PPILOW’s People: Saskia Kliphuis!

Nice to meet you! My name is Saskia Kliphuis. I’m a behavioural biologist and PhD candidate. Within PPILOW, my aim is to study whether we can use innovative strategies during early life, to reduce fearfulness and prevent feather pecking in laying hens. Even in low input and organic housing systems, these issues remain a threat to chicken welfare. At Utrecht University, we run an experiment together with PPILOW partner ILVO, to study the effects of light during incubation and larvae enrichment during rearing on behaviour and physiology. Besides my experimental work, I’m also the facilitator of the Dutch poultry National Practitioner Group (NPG), together with whom we connect PPILOW research to daily practice. Looking forward to sharing more knowledge in the near future!