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Cover for Development of the brain and behaviour.

The basic structure of the bird brain is shared with other vertebrates and is formed from five divisions. The spinal cord ascends to the hindbrain (myelencephalon and metencephalon), the midbrain (mesencephalon) and the forebrain (diencephalon and telencephalon). Every sensory system except for the ...

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642499)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Social behaviour.

Behaviours that favour group cohesion include courtship and reproductive behaviours, communication about food and threats, recognition and affiliation with familiar individuals, a social dominance structure that minimizes overt aggression and a tendency towards social facilitation that can increase ...

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642499)
Type
Book chapter
CABI Book Chapter Info
Cover for Learning, intelligence and cognition.

This chapter describes the remarkable learning and cognitive abilities of chickens and shows that both unlearned and learned behaviour in chickens can be complex and flexible. This chapter also discusses the flexibility of their behaviour and the ways in which their learning and cognitive abilities ...

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.
ISBN
2015 CABI (H ISBN 9781780642499)
Type
Book chapter
Abstract

The aim of our study was to explore the association between dominance rank and body condition in outdoor group-living domestic horses, Equus caballus. Social interactions were recorded using a video camera during a feeding test, applied to 203 horses in 42 herds. Dominance rank was assigned to 194...

Author(s)
Giles, S. L.; Nicol, C. J.; Harris, P. A.; Rands, S. A.
Publisher
Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2015, 166, pp 71-79
AbstractFull Text

In recent times, market forces, public attitudes and legislation have all lead to a largely worldwide decrease (see Introduction) in the use of conventional cages for laying hens and a trend towards housing in large group systems. We investigated whether a large group system provided good welfare...

Author(s)
Freire, R.; Wilkins, L. J.; Short, F.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Poultry Research Foundation, Sydney, Australia
Citation
Proceedings of the 17th Australian Poultry Science Symposium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 7-9 February 2005, 2005, pp 207-210
Abstract

Although horses are social animals they are often housed individually with limited social contact to other horses and this may compromise their welfare. The present study included eight young female horses and investigated the strength of motivation for access to full social contact, head contact...

Author(s)
Søndergaard, E.; Jensen, M. B.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 132, 3/4, pp 131-137
Abstract

Laying hens generally choose to aggregate, but the extent to which the environments in which we house them impact on social group dynamics is not known. In this paper the effect of pen environment on spatial clustering is considered. Twelve groups of four laying hens were studied under three...

Author(s)
Collins, L. M.; Asher, L.; Pfeiffer, D. U.; Browne, W. J.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2011, 129, 1, pp 43-53
Abstract

Gregarious animals living in permanent social groups experience intra-group competition. Conflicts over resources can escalate into costly aggression and, in some conditions, non-dispersive forms of conflict resolution may be favoured. Post-conflict friendly reunions, hence reconciliation, have...

Author(s)
Cozzi, A.; Sighieri, C.; Gazzano, A.; Nicol, C. J.; Baragli, P.
Publisher
Elsevier Ltd, Oxford, UK
Citation
Behavioural Processes, 2010, 85, 2, pp 185-190
Abstract

Author(s)
Nicol, C. J.; Pope, S. J.
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 1999, 57, 1, pp 163-171
Abstract

It has been argued that social learning helps animals either avoid noxious substances or identify food items, but evidence suggests that avian social learning is fundamentally different from that of mammals. In two experiments, we investigated whether the preferences of 80 domestic hens, Gallus g....

Author(s)
Sherwin, C. M.; Heyes, C. M.; Nicol, C. J.
Publisher
Academic Press, London, UK
Citation
Animal Behaviour, 2002, 63, 5, pp 933-942

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