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Broiler Environmental Enrichment Trials

In 2020, we continued our environmental enrichment field testing for broiler chickens, incorporating newly designed objects based on our past findings. Our goal was to design objects that promote natural behaviours and are well used by the birds, that are also easy to clean, biosecure, lightweight and safe.

As part of our enrichment trials, we collaborated with Dr. Elijah Kiarie from the University of Guelph to conduct bone analysis to determine the impacts of environmental enrichments on broiler leg health.

We also partnered with Dr. Martin Zuidhof through the Poultry Innovation Partnership to complete a full statistical analysis of our enrichment testing results, including bird behaviour, foot pad and hock lesions, bone strength attributes and production parameters.