A Literature Review of Broiler Chicken Welfare, Husbandry, and Assessment

Cara Wilcox*, V Sandilands, Novi Mayasari, Indrawati Yudha Asmara, Asep Anang

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Literature surrounding key aspects of broiler chicken husbandry and its relation to animal welfare are reviewed, for the context of broiler chicken farming in Indonesia. This review focuses on husbandry of commercially grown broiler chickens on farm, including light systems, litter substrates, lameness, contact dermatitis, heat stress and climate control. Common assessment methods of broiler chicken welfare are also reviewed. Key broiler welfare issues in Indonesia are likely to be heat stress, lameness, and contact dermatitis, and these may result in reduced productivity. Considering photoperiod and reviewing litter substrate management could be economical and practical ways to improve welfare. Foot pad dermatitis and lameness are useful indicators of broiler welfare, and the high market demand for chicken feet in Asia could serve as an incentive to improve broiler welfare and chicken foot quality in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-32
JournalWorld's Poultry Science Journal
Issue number1
Early online date17 Oct 2023
Publication statusPrint publication - Feb 2024


  • Asia
  • Indonesia
  • assessment
  • broiler
  • chicken
  • husbandry
  • welfare


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