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Broiler Chickens

This section contains a welfare potential matrix of the different broiler production systems, as well as a summary of the key welfare issues of broilers.

There are also resources about the welfare of broilers in commercial systems and how to measure animal welfare outcomes and implement a leg health plan on farm.

You can also view a presentation on waterbath stunning for the halal market and a document on the humane slaughter of broiler chickens, and find further information about broiler production in the EU broiler as well as an information sheet on the consumer perception of broiler production.

You can also view a video on the science which is driving change for higher welfare broiler production.

Or find out how Compassion's welfare criteria for broiler chickens compare with other welfare schemes here.

 

Better Chicken Commitment overview

A one page summary to help producers and companies understand more about the criteria behind the Better Chicken Commitment.  

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Controlled Atmosphere Systems for Broiler Chickens

This document describes the benefits of using controlled atmosphere systems at slaughter for broiler chickens.

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The disadvantages of multi-tier colony and net flooring systems for broilers

A note from Compassion on multi-tier colony cages and net flooring systems outlining the disadvantages for broiler welfare.

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How welfare schemes compare to Compassion's criteria for higher welfare - Broiler Chickens

A comprehensive table comparing the various welfare initiatives and how they compare with Compassion's welfare criteria for broiler chickens.

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The Science Driving Change for Broiler Welfare

A video presentation which provides an overview of the science which is driving change for higher welfare broiler production.    

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Humane Slaughter of Broiler Chickens

This document provides information on the humane slaughter of broiler chickens, including an overview of the main methods of slaughter in use commercially and recommendations for…

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Welfare Potential Matrix - Broilers

A summary table which outlines the welfare potential by production system for broiler chickens using a ‘Bad-Better-Best’ model.

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Halal slaughter: Effective recoverable stunning

This presentation with voiceover gives an overview on the issue surrounding waterbath stunning for the halal market. It details what effective stunning is, what halal stunning…

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Welfare Outcome Summary - Broiler Chickens

Welfare outcomes are an animal-based method of assessing factors that contribute to an animal’s quality of welfare. This information sheet provides a selection of the main…

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Welfare Issues Table - Broiler Chickens

A summary table which outlines the main welfare issues experienced by broiler (meat) chickens and offers some alternative solutions.

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