Animal enrichment: Laying hens

In the May 2016 issue of Jr. Animal Scientist magazine, you can learn all about animal enrichment. Animal enrichment is a way to help an animal express its natural instincts or behaviors.

Scraaaatch

Exploring can be a lot of fun. Birds explore their surroundings and find food by scratching at the dirt with their feet.

Laying hens don’t have to worry about finding food since the farmer feeds them. However, they still like to scratch and investigate their surroundings. Furnished cages don’t have dirt floors, but there are small areas called scratching pads that allow the birds to perform this exploratory behavior.

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