Rearing hens in furnished cages
At the Provincial Centre for Practical Applied Poultry Research of the province of Antwerp enriched cages are used in real circumstances and in accordance with European guidelines. During the experiments production, quality and health of the animals are evaluated as well as behaviour. In this research two types of cages are used, those provided with feed troughs and those with feeding pans. All cages have a laying nest, perches, scratching materials and dust bathing facilities.