[Animal welfare requirements for the raising and breeding of pheasants]

H Degen
DTW. Deutsche Tierärztliche Wochenschrift 1989, 96 (3): 123-4
The different husbandry systems for raising pheasants are introduced and discussed. In particular, size and shaping of aviaries are described. Some remarks are made on the critical points, e.g. individual space, stocking density, planting of aviaries, and feeding of animals. Special emphasis is put on the problem of feather picking, which may lead to a struggle for existence of the owner. Existing methods for prevention of feather picking are introduced and assessed. Finally, an assessment with respect to animal welfare is made, revealing that, in general, raising of pheasants is not in conflict with animal welfare regulations. Nevertheless, in some aspects improvements are recommended, and some of the husbandry systems and manipulations can not be tolerated from the animal welfare point of view. Further research is needed to ensure a species specific raising of pheasants on a scientific base.

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