02 April 1998
TV-watching battery chickens
‘suffer less stress’

AN animal behaviourist at the Roslin Institute, near Edinburgh, Scotland, has discovered the stressful life of the battery chicken can be relieved with a daily dose of television.

Telly-watching chickens grow quicker on less food, lay larger eggs more regularly and appear to be happier, according to Bryn Jones whose discovery forms part of a Government-sponsored project to reduce animal alarm and aggression.

Jones and research student Colette Clarke are also investigating selective breeding as a means of cutting down behavioural disorders such as self-mutilation and feather pecking.

  • The Daily Telegraph 02/04/98 page 1