The advice provided by FeatherWel is based on evidence from scientific papers and in consultation with veterinary surgeons and industry bodies. The FeatherWel and other feather pecking advice guides are available as pdf downloads on the right of the page. A list of the latest publications concerning FeatherWel and links to the full papers can be found below.
1. Nicol, CJ, Bestman, M, Gilani, AM, De Haas, E, De Jong, IC, Lambton, S, Wagenaar, JP, Weeks, CA & Rodenburg, TB. (2013). The prevention and control of feather pecking: application to commercial systems. Worlds Poultry Science Journal, 69: 775-788.
2. Rodenburg, TB, Van Krimpen, MM, De Jong, IC, De hass, EN, Kops, MS, Riedstra, BJ, Nordquist, RE, Wagenaar, JP, Bestman, M & Nicol, CJ. (2013). The prevention and control of feather pecking in laying hens: identifying the underlying principles. World’s Poultry Science Journal 69: 361-374
3. Lambton, SL, Nicol, CJ, Friel, M, Main, DCJ, McKinstry, JL, Sherwin, CM, Walton, J & Weeks, CA. (2013). A bespoke management package can reduce levels of injurious pecking in loose-housed laying hen flocks. The Veterinary Record, 172: 423
1. 31st Poultry Science Symposium on "Sustainable Poultry Production in Europe". 8-10th September, 2014, Chester, UK. Smothering and predation reduce sustainability of egg production. Weeks, CA et al.
2. 48th Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology. 28th July- 1st of August, 2014, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. Can a bespoke management package reduce the risk of injurious pecking occurring in flocks of intact-beaked laying hens? Walton, JL et al.
3. XIVth European Poultry Conference. 23rd -27th June, 2014, Stavanger, Norway. Can a bespoke management package reduce the risk of injurious pecking occurring in flocks of intact-beaked laying hens? Lambton, SL et al.
4. 30th Poultry Science Symposium on Alternative Systems for Poultry – Health, Welfare and Productivity. 7 - 9 September 2011, Glasgow, UK Uptake of different types of intervention aimed at reducing injurious pecking on commercial free-range laying hen farms in the UK. Weeks, CA et al.
5. World Association for the Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology meeting, Buenos Aires, August 2011. Faecal egg counts from free range hens in the UK. Stafford, K et al.
6. XVth International Congress on Animal Hygiene, Animal Hygiene and Sustainable Livestock Production. 3-7 July, 2011, Vienna, Austria. An integrated approach to reducing injurious pecking in laying hens may have multiple benefits. Walton, JL et al.
7. UFAW International Symposium Making animal welfare improvements: economic and other incentives and constraints. 28-29 June, 2011, Portsmouth, UK. Predicting the economic costs and benefits of changes aimed at reducing levels of injurious pecking on free-range layer farms. Weeks, CA et al. AND Facilitating changes to reduce injurious pecking on free-range layer farms. McKinstry, JL et al.
8. BSAS Best‐practice Knowledge Transfer. 3 March, 2011, Worcester, UK. Evolving strategies and incentives for implementing knowledge on free-range poultry farms. Weeks, CA et al.