Behavior of Backyard Flocks

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Date: 
2007
Volume: 
47
Number: 
11

 

So now that you have established your backyard flock, you will observe that they will perform different activities during the day. The activities that the hens perform under natural conditions are done with a purpose. In this issue of “Backyard Poultry Tip” we will give an insight of some of these behaviors and their importance to the hen’s welfare. Natural behavior can be defined as any behavior that is exhibited under natural conditions. These activities may be done purely for pleasure or it might be necessary for biological functions. Some of these activities include; foraging, pre-laying and nesting behavior, perching, and comfort behavior.