© 2011

The Welfare of Farmed Ratites

  • Phil Glatz
  • Christine Lunam
  • Irek Malecki

Part of the Animal Welfare book series (AWNS, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. G. Tulloch, C. J. C. Phillips
    Pages 1-11
  3. S. W. P. Cloete, I. A. Malecki
    Pages 13-43
  4. I. A. Malecki, P. K. Rybnik-Trzaskowska
    Pages 45-63
  5. D. C. Deeming
    Pages 65-89
  6. T. Brand, A. Olivier
    Pages 91-109
  7. R. G. Cooper
    Pages 147-164
  8. D. Black, P. C. Glatz
    Pages 165-194
  9. J. L. Navarro, M. B. Martella
    Pages 237-258
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 259-163

About this book


This volume reviews, for the first time, the broad range of issues that affect the welfare of commercially farmed ratites.  Although ratites incorporate several families of flightless birds this book focuses on the most commonly farmed ratites, the ostrich, emu and rhea. The readers are taken on a journey through all sectors of the industry, which include breeding, incubation, hatching, brooding, rearing, growth, transport and processing, with an emphasis on husbandry and management protocols that can impact bird welfare and health. Also discussed is the structure and sensory innervation of the skin and digits of the birds, and the potential welfare implications of industry practices on these structures. Each chapter in this volume focuses on a particular aspect of the commercial farming of ratites with contributing authors from a broad range of disciplines.   


conservation emu ethics ostrich ratite farming rhea welfare

Editors and affiliations

  • Phil Glatz
    • 1
  • Christine Lunam
    • 2
  • Irek Malecki
    • 3
  1. 1., South Australian Research and DevelopmenUniversity of AdelaideRoseworthyAustralia
  2. 2., Sensory Nervous System LaboratoryFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  3. 3., School of Animal BiologyUniversity of Western AustraliaCrawleyAustralia

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