Thank you very much to the instructor at Duke University. This course has taught me a great deal of information. Things that I never knew before, it was interesting and rewarding. Thank you very much.
Great information about chickens' instinctive behaviors and the advantages and disadvantages of various means of caring for them. I learned a lot about the various systems used throughout the world.
par Monique H•
I learned a lot from this course: what is normal and necessary behavior for chickens, what they require for welfare, EU regulations, how modern farming methods may fall short of providing true welfare, the challenges of transport, what is required for humane culling and slaughter, and how selective breeding based on human convenience can lead to welfare issues for the birds. Most important: I learned a lot about what my two backyard girls need to be happy.
par RIGGSBERGESEN, C•
This was my first online course ever! I loved it and especially the subject matter. The course is a fantastic overview that has been well-written, clearly envisioned, and well-expressed by Dr. Victoria Sandilands. It included great supplemental material and readings. The feedback was personal and friendly.
Thank you for such a wonderful course!
Wishing Dr. Sandilands further success in her research, as well as taking care of all those hens! :)
par Noelle R•
As a seasoned exotic poultry breeder, I honestly didn’t expect to learn much from this but gave it a go anyway. Much to my surprise, I learned a ton and HIGHLY RECOMMEND it to any and all poultry owners, regardless of the size of your flock. Both you and your birds will greatly benefit from this class. It takes a lot of the guess work out of good poultry husbandry. - Noelle Reagan, Native Colors Exotics, Wisconsin, USA
This is an extremely interesting course. Practical material is presented in a straight forward manner. It is excellent to see real life footage of laying and broiler hens and the environment they are kept. This course is useful for those interested in learning more about their backyard chickens and the type of conditions they require. It is also use for those with an interest in animal welfare in general.
par Matthew Y•
I come from a family of farmers (both sides) and had not the slightest idea that health issues could arise from raising chickens in a free range, or even organic, system. Fantastic course for anyone looking to get into agriculture/farming, such as myself. The University of Edinburgh should be proud of how well their faculty and partners assembled this course. Thank you!
par Muhammad A A•
Thanks Dr. Victoria Sandilands
I learned a lots of new things regarding chicken. highly recommend for beginners to get this certification.
things new for me are ,Housing of chicken ,Incubation related thins, Care of new born chicks, chickens welfare, chicks behaviors most important (pecking and foraging) how to brought up chicks, feed related things. thanks
par andrew s c•
This was brilliant for me as I struggle with reading and a lot of this was done by audio.
I have gained even more knowledge to help me maintain my flock and hope to use this knowledge to progress in the future.
Many thanks to all the staff and teams that made this online course available and flexible.
No doubt ill be back to learn some more :)
par Heather R•
I LOVED this course. I don't have chickens, nor do I have much experience with them, but I want to keep them in the future for our own personal egg production (not commercially). This helped me really understand what I'm in for, and helped me understand different parts of poultry anatomy, behavior, and what I need to do to care for them.
par ABDUL H A K•
THIS COURSE WAS AWESOME , AND GAVE US A NICE EXPOSURE TOWARDS BIRD LIFE AND THE WAY IT IS BEEN TAUGHT TO US WAS EXTRAORDINARY , SPECIAL VOTE OF THANKS TO MY INSTRUCTOR SHE TAUGHT US SO WELL AND GAVE MAXIMUM INFO , THANKS TO COURSERA FOR PROVIDING US THIS SPECIAL PLATFORM TO LEARN AND EXPLORE.......
THANK YOU THANK YOU VERY MUCH
par Andrew P•
Having just commenced a role as a weekend poultry worker,with absolutely zero pre employment knowledge & understanding of chicken welfare this course has really fulfilled my immediate needs. The delivery was clear and the content and quiz sections are challenging enough to make you really take note of the information.
par Simon V d b•
The course consisted of a smart alternation between lecture videos, demonstrative videos, interviews and documents. The instructor spoke clearly and at a thoughtful pace and I appreciate how the videos were filmed on-site. The course also provided tips for anyone keeping chickens in a backyard coop.
par Troy S•
I enjoyed the fact that the background was the real environment. The material was short and to the point and easy to follow yet offered deeper learning with the extra articles that were offered. I was amazed at some of the statistics and that gave me more appreciation of chickens. Thank you.
par Sandra S•
Excellent cours pour ceux et celles qui désirent n apprendre plus sur l'élevage de poules et leur mieux-être. J'aime qu'on ait des exemples de plusieurs parties du monde, pour pouvoir appliquer à notre contexte. C'est un must pour tous ceux et celles qui ont des poules à la maison.
par Kelsey M•
The woman who does the lectures for this course is thorough, well spoken, clear, and consistent. I also felt the the course information was relevant and tailored the the needs of the participant. Take it, even if it's just for fun. It wasn't terribly time consuming whatsoever.
par Leslie S•
Very worthwhile. Great overview of pertinent behavioral, environmental, physiological and biological factors influencing chicken behavior and welfare. Good videos with supplementary materials that added value to the course. Thank you for making this available through MOOC.
par Cynthia C•
I learned a lot! I only wish that there is a section that focuses solely on keeping chickens in the backyard (comparison of breeds, examples of coops, types of feeds, etc.), although I'm not sure if that would fall under chicken behavior and welfare :) Thank you!
par Kimberly M•
I started this course knowing nothing about caring for chickens and have completed it feeling like I now have the knowledge required to properly care for a flock. I have also answered some of my friends questions, leading to the improvement of their flocks lives.
par Jason G•
Despite having minimal knowledge of poultry science prior to taking this course, I found the content to be engaging an informative enough to the point that I can converse about topics regarding the raising of chickens with great confidence. A magnificent course.
par Tamsin C•
Excellent information on how chickens see the world and interact, the problems that can occur when keeping them and how to resolve these problems. Also the stark reality of modern farming. Recommended and required knowledge for all chicken owners and consumers.
par Susan E E•
Second time taking the course. It's that good. Practical information and very well presented. I have put into practice (for my backyard flock) many of the practices covered. Videos great, reading material great, recommended book a super reference. Thanks!
par CIRO A•
El contenido del curso cumplió con mis expectativas, les agradezco que me haya permitido participar en el mismo.
Solo hablo español, pero pude acceder a los contenidos del curso usando el traductor de Google.
CIRO ALFONSO DÍAZ GALVIS
par Anna P P C•
If you are looking for very a very detailed knowledge about behaviour this is not what you are looking for, but if you want to have the general idea to start to get involved deeper in poultry farming is ideal, although it is perfect to start a backyard flock.
par Melanie D•
Very interesting course, covering the many facets of chicken behavior & the many issues to be considered. A must course for anyone planning to raising chickens on a small or large scale. Especially appropriate for a person hoping to have backyard chickens.
par Tesla G•
THANK YOU for not showing images of the stunning/slaughter process. Much appreciated. I learned a lot about chickens in this course. Thank you for sharing the knowledge and I hope all other countries can catch up with the EU when it comes to animal welfare!
par Christine C•
I loved everything about this course. I've owned chickens for three years and learned a ton about behavior and welfare that I didn't know previously. This was like taking a master's course and the professor rocked this course. Thank you for offering this!