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Interested in Poultry Farming? Take Online Course on Chicken Behaviour & Welfare by University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is offering free online course on Chicken Behaviour & Welfare for people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.

Enrolment: starts 12 December (+take on-demand)

Timeline: 5 weeks

Skill Level: Beginner

Course of Study: Chicken Behaviour & Welfare | Course Platform: Coursera

Created by: University of Edinburgh

Cost: Free

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.

This course focuses primarily on laying hens and meat chickens (broilers), although many of the principles are relevant to other types of poultry.

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

Eligibility requirement

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.

Certificate offered? Yes

How to Enrol

Visit Course Webpage to Enrol.

Notes: This course is taught by staff from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), University of Glasgow, and St David’s Poultry Team.

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