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Water off a duck's back: Showers and troughs match ponds for improving duck welfare

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The impact of production systems on the welfare of ducks grown for meat is becoming increasingly controversial. In the UK, approximately 18 million ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) were reared for meat in 2006 (British Poultry Council, 2008; http://www.poultry.uk.com/who_ducks01.htm). Despite the association between ducks and water in the wild, there are no legal requirements for them to have water for bathing or swimming. Some have troughs in which they dip their heads and splash water onto their ...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
Role:
Author
Journal:
APPLIED ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR SCIENCE
Volume:
116
Issue:
1
Pages:
52-57
Publication date:
2009-01-15
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ISSN:
0168-1591
URN:
uuid:2ce0daeb-a412-4282-9d51-0e9a58e8c27e
Source identifiers:
210625
Local pid:
pubs:210625
Language:
English
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