The behavioural biology of chickens

Christine J. Nicol*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportAuthored book

55 Citations (Scopus)


Chickens are by far the world's most widely farmed animal, kept for both meat and egg production. They are at the centre of many debates regarding housing and production systems, causing significant interest in what lies behind chicken behaviour. This accessible book covers sensory biology, behavioural development, preferences and aversions, social behaviour, learning and cognition, behavioural issues in different systems and solutions for behavioural problems. Authored by an authority on chicken ethology, it brings together the fields of animal behaviour, neuroscience, psychology and epidemiology to provide a comprehensive understanding of chicken behaviour and help improve the lives of farmed chickens around the world.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherCABI Publishing
Number of pages192
ISBN (Print)9781780642499
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2015


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