Organic chickens are generally sold for higher prices than conventional chickens, which makes it vital to ensure a high level of credibility in organic production in order to increase the market share of organic chickens. There is a developmental need which entails breeding of resilient and active breeds. Simoultaniously, there is a need for development of innovative production systems, which accomodates the organic principles regarding animal welfare and environmental impact. Below you can explore the CORE Organic research projects related to this theme.
FreeBirds - Encouraging organic chickens and hens to be more outdoor
FreeBirds addressed the issues of bird health, welfare, and environmental impact for more knowledge on improving the welfare of organic laying hens and broiler chickens.
HealthyHens - Good health and welfare in organic laying hens depends on good management
HealthyHens addressed the critical challenge for the further development of organic egg production, namely the ability to document a high level of animal health and welfare.
Poultrynsect - The use of live insect larvae to improve sustainability and animal welfare of organic chicken production
The Poultrynsect project tested the effects of the innovative feed ingredient, insect larvae, for slow-growing organic chickens.
ICOPP - Developing sustainable 100% organic feed strategies for pigs and poultry
ICOPP investigated the possibilities for economically viable and local feeding strategies, for pigs and poultry, that fulfil the required levels of nutrients.