Avian Facilities


Manager Avian Facilities:

Kristy Smith
Meyer Hall Avian
(530) 752-3537

Assistant Manager:

Jacqueline Pisenti
Hopkins Avian Facility
(530) 752-2874

The Avian Facilities are split between two locations: The Meyer Hall Hatchery & Avian Facility and the Hopkins Avian Facility. The Meyer Hall location allows for easy access for researchers and students and provides a laboratory setting for controlled experiments. The Hopkins Avian Facility provides a massive amount of space for larger projects and our adult chicken flock which is housed in an industry like setting.

Meyer Hall Hatchery & Avian Facility


The Meyer Hall Hatchery is located in the lower level of Meyer Hall. The hatchery supports all facility reproduction and also supplies eggs and chicks to the other departments on the UC Davis campus, as well as other researchers worldwide.

The Meyer Hall Avian Facility provides intensive research facilities for faculty and students. With the ability to house multiple species in a variety of precisely controlled and monitored environments and chambers, it offers researchers an invaluable resource.

Hopkins Avian Facility


Located on Hopkins Road, across from the University Airport, the Hopkins Avian Facility houses multiple species including Chickens, Parrots and Japanese Quail. Composed of more than 15 buildings on 18 acres, research and teaching can be carried out in a variety of buildings and environments. The facility houses many rare genetic lines of chickens that are invaluable in research and preservation of the chicken diversity.

 For more information see the Avian Genetic Resources at Risk Publication:
pdf icon http://grcp.ucdavis.edu/publications/doc20/full.pdf 


Student Opportunity

 Both the Meyer and Hopkins facilities are involved in the ANS 49 classes (H and K) which are the best way to start hands-on learning about the facilities. Both also offer internships (ANS 92/192) for the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer I&II sessions. Please apply through the Advising center (http://asac.ucdavis.edu/).

Research Opportunity

Our facilities can support a variety of research projects with many different species in many different housing set-ups.  Our environmental chambers also allow for complete manipulation of the experimental environment.  If you are interested in using our facilities for a research project, please contact our general manager, Kristy Smith (knsmith@ucdavis.edu).

Egg Shipments

Our facilities also ships fertile eggs for research, including our unique genetic lines.  For more information, please see our Egg Order Form at:

Current Faculty Conducting Research


Dr. Annie King: Internships are available throughout the year to conduct research on the use of agricultural by-products from processing of grains, fruits, vegetable and nuts in diets of layers and broilers.

Dr. Kirk Klasing:  Our research focuses on quantifying the nutritional costs of immune defenses against infectious disease during growth and reproduction.  

Dr. Mary Delany:  Our research revolves around chicken telomere biology, especially focusing on the organization, inheritance, regulation and stability of telomere array organization.  We also study inherited developmental mutations and have several different genetic strains of research chickens.

Dr. Huaijun Zhou:  Our primary goal is to understand genetic regulation of host responses and basic mechanisms of pathogen virulence in animals, especially concerning food-borne bacteria such as Campylobacter, Salmonella and the Avian Influenza Virus.

Dr. Joy Mench: Our research focuses on the assessment and improvement of animal welfare.  We are particularly interested in improving housing, handling, and management of poultry.

Dr. Silas Hung:  My laboratory is actually focused on nutrition and toxicology of white sturgeon, but every spring quarter, I teach ANS 136B where we conduct feed trials on layer chickens to teach students how to model and execute their own scientific research study.

Dr. David Guzman and Dr. Joanne Paul-Murphy:  Our research focuses on parrot welfare and medicine, especially focusing on the benefits of naturalistic feeding behavior.  We also do research with the cockatiel colony on avian analgesia, looking at the metabolism and effectiveness of opiods and evaluating the effect of GNRH agonists in reproduction