contributing to the development of keel bone damage are not well understood. This study aimed to identify behaviors and cage structures associated with acceleration events experienced by individual hens at their keels as the...

Jones, P., Tahamtani, F., Pedersen, I. et al. 2020. The productivity and financial impacts of eight types of environmental enrichment for broiler chickens. Animals 10(3), 378.

Reduced mobility in broilers can contribute to leg health problems. Environmental enrichment has been suggested as one approach to combat this through stimulating increased physical activity. Past studies have tested the effect of environmental enrichments...