Hardback - £170.00

Publication date:

29 September 2020

Length of book:

688 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786764225

With rising consumer concerns about the welfare of farm animals, such as chickens, there is a growing urgency for the livestock production sector to ensure that welfare standards are met throughout the supply chain, from breeding to slaughter.

Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens offers a comprehensive summary on the wealth of recent research completed on understanding chicken behaviour and discusses how best to use this rich body of knowledge to optimise welfare management of broilers and layers. This collection features expert insights into the use of wearable, video and acoustic technologies as a means of monitoring behaviour, as well as improving current welfare protocols.

With its distinguished editor and team of leading experts in their fields, Understanding the behaviour and improving the welfare of chickens will be a standard text for university researchers in poultry and veterinary science as well as ethology. The book will also be an authoritative reference for government and other agencies responsible for the poultry sector and farm animal welfare, as well as companies involved in rearing chickens and processing poultry meat and eggs.

Key features

  • Very strong focus on key advances in understanding chicken behaviour, including sensory perception, pain and stress responses, leaning and cognition as well as social behaviour 
  • Coverage of latest wearable, video and acoustic technologies to monitor chicken welfare 
  • Comprehensive coverage of welfare issues across the value chain, from hatcheries to catching, transport and slaughter
"The proposed contents of this book promise to provide a comprehensive coverage relevant to the behavior and welfare of chickens. The authors have proven expertise in their area of research. Having such information in a single volume should be valuable to a broad audience. I look forward to having a copy of the finished collection."
Paul B. Siegel, University Distinguished Professor (Emeritus), Virginia Tech, USA

"Professor Christine Nicol is one of the foremost scientists in poultry behaviour and welfare. The list of authors comprise not only senior scientists but also promising young poultry ethologists with expertise in particular fields of poultry behaviour and welfare. This publication will be a standard reference on poultry welfare for egg and broiler producers, veterinarians, students, welfare auditors and government authorities. I am convinced that the publication will find a great number of readers in Europe, America, Australia and Asia."Emeritus Professor Werner Bessei, University of Hohenheim, Germany

“Christine Nicol is an international star in her own right and has assembled a highly impressive team. This book will be an excellent source of new knowledge and understanding for all those actively concerned with the principles, practicalities and ethics of food production from these sentient and fascinating animals.”Emeritus Professor John Webster, University of Bristol, UK

"The width and breadth of the contents is impressive, and the authors are all leading scientists in their field. The book will be an important contribution to everybody interested in chicken and poultry farming."
Professor Per Jensen, Linköping University, Sweden; Editor-in-Chief of Applied Animal Behaviour Science