Publications by Bas Rodenburg



Rodenburg, T.B., 2017.
Ensuring the welfare of broilers: an overview from a European perspective.
In: Applegate, T. (Ed.), Achieving sustainable production of poultry meat. Volume 3: Health and Welfare, 199-209.

Birkl, P., Franke, L., Bas Rodenburg, T., Ellen, E., Harlander-Matauschek, A., 2017.
A role for plasma aromatic amino acids in injurious pecking behavior in laying hens.
Physiol. Behav. 175, 88-96.

Brantsæter, M., Tahamtani, F.M., Nordgreen, J., Sandberg, E., Hansen, T.B., Rodenburg, T.B., Moe, R.O., Janczak, A.M., 2017.
Access to litter during rearing and environmental enrichment during production reduce fearfulness in adult laying hens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 189, 49-56.

de Haas, E.N., Lee, C., Hernandez, C.E., Naguib, M., Rodenburg,
T.B., 2017a.
Individual differences in personality in laying hens are related to
learning a colour cue association.
Behav. Proc. 134, 37-42.

de Haas, E.N., Lee, C., Rodenburg, T.B., 2017b.
Learning and Judgment Can Be Affected by Predisposed Fearfulness in Laying Hens.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 4.

Mench, J.A., Rodenburg, T.B., (in press). Chapter 10.
Sustainability of laying hen housing systems.
In: Mench, J.A, (Ed.), Advances in Poultry Welfare.

Reimert, I., Fong, S., Rodenburg, T.B. and Bolhuis, J.E. 2017.
Emotional states and emotional contagion in pigs after exposure to a positive and negative treatment.
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 193: 37-42.

Stadig, L.M., Rodenburg, T.B., Ampe, B., Reubens, B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., 2017a.
Effect of free-range access, shelter type and weather conditions on free-range use and welfare of slow-growing broiler chickens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 192, 15-23.

Stadig, L.M., Rodenburg, T.B., Ampe, B., Reubens, B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., 2017b.
Effects of shelter type, early environmental enrichment and weather conditions on free-range behaviour of slow-growing broiler chickens. Animal 11, 1046-1053.

van Wagenberg, C.P.A., de Haas, Y., Hogeveen, H., van Krimpen, M.M., Meuwissen, M.P.M., van Middelaar, C.E., Rodenburg, T.B., 2017.
Animal Board Invited Review: Comparing conventional and organic livestock production systems on different aspects of sustainability.
Animal, 1-13.


Brantsæter, M., Nordgreen, J., Rodenburg, T.B., Tahamtani, F.M., Popova, A., Janczak, A.M., 2016. Exposure to increased environmental complexity during rearing reduces fearfulness and increases use of three-dimensional space in laying hens (Gallus gallus domesticus).
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 3.

Brunberg, E.I., Rodenburg, T.B., Rydhmer, L., Kjaer, J.B., Jensen, P., Keeling, L.J., 2016. Omnivores Going Astray: a Review and New Synthesis of Abnormal Behavior in Pigs and Laying Hens.
Frontiers in Veterinary Science 3.

Heerkens, J.L.T., Delezie, E., Rodenburg, T.B., Kempen, I., Zoons, J., Ampe, B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., 2016.
Risk factors associated with keel bone and foot pad disorders in
laying hens housed in aviary systems. Poult. Sci. 95, 482-488.

Loyau, T., Zerjal, T., Rodenburg, T.B., Fablet, J., Tixier-Boichard, M., Pinard-van der Laan, M.H., Mignon-Grasteau, S., 2016. Heritability of body surface temperature in hens estimated by
infrared thermography at normal or hot temperatures and genetic correlations with egg and feather quality.
Animal 10, 1594-1601.

Marchant Forde, J.N., Rodenburg, T.B., 2016. Future directions for applied ethology, in: Brown, J.A., Seddon, Y., Appleby, M.C. (Eds.), Animals and us: 50 years and more of applied ethology, Wageningen Academic Publishers, Wageningen, The Netherlands, pp. 297-317.

Bas Rodenburg, T., de Haas, E.N., 2016.
Of nature and nurture: the role of genetics and environment in behavioural development of laying hens.
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences 7, 91-94.


