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Inter-Observer Repeatability of Indicators of Consciousness after Waterbath Stunning in Broiler Chickens

Abstract : This study evaluated the prevalence and tested the inter-observer repeatability of the most valid and feasible animal-based indicators of the state of consciousness after waterbath stunning in broilers before bleeding (tonic seizure, breathing, spontaneous blinking and vocalization) and during bleeding (wing flapping, breathing, spontaneous swallowing and head shaking). In addition, correlations among them were computed to better understand their relationship and offer insights into the reliability of such indicators. This was aimed at proposing a refined list of indicators that could be used in commercial slaughterhouses to ensure consistent assessments. This study compared the assessments of three observers of 5241 broilers from 19 batches in six different slaughterhouses. Inter-observer repeatability was assessed through the combination of the crude percentage of agreement and the Fleiss’ kappa coefficient and interpretation. Before bleeding, the results led us to recommend assessing breathing over spontaneous blinking and vocalizations and to neglect tonic seizure in commercial conditions. During bleeding, the recommended indicators are breathing, wing flapping and head shaking while spontaneous swallowing can be neglected.
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Alexandra Contreras-Jodar, Aranzazu Varvaró-Porter, Virginie Michel, Antonio Velarde. Inter-Observer Repeatability of Indicators of Consciousness after Waterbath Stunning in Broiler Chickens. Animals, MDPI, 2022, 12 (14), pp.1800. ⟨10.3390/ani12141800⟩. ⟨anses-03741509⟩

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