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About the Course

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. 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. Learning Objectives: at the end of this course, you will be able to - - Describe avian sensory perception and motivation - Explain the main behaviour patterns of poultry - Define welfare and explain the bases of welfare standards - Assess chicken welfare, using behavioural and physiological means - Understand common welfare problems of chickens This course is taught by staff from Scotland's Rural College (SRUC), University of Glasgow, and St David's Poultry Team. You can follow us on Twitter! #chickenmooc © University of Edinburgh and Scotland's Rural College 2016 CC BY...

Top reviews

Jul 30, 2019

Great information about chickens' instinctive behaviors and the advantages and disadvantages of various means of caring for them. I learned a lot about the various systems used throughout the world.

Oct 28, 2020

I learned so much. 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. Thank you!

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Nov 7, 2018

so informative course for me as a pakistani student

By Janelle

Aug 2, 2017

Excellent! Informative, interesting, and impartial!

By Hilary T

Jul 24, 2016

Clear, concise and comprehensive. Brilliant course.

By Adam L

Feb 8, 2018

Fascinating and very informative. I enjoyed it!

By Kelli S

Sep 11, 2016

This class helped me understand chickens better.

By Aji G

Oct 26, 2020

Thank you for the insight. very good knowladge

By Father R

Sep 4, 2020

Well prepared and really interesting course.

By Suzy C

May 26, 2017

Some very useful info for my backyard flock.


Aug 11, 2020

Great course learnt a lot from this course

By Jess

Jan 13, 2021

This course was interesting and engaging!

By Anna A

May 2, 2017

Very interesting and nice, but too short!

By Scarlet C

Feb 25, 2017

I love this course! So super informative.

By Tyler F

Aug 13, 2019

Great overall introductory information.

By Lucrecia M

Dec 14, 2017

Excellent information and very dynamic.

By Emma B

May 20, 2020

Very comprehensive and evidence-based!

By Nichola w

May 10, 2020

great course, learned a lot. thank you

By Sandie A G

Nov 13, 2020

Enjoyed it except the slaughter but x


Apr 26, 2020

highly recommended for poultry lovers

By nada

Jul 15, 2020

Very good information in this course

By David B J

Sep 7, 2016

exelente curso muy practico y ameno

By Marcin s

Jul 11, 2020

Very comprehensive and interactive

By Aleksandra K

May 5, 2020

Very educational and interesting.

By Priyanka F P

Apr 14, 2019

Excellent technical information!

By Matthew J C

Jun 27, 2018

An extremely informative course!