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peck

An obsolete, non-SI (International System) unit of dry volume; the imperial (UK) peck corresponds to 9.092 litres, while the US peck corresponds to 8.809 litres.
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Sensitivity to temperature-drinking of hot water : The number of birds pecking at hot water ranged from 50 to 80% per treatment for the three age groups (Table 2).
Sensitivity to pressure-force used to peck at food : The number of birds pecking at food in this test ranged from 30% in 12-week old non-trimmed birds to 70% in 22-week old non-trimmed birds (Table 3).
Sensitivity to pressure-force used to peck at a red disk : The number of birds pecking at the red disc ranged from 40 to 55% (Table 3).
However, there was no difference in the total number of pecks made by beak trimmed and control birds at any stage in the pecking tests at a red cube and food.
There was no indication of a reduction in pecking behaviour in re-trimmed birds compared to both the control and once-only trimmed pullets at 20 weeks, suggesting an absence of severe chronic pain in the re-trimmed birds.
A more accurate measure of the sensitivity of the beak is the number of head shakes per peck, to correct for the difference that may occur in the amount of pecking at the water.