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Normal poultry behavior and dealing with behavioral problems in small and backyard flocks

Dr. Richard Blatchford will be discussing what behaviors you can expect from your backyard flock and how to deal with any behavioral problems that may arise, such as feather pecking and egg eating. Richard am a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on laying hen and broiler chicken behavior, management, and welfare both on commercial farms as well as experimental facilities. He also has interests in behavioral management of backyard flocks, primarily through outreach to urban flock owners. Richard has been interviewed on backyard poultry behavior for the Davis Enterprise, Sacramento Bee, and Chickens Magazine. He has also given one-on-one advice at events such as the California State Fair Hatchery Exhibit and the Tour-de-Cluck (Davis, CA).


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