Institute of

Organic Farming


Annette Pontillo
Institute of Organic Farming

Trenthorst 32
23847 Westerau
Phone: +49 4539 8880 0
Fax: +49 4539 8880 120

Kontrollstellennr.: DE-ÖKO-006

Organic poultry keeping

Organic poultry farming has grown considerably in recent years, but some challenges are still unsolved. These can be seen mainly in the 100% organic feeding of the young chicks, in animal welfare and animal health, and in the use of day-old male layer chicks. These problems must be solved in a way that does not contradict the expectations of the customers and the goals of organic farming.

Organic egg production

With a market share of over 10%, the organic egg is a very successful product. Nevertheless, there are still challenges in the field of regional feeding, animal welfare and good use of the outdoor area. Our research focus is on 100% organic and regional feeding.

Organic chicken production

In contrast to organic egg production, chicken meat occupies a small market niche, which is why there is a particular need for supportive research. Important challenges are the 100% organic feeding during the first weeks of life as well as the question of using day-old male layer chicks. These can only be fattened with poor efficiency. Therefore, our research focus is not only on 100% organic feeding but also on the use of dual-purpose chickens as an alternative to the culling of day-old male layer chicks.

Finished projects