Richard Blatchford

Richard Blatchford

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist

Department of Animal Science

Office Phone: 530-752-8763


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


Updated February 2016


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