Daigle, C.L., Rodenburg, T.B., Bolhuis, J.E., Swanson, J.C., Siegford, J.M., 2015.
Individual consistency of feather pecking behavior in laying hens: once a feather pecker always a feather pecker? Frontiers in Veterinary Science 2, 6.

Harlander-Matauschek, A., Rodenburg, T.B., Sandilands, V., Tobalske, B.W., Toscano, M.J., 2015.
Causes of keel bone damage and their solutions in laying hens. World Poultry Sci. J. 71, 461-472.

Heerkens, J.L.T., Delezie, E., Kempen, I., Zoons, J., Ampe, B., Rodenburg, T.B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., 2015.
Specific characteristics of the aviary housing system affect plumage condition, mortality and production in laying hens. Poult. Sci. 94, 2008-2017.

Mignon-Grasteau, S., Moreri, U., Narcy, A., Rousseau, X., Rodenburg, T.B., Tixier-Boichard, M., Zerjal, T., 2015. Robustness to chronic heat stress in laying hens: a meta-analysis.
Poult. Sci. 94, 586-600.

Reimert, I., Bolhuis, J.E., Kemp, B., Rodenburg, T.B., 2015. Emotions on the loose: emotional contagion and the role of oxytocin in pigs.
Animal Cognition 18, 517-532.


Rodenburg, T.B. 2014
The role of genes, epigenetics and ontogeny in behavioural development.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 157, 8-13.

Brinker, T., Ellen, E.D., Wissink, P.H., Visscher, J., Rodenburg, T.B., Bijma, P. 2014
Plumage condition in laying hens: Genetic parameters for direct and indirect effects in two purebred layer lines.
Genetics Selection Evolution 46, 33.

de Haas, E.N., Bolhuis, J.E., de Jong, I.C., Kemp, B., Janczak, A.M., Rodenburg, T.B. in press.
Predicting feather damage in laying hens during the laying period. Is it the past or is it the present? Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci.,

de Haas, E.N., Bolhuis, J.E., Kemp, B., Groothuis, T.G.G., Rodenburg, T.B. 2014.
Parents and Early Life Environment Affect Behavioral Development of Laying Hen Chickens.
Plos One 9, e90577.

Hewlett, S.E., Zeinstra, E., van Eerdenburg, F.J.C.M., Rodenburg, T.B., van Kooten, P.J.S., van der Staay, F.J., Nordquist, R.E. in press.
Hypothalamic vasotocin and tyrosine hydroxylase levels following maternal care and selection for low mortality in laying hens.
BMC Veterinary Research.

Reimert, I., Bolhuis, J.E., Kemp, B., Rodenburg, T.B. 2014a
Social support in pigs with different coping styles.
Physiol. Behav. 129, 221-229.

Reimert, I., Rodenburg, T.B., Ursinus, W.W., Kemp, B., Bolhuis, J.E. 2014b
Responses to novel situations of female and castrated male pigs with divergent social breeding values and different backtest classifications in barren and straw-enriched housing.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 151, 24-35.



de Jong, I.C., Rodenburg, T.B., van Niekerk, T.G.C.M. 2013
Management approaches to reduce feather pecking in laying hens.
CAB Reviews 8, No. 036.

Kops, M.S., de Haas, E.N., Rodenburg, T.B., Ellen, E.D., Korte-Bouws, G.A.H., Olivier, B., Güntürkün, O., Korte, S.M., Bolhuis, J.E. 2013
Selection for low mortality in laying hens affects catecholamine levels in the arcopallium, a brain area involved in fear and motor regulation.
Behavioural Brain Research 257, 54– 61.

Kops, M.S., de Haas, E.N., Rodenburg, T.B., Ellen, E.D., Korte-Bouws, G.A.H., Olivier, B., Güntürkün, O., Bolhuis, J.E., Korte, S.M. 2013
Effects of feather pecking phenotype (severe feather peckers, victims and non-peckers) on serotonergic and dopaminergic activity in four brain areas of laying hens (Gallus gallus domesticus).
Physiol. Behav. 120, 77-82.

De Haas, E.N., Kemp, B., Bolhuis, J.E., Groothuis, T., Rodenburg, T.B., 2013.
Fear, stress, and feather pecking in commercial white and brown laying hen parent-stock flocks and their relationships with production parameters.
Poult. Sci. 92, 2259-2269.

