The proof's in the pecking
The pecking pan is an environmental enrichment product with multiple benefits:
Encourages non-injurious pecking
Naturally blunts beaks
Source of calcium
The pecking pan contains a mix of sand, limestone and oyster shell for healthy bones, strong egg shells and efficient gizzards.
The pecking pan material was tested in a 2 year MSc study by the University of Bristol, which found that “pecking pans for chicks/pullets can provide a long-lasting environment enrichment which may reduce injurious pecking, reduce plumage damage and enhance bird welfare”.
Recommended at a rate of 2 per 1000 birds, the pecking pan can be suspended at crop height to encourage interest or placed on a stand on the ground. It is recommended that a small amount of feed is added regularly to encourage pecking.