Beak trimmed pullets pecked more at the cage and had more toe pecks, yet overall pecks made at the feed and the environment were no different than untrimmed controls.
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).
If hens were experiencing severe chronic pain, it would be expected that they would peck less and use less force when pecking.
Sensitivity to pressure-force used to peck at a red disc : Birds were placed in the test cage for three min, after they were deprived of food for 1-1.5 h.
Birds that did not perform in a certain test (i.e., did not peck at the water, food or the red disc) were not included in the analysis of that test.
attorney in Concord who has been in charge of the investigation, declined to comment on the investigation or whether any charges could be filed against Peck.
After selling the dealership, Peck allegedly paid Cardiges and Temple $162,500 apiece, representing 12.5 percent of the proceeds from the sale.
The 79-year-old Peck declined to comment on the situation, except to say, "I just would like for it to die down as quickly as possible.
Peck, who has a farm in western Pulaski County, adds that it's regrettable his name has been mentioned in the charges and in publications reporting on the scandal.
Don Nelms, who owns Nelms Honda and Nelms Acura in Fayetteville, says he was affected by the problems because after Peck opened the Conway dealership he came to Bentonville, about 25 miles away, and opened another Honda dealership.
Peck, a popular owner of automobile dealerships in Arkansas for years, opened the dealership and then sold it a short time later for $1.3 million, Temple says.