Rodenburg, T.B., van Krimpen, M.M., de Jong, I.C., de Haas, E.N., Kops, M.S., Riedstra, B.J., Nordquist, R.E., Wagenaar, J.P., Bestman, M., Nicol, C.J. 2013b
The prevention and control of feather pecking in laying hens: identifying the underlying principles. World Poultry Sci. J. 69, 361-374.

Ursinus, W. W., Bolhuis, J. E., Zonderland, J. J., Rodenburg, T. B., de Souza, A. S., Koopmanschap, R. E., Kemp, B., Korte-Bouws, G. A. H., Korte, S. M. & van Reenen, C. G. 2013
Relations between peripheral and brain serotonin measures and behavioural responses in a novelty test in pigs.
Physiology & Behavior, 118, 88-96.

Nordquist, R.E., Zeinstra, E.C., Rodenburg, T.B., van der Staay, F.J. 2013
Effects of maternal care and selection for low mortality on tyrosine hydroxylase concentrations and cell soma size in hippocampus and nidopallium caudolaterale in adult laying hen.
Journal of Animal Science 91, 137-146.


Rodenburg, T.B., Turner, S.P. 2012
The role of breeding and genetics in the welfare of farm animals.
Anim. Front. 2, 16-21.

Rodenburg, T.B., De Reu, K., Tuyttens, F.A.M. 2012
Performance, welfare, health and hygiene of laying hens in non-cage systems in comparison with cage systems, in: Sandilands, V., Hocking, P. (Eds.),
Alternative Systems for Poultry – Health, Welfare and Productivity, Glasgow, United Kingdom, pp. 210-224.

Harlander-Matauschek, A., Rodenburg, T.B. 2011
Applying chemical stimuli on feathers to reduce feather pecking in laying hens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 132, 146-151.

Nordquist, R.E., Heerkens, J.L.T., Rodenburg, T.B., Boks, S., Ellen, E.D., van der Staay, F.J. 2011
Laying hens selected for low mortality: Behaviour in tests of fearfulness, anxiety and cognition.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 131, 110-122.

Uitdehaag, K.A., Rodenburg, T.B., Van Reenen, C.G., Koopmanschap, R.E., De Vries Reilingh, G., Engel, B., Buist, W.G., Komen, H., Bolhuis, J.E. 2011.
Effects of genetic origin and social environment on behavioral response to manual restraint and monoamine functioning in laying hens.
Poult. Sci. 90, 1629-1636.


Rodenburg, T.B., de Haas, E.N., Nielsen, B.L., Buitenhuis, A.J. 2010
Fearfulness and feather damage in laying hens divergently selected for high and low feather pecking.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 128-91-96.

Rodenburg, T.B. 2010
Response to van Rooijen: 'Is feather pecking in laying hens a by-product of genetic selection?'.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 122, 134-135.

Rodenburg, T.B., Bijma, P., Ellen, E.D., Bergsma, R., de Vries, S., Bolhuis, J.E., Kemp, B., van Arendonk, J.A.M. 2010
Breeding amiable animals? Improving farm animal welfare by including social effects in breeding programmes.
Anim. Welf. 19, S77-82.

Biscarini, F., Bovenhuis, H., Parmentier, H.K., Van Der Poel, J.J., Rodenburg, T.B., Van Arendonk, J.A.M. 2010
Across-line SNP associations study of plumage condition in laying hens.
Behav. Genet. 40: 715-727.

de Haas, E.N., Nielsen, B.L., Buitenhuis, A.J., Rodenburg, T.B. 2010
Selection on feather pecking affects response to novelty and foraging behaviour in laying hens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 124, 90-96.

Harlander-Matauschek, A., Beck, P., Rodenburg, T.B. 2010
Effect of an early bitter taste experience on subsequent feather-pecking behaviour in laying hens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 127:108-114.


Rodenburg, T.B., Bolhuis, J.E., Koopmanschap, R.E., Ellen, E.D., Decuypere, E. 2009a
Maternal care and selection for low mortality affect post-stress corticosterone and peripheral serotonin in laying hens.
Physiol. Behav. 98, 519-523.

