The role of trees in free range poultry farming - planting trees to improve welfare and increase production

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2014 Practical guidance 10
Tree Planting For Free Range Poultry

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Studies of typical free range farms show that often only a minority of birds make full use of their range. Well-designed tree planting encourages better use of the range by providing cover, shelter and shade. From the farmer’s perspective, integrating trees into free range poultry farming encourages ranging and other natural behaviours in their flocks. This leads to improvements in animal health and welfare, as well as improvements in production.