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beak

1. the projecting jaws of a bird, covered with a horny sheath; bill
2. any beaklike mouthpart in other animals, such as turtles
3. Architect the upper surface of a cornice, which slopes out to throw off water
4. Chem the part of a still or retort through which vapour passes to the condenser
5. Nautical another word for ram

beak

[bēk]
(botany)
Any pointed projection, as on some fruits, that resembles a bird bill.
(invertebrate zoology)
The tip of the umbo in bivalves.
(vertebrate zoology)
The bill of a bird or some other animal, such as the turtle.
A projecting jawbone element of certain fishes, such as the sawfish and pike.
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Infrared lasers have recently been designed with the purpose of providing a less painful, more precise beak-trimming method compared with conventional beak trimming.
Indeed, infrared trimming may provide a less invasive alternative to conventional beak trimming without compromising productivity.
Organic producers often perform beak trimming and sometimes use 'humane' forced molting.
I do not recommend beak trimming unless the beak is maloccluded.
The first study examined the comparative feeding behaviors of laying hens with or without beak trimming and revealed intriguing results.
While the British Egg Industry Council will lead an industry group to produce a Code of Practice for beak trimming.
He lifted a ban on routine beak trimming which he said could inadvertently have led to worse welfare for hens.
Beak trimming in laying hens is the removal of about 1/3-1/2 of the upper and lower beak of the young chicken, commonly using a hot-blade which simultaneously amputates and cauterizes.
The animal management practice of beak trimming is routinely practised.
ABSTRACT : For many years beak trimming has been a controversial subject, particularly since the 1980's when the practice came under close scrutiny by animal welfare groups.