Personal Web Site: Michelle Hunniford's Site
Along with my advisor Dr. Tina Widowski, I am working on a project that focuses on the behaviour and welfare of laying hens in furnished cages. Over the course of different laying flocks, our lab is investigating the production, behaviour and welfare of hens housed in large furnished cages with different experimental treatments including cage size, space allowance and rearing environment. In particular, I am interested in the nesting behaviour and nest use of hens housed in large furnished cages. My next experiment will involve more specific questions about the aspects of nest design that laying hens prioritize, and how to provide those resources. My overall goal is to be able to give recommendations to improve the design of nest areas within large furnished cages and to improve overall laying hen welfare.