This book consolidates the welfare and production issues associated with beak trimming in poultry. It outlines the reasons for beak trimming, history of the practice and new methods under development. The focus of the book is on the welfare issues associated with the practice. An assessment is made of the ethics of beak trimming and cannibalism. The contributors examine beak anatomy, acute and chronic pain and the physiological changes in the bird associated with beak trimming. Other areas covered include an evaluation of production, egg quality and health of birds relative to the severity and method of beak trimming.
Beak trimming has been banned in some countries and is being phased out in others. A section in the book is devoted to an examination of alternatives to beak trimming. The contributors report genetic, environmental enrichment, nutritional and lighting strategies that could be used to replace beak trimming, and offer practical solutions, including the use of fitted devices and beak abrasives.
The volume is an important information source on beak trimming for scientists, students, welfare groups, policy makers, poultry industry leaders and the community. It will improve knowledge on why, when and how birds are trimmed and responses of birds to trimming. Consumers, media and policy makers will get a better understanding of beak trimming and the alternatives methods to support sound debate on the issue.