Human handliing
Enrichment type:
social
Items Required:
you
Species:
all

Human Handliing

Provide kind, gentle care and positive socialization, even if brief, of young chicks with humans as much as possible after they hatch. By interacting with them now, it will reduce their responses to stress, which will increase their resistance to disease and allow for easier handling from a management standpoint.

Sources

  1. Gross, W. B., Siegel, P. B. 1982. Socialization as a factor in resistance to infection, feed efficiency, and response to antigen in chickens. American Journal of Veterinary Research 43, 2010-2012