Chicken Behaviour and Welfare

VU Course ID: 00046
Curriculum: 5 weeks
Fee: FREE
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None
Instructor: Dr Victoria Sandilands
Provider: University of Edinburgh (via Coursera)
Recordable: This course can be recorded in your VU transcript.

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Course Description

In this free course, you’ll examine the general principles of chicken behaviour and welfare, and the behavioural and physiological indicators that can be used to assess welfare in chickens, from hobby flocks through to commercial farms. The focus is primarily on laying hens and meat chickens (broilers) although many of the principles are relevant to other types of poultry. The course is likely to be of interest to people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.

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Week 1 – Introduction to Behaviour
Week 2 – Behaviour Patterns of Chickens: Maintenance and Social Behaviours
Week 3 – Behaviour Patterns of Chickens: Reproductive and Abnormal Behaviours
Week 4 – Chicken Welfare
Week 5 – Welfare Problems of Common Production Systems Including Hobby Flocks
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