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The Welfare of Farmed Ratites

This is the first book that is solely devoted to an examination of the welfare of ratites
Reveals some of mysteries of farmed flightless birds, and discusses how they cope in a farming environment
State-of-the-art contents with valuable text for scientists, students, welfare groups and industry leaders

Series: Animal Welfare Series Volume: 11

By: Phil Glatz (Editor), Christine Lunam (Editor), Irek Malecki (Editor)

175 pages, 32 colour & 38 b/w illustrations


Paperback | Aug 2013 | #208760 | ISBN-13: 9783642268519
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NHBS Price: £149.00 $188/€177 approx
Hardback | Jun 2011 | #192638 | ISBN-13: 9783642192968
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NHBS Price: £149.00 $188/€177 approx

About this book

The Welfare of Farmed Ratites reviews, for the first time, the broad range of issues that affect the welfare of commercially farmed ratites. Although ratites incorporate several families of flightless birds The Welfare of Farmed Ratites focuses on the most commonly farmed ratites, the ostrich, emu and rhea. The readers are taken on a journey through all sectors of the industry, which include breeding, incubation, hatching, brooding, rearing, growth, transport and processing, with an emphasis on husbandry and management protocols that can impact bird welfare and health.

Also discussed is the structure and sensory innervation of the skin and digits of the birds, and the potential welfare implications of industry practices on these structures. Each chapter in The Welfare of Farmed Ratites focuses on a particular aspect of the commercial farming of ratites with contributing authors from a broad range of disciplines.


- The Ethics of Farming Flightless Birds
- Breeder Welfare - The Past, Present and Future
- Natural Mating and Artificial Insemination
- Incubation and Chick Rearing
- Ostrich Nutrition and Welfare
- Welfare Issues Associated with Ratite Husbandry Practices
- The Structure and Sensory Innervation of the Integument of Ratites
- Ratite Movement
- Ratite Health - Welfare Implications
- Bird Handling, Transportation, Lairage and Slaughter: Implications for Bird Welfare and Meat Quality
- Ratite Conservation: Linking Captive-Release and Welfare

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