Rodenburg, T.B., Uitdehaag, K.A., Ellen, E.D., Komen, J. 2009b
The effects of selection on low mortality and brooding by a mother hen on open-field response, feather pecking and cannibalism in laying hens.
Anim. Welf. 18, 427-432.

Bolhuis, J.E., Ellen, E.D., Van Reenen, C.G., De Groot, J., Ten Napel, J., Koopmanschap, R., De Vries Reilingh, G., Uitdehaag, K.A., Kemp, B., Rodenburg, T.B. 2009
Effects of genetic group selection against mortality on behaviour and peripheral serotonin in domestic laying hens with trimmed and intact beaks.
Physiol. Behav. 97, 470-475.

De Reu, K., Rodenburg, T.B., Grijspeerdt, K., Messens, W., Heyndrickx, M., Tuyttens, F.A.M., Sonck, B., Zoons, J., Herman, L. 2009
Bacteriological contamination, dirt, and cracks of eggshells in furnished cages and noncage systems for laying hens: An international on-farm comparison.
Poult. Sci. 88, 2442-2448.

Parmentier, H.K., Rodenburg, T.B., De Vries Reilingh, G., Beerda, B., Kemp, B. 2009
Does enhancement of specific immune responses predispose laying hens for feather pecking?
Poult. Sci. 88, 536-542.

Tuyttens, F.A.M., Maes, D., Geverink, N.A., Koene, P., Rodenburg, T.B. 2009
Assessing animal welfare at farm and group level: Introduction and overview.
Anim. Welf. 18, 323-324.

Uitdehaag, K.A., Rodenburg, T.B., Bolhuis, J.E., Decuypere, E., Komen, H. 2009
Mixed housing of different genetic lines of laying hens negatively affects feather pecking and fear related behaviour.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 116, 58-66.

van Zeeland, Y.R.A., Spruit, B.M., Rodenburg, T.B., Riedstra, B., van Hierden, Y.M., Buitenhuis, B., Korte, S.M., Lumeij, J.T. 2009
Feather damaging behaviour in parrots: A review with consideration of comparative aspects.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 121, 75-95.


Rodenburg, T.B., Komen, H., Ellen, E.D., Uitdehaag, K.A., van Arendonk, J.A.M. 2008a
Selection method and early-life history affect behavioural development, feather pecking and cannibalism in laying hens: A review.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 110, 217-228.

Rodenburg, T.B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., De Reu, K., Herman, L., Zoons, J., Sonck, B. 2008b
Welfare assessment of laying hens in furnished cages and non-cage systems: an on-farm comparison.
Anim. Welf. 17, 363-373.

Rodenburg, T.B., Tuyttens, F.A.M., De Reu, K., Herman, L., Zoons, J., Sonck, B. 2008c
Welfare assessment of laying hens in furnished cages and non-cage systems: assimilating expert opinion.
Anim. Welf. 17, 355-361.

Rodenburg, T.B., van Harn, J., van Krimpen, M.M., Ruis, M.A.W., Vermeij, I., Spoolder, H.A.M. 2008d Comparison of three different diets for organic broilers: effects on performance and body condition.
Br. Poult. Sci. 49, 74 - 80.

De Reu, K., Messens, W., Heyndrickx, M., Rodenburg, B., Uyttendaele, M., Herman, L. 2008
Bacterial contamination of table eggs and the influence of housing systems.
Worlds Poult. Sci. J. 64, 5-19.

Uitdehaag, K., Komen, H., Rodenburg, T.B., Kemp, B., van Arendonk, J. 2008a
The novel object test as predictor of feather damage in cage-housed Rhode Island Red and White Leghorn laying hens.
Appl. Anim. Behav. Sci. 109, 292-305.

Uitdehaag, K.A., Rodenburg, T.B., Komen, H., Kemp, B., van Arendonk, J.A.M. 2008b
The Association of Response to a Novel Object with Subsequent Performance and Feather Damage in Adult, Cage-Housed, Pure-Bred Rhode Island Red Laying Hens.
Poult. Sci. 87, 2486-2492.

Uitdehaag, K.A., Rodenburg, T.B., van Hierden, Y.M., Bolhuis, J.E., Toscano, M.J., Nicol, C.J., Komen, J. 2008c
Effects of mixed housing of birds from two genetic lines of laying hens on open field and manual restraint responses.
Behav. Proc. 79, 13-18.