Social Space for Domestic Animals / Edition 1 available in Hardcover
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Social space in farm animals was the subject of the semi nar held in Brussels, on January 10 - 11, 1985, at the Commis sion of the European Communities (C. E. C. ), Directorate General for Agriculture. As part of the work of the Division for the Coordination of Agricultural Research, the seminar was organi zed in the context of the various problems bearing relevance to animal welfare. Also, one of its main purports was to pre sent experimental results which were obtained in various labo ratories working in a CEC research programme on social space, particularly on the spatial requirements of laying hens in battery cages. These results are presented in section II of the proceedings, and section III offers similar results in other domestic animals such as pigs, dairy cows, and sheep. These contributions have focused on the problems raised by density, selected as a major variable among those present in current farm animal housing. In contrast to other books devoted to wel fare and stress of farm livestock, the present one emphasizes the relation between spatial measures (group size and floor area per animal) and social behaviour or social structure in domestic animals. The second objective of the seminar was to provide and discuss available information from experiments on social space in laboratory species and in domestic animals observed in non intensive environments.
Table of ContentsSession I : Problems Related to the Study of Social Space.- by Chairman.- On The Interpretation and Significance of Behavioural and Physiological Indicators of Stress Related to Social Space in Domestic Animals.- Social Space : The Need for a New Look at Animal Communication.- Discussion Report.- Session II : Experimental Results from Research on Laying Hens.- by Chairman.- Some Factors Influencing Spacing in Domestic Fowl in a Semi-Natural Environment.- Spacing Patterns of Laying Hens Kept at Different Densities in Battery Cages.- Effects of Stocking Density on Production and Social Behaviour in Laying Hens.- Effect of Group Size on Behaviour and Production of Egg Layers at Constant Space per Hen in Deep and Shallow Cages.- Social Space in Small Groups of Laying Hens.- Discussion Report.- Session III : Applied Ethological Research on Farm Animals Other than Poultry.- by Chairman.- Social Space Requirements of Pigs.- Effects of Confinement upon Behavioural, Hormonal Responses and Production Indices in Fattening Pigs.- Physiological Aspects of Social Space in Heifers and Pigs.- The Effect of Extra Space on the Behaviour of Dairy Cows Kept in a Cubicle House.- Investigations on Social Space in Open and Restricted Environments in Sheep.- Discussion Report.- Session IV : Some Basic Topics for Future Research.- by Chairman.- Experiments on Behavioural and Cognitive Processes Involved in Social Space of Laying Hens at the Beginning of the Laying Period.- Control Systems for Coping at Critical Densities.- A Basic Approach of Space-Behaviour Relationships in Mammals.- Contribution of Comparative Psychology to Spatial Indicators of Welfare.- Discussion Report.- List of Participants.