Bug-munching bacteria

Predatory bacteria with a taste for Salmonella look to be a promising alternative to antibiotics. Research conducted by a team of scientists at the University of Nottingham found that the not-so-friendly bacterium, Bdellovibrio, consumed the harmful Salmonella in the guts of chickens, significantly reducing the infection. Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus is known to prey upon pathogens such […]

Science Behind the Photo #7

A fish’s eye-view of a poultry pen at Mudchute Farm, London shows these free-range chickens happily frolicking in their surroundings. They can count themselves lucky to be living the high life on a visitor-orientated city farm whilst thousands of chickens are being culled in India this month. This past week has seen the Indian Government […]

The Perils of Sexual Imprinting

The zoo needs a psychiatrist, someone is having an identity crisis and it’s not one of the keepers. It is a chicken called Claudio. Suspend your disbelief for a moment; there is a chicken in the zoo that thinks it’s a sheep. Not just any sheep, a Somali Sheep. Chicks have 13-16 hours to imprint […]