Chicken Behaviour and Welfare

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With a focus on laying hens and meat chickens, this course explains the general principles of chicken behaviour and welfare, and the behavioural and physiological indicators that can be used to assess welfare in chickens kept in hobby flocks through to commercial farms. 

At the end of this course, you will be able to: 

  • describe avian sensory perception and motivation
  • explain poultry behaviour patterns
  • define welfare standards and assess and understand chicken welfare. 

Of interest to people who own chickens, commercial egg and meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses. 

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Learner reviews
I am a hobby farmer with a small flock, but I really enjoyed learning about all aspects of chicken welfare as it pertains to both small and large scale operations.
  • Programme type
    Course: study a subject through videos, articles, discussions and quizzes
  • Cost and certification
    Free, with option to upgrade for a certificate
  • Duration
    5 weeks
  • Weekly effort
    2-3 hours
  • Difficulty level
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