Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens


Available for Pre-order. Due September 2020.
Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens Editor: Professor Christine Nicol Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 688 Illustrations and other contents: Color tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786764225 Categories: ,

This collection summarises the rich body of research on understanding the behaviour of chickens and using this knowledge to optimise welfare management of broilers and layers. Part 1 of this volume reviews advances in research on key aspects of poultry behaviour and welfare monitoring. Chapters include the genetics and epigenetics of poultry behaviour, sensory perception, pain and strass responses, leaning and cognition as well as social behaviour. The section also includes coverage of wearable, video and acoustic technologies to monitor chicken behaviour and welfare as well as developments in welfare protocols. Part 2 discusses particular welfare issues affecting broilers and layers. Topics covered include welfare in hatcheries and during rearing, housing and management, the role of enrichment as well as optimising welfare during catching, transport and slaughter. It also reviews advances in understanding specific welfare issues such as injurious pecking, bone and skin health.

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Author Biography

Dr Christine Nicol is Professor of Animal Welfare at the Royal Veterinary College - University of London, UK. Professor Nicol is internationally renowned for her research on poultry and equine welfare, for which she has received many awards, including from the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW), the International Society for Applied Ethology (ISAE), the European Association for Animal Production (EAAP), the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA). As well as many high-cited journal articles, Professor Nicol has written or contributed to a number of books and is a current member of the Stevin Prize Committee. Linda Keeling is Professor of Animal Welfare at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. She has a background in ethology and manages an active research group dealing with basic and applied questions related to welfare assessment, affective states in animals and effects of early experience on later behaviour. She is coordinator of the Centre of Excellence for Animal Welfare Science in Sweden and a member of the EU Platform on Animal Welfare.