Week one of Chicken Behaviour and Welfare has concluded and I passed the weekly test on the first try (due to some good note taking!). The first week discussed animal behavior and domestication; behavior development, including imprinting and other types of learning; and senses. It was interesting to see a drawing of a chicken’s field of vision! Overall, this information seemed fairly general, but I am assuming week one was more of an introduction to the course and building a base to build off of. If you’re interested in joining the course, see my previous post for more information!
One of the articles provided as supplemental reading was enjoyable (see link below) – it discussed the chicken within history, but mostly within the context of food. I couldn’t help but read the following quote, “Chickens accompanied Roman armies, and their behavior was carefully observed before battle; a good appetite meant victory was likely. According to the writings of Cicero, when one contingent of birds refused to eat before a sea battle in 249 B.C., an angry consul threw them overboard. History records that he was defeated.”, and not think about how this sounded like something that should be written into the Game of Thrones battle episode. Does anyone else watch GoT? (Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-the-chicken-conquered-the-world-87583657/#iesHjceX1ghIG2fv.99 – Give the gift of Smithsonian magazine for only $12! http://bit.ly/1cGUiGv – Follow us: @SmithsonianMag on Twitter)
Stay tuned for a new post in the near future about how we decided to help our hen become un-broody and whether or not it worked!