Richard Blatchford

Richard Blatchford

Position Title
Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Unit
Animal Science


Bio

Blatchford, an assistant Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science, focuses on the husbandry, behavior, and welfare of small- to large-scale poultry production. Blatchford completed his Ph.D. in animal behavior at UC Davis before joining the faculty in 2015.

Research interests:

Animal welfare, poultry husbandry, poultry behavior, backyard flocks

Brief overview:

My research focus is on the husbandry, behavior, and welfare of small- to large-scale poultry production. I am particularly interested in understanding the challenges facing small-scale and backyard-poultry flocks, as well as the impacts of housing systems in large-scale facilities on poultry health and welfare. I am also interested in developing on-farm assessment tools for producers to monitor the health and welfare of their own flocks.

Current projects:

  • Predation mitigation strategies for pasture-based laying hen operations
  • Understanding variation in physical condition of chickens in various housing systems
  • Behavioral management of backyard flocks in urban areas
  • Training programs for on-farm assessments for producers

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