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Programa - O que você aprenderá com este curso

18 minutos para concluir

Getting Started

This brief module will tell you all the things you need to know to begin, including the syllabus of the course, who we are, how to engage with one another.

2 vídeos ((Total 8 mín.)), 1 leitura
2 videos
Rules of engagement (from Animal Behaviour & Welfare course)6min
1 leituras
Finding more information10min
2 horas para concluir

Introduction to Animal Behaviour: Domestication, Behaviour Development and Learning, the Senses

Welcome to the first week of the Chicken Behaviour and Welfare Course. If you haven't seen it - watch the video which introduces you to the course: you can find it under "Getting Started; Welcome!" During this lesson, we will consider what makes a domestic animal, how behaviour develops in the chicken from before hatching and beyond, different types of learning and the senses - vision, hearing, taste, smell and touch.

13 vídeos ((Total 28 mín.)), 5 leituras, 1 teste
13 videos
What is a chicken?1min
Prehatch and hatching1min
Other types of learning3min
Hormones and Behaviour52s
Smell and Touch2min
Interview with Sarah Brocklehurst3min
5 leituras
What is a chicken? Some images10min
Smithsonian's How the chicken conquered the world.10min
Learning who is your mother10min
Exercise: how operant conditioning works10min
Article on vision10min
1 exercício prático
Domestication, Development and Learning, the Senses30min
2 horas para concluir

Behaviour Patterns of Chickens, Part 1

During this week, we will consider some of the major behaviour patterns of chickens, such as maintenance behaviours of chickens, and social behaviours. Maintenance behaviours means feeding, drinking, and comfort activities. Comfort activities include preening, dustbathing, and perching (among others). Social behaviours include communication, dominance, aggression, and spacing. This week will be a combination of video lectures, in-video quizzes and an interview with a backyard producer.

12 vídeos ((Total 32 mín.)), 4 leituras, 1 teste
12 videos
Feeding Behaviour1min
History Of Feeding, Contrafreeloading3min
Motivation To Show Feeding Phases1min
Broiler Feeding Behaviour1min
Drinking Behaviour3min
Preening And Dustbathing4min
Stretching, Wing Flapping, Thermoregulation, Sleeping3min
Dominance Behaviour, Aggression, Bird-to-bird Pecking5min
Social Spacing1min
4 leituras
Article on feed choice in chickens10min
Drinking from a nipple drinker or dish10min
Distinction between preening, and oiling + preening10min
Aggression between males10min
1 exercício prático
Behaviour part 130min
2 horas para concluir

Behaviour Patterns of Chickens, Part 2

Welcome back everyone! During this week, we will consider the reproduction process in chickens, from courtship to brooding and hatching of eggs. We will then look at some abnormal behaviours that you might see in chickens. This week will be a combination of video lectures, in-video quizzes, video clips from outside sources, and a downloadable poster on eggshell abnormality.

12 vídeos ((Total 40 mín.)), 6 leituras, 1 teste
12 videos
Mating Behaviour2min
Nesting and Laying Behaviour2min
Brooding Behaviour2min
Problems With Nesting And Laying Behaviour4min
Interview With Johnny - Breeding And Preparing For The Show Ring5min
Interview With Derek - Small-scale Commercial Broiler Incubation And Hatching9min
Feather Pecking And Cannibalism6min
Stereotypic Behaviours1min
Overdrinking (polydipsia)1min
Litter Eating58s
6 leituras
Transcript for interview with Johnny - Breeding and preparing for the show ring10min
Hens that go broody10min
How to assess developing embryos in eggs10min
Egg shell abnormalities10min
Egg eating10min
Different types of feather pecking10min
1 exercício prático
Behaviour part 228min
1 hora para concluir

What is chicken welfare? Defining "welfare", ethical obligations, and welfare standards

During this week, we will consider what we mean by "animal welfare", and how a set of criteria known as the Five Freedoms can help you assess it. Dr Dorothy McKeegan from the University of Glasgow will discuss what the ethical obligations are of meeting an animal's welfare needs, and we will explore some of the various welfare standards that exist. Finally, we will look at welfare indicators, and Dr Barry Thorp from St David's Veterinary Team will discuss with Vicky what signs to look for in chicken flocks to make a welfare assessment. This week's Learning Outcomes: •Define 'welfare' and the Five Freedoms •What drives our ethical choices, including cost-benefit analysis •Describe some welfare standards available worldwide and how they differ •Explain ways to assess welfare, using behavioural and physiological indices

5 vídeos ((Total 16 mín.)), 3 leituras, 2 testes
5 videos
Ethics and Poultry Production4min
Welfare Organisations and Accreditation Schemes2min
Effects of Stressors1min
Assessing Welfare: Behavioural and Physiological Measures5min
3 leituras
Ruth Harrison10min
Article on a 'good life' for hens10min
Welfare accreditation schemes10min
2 exercícios práticos
Welfare, ethics, welfare standards24min
A Life Worth Living Exercise (just for fun)6min
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por CLOct 7th 2016

Fantastic course if you're just starting out in the world of chickens. I feel that I gained vital knowledge which has boosted my confidence in my abilities as a back garden hen keeper.

por ASJun 9th 2016

I found this course to be very informative for those who are beginning to learn about chickens or would like to expand their knowledge to improve conditions for their backyard flock.



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Avian Science Research Centre, SRUC

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