Sydney Baker (M.S. Student)

Sydney Baker (M.S. Student)

 Overview:

Research conducted in the Makagon Lab focuses on interplay between the behavior, welfare and management of poultry, including ducks, turkeys, laying hens and broilers.  We broadly focus on 3 topic areas:  1) assessing the effects of the physical and social environments on bird behavior, 2) evaluating the relationship between behavior and bone integrity, and 3) developing and validating practical, species-specific welfare assessment measures.  A common goal of this work is to develop strategies to help minimize behavior-related poultry management issues while optimizing bird welfare and production.

Recent areas of focus include:

  • Environmental enrichment for broiler chickens
  • Behavioral correlates and risk factors of keel bone damage in laying hens
  • Duck reproductive behaviors
  • Thermoregulatory behavior of laying hens
  • Quantitative assessment of the walking abilities of Pekin ducks
  • Utility of the transect method as a tool for assessing the welfare of commercial turkeys and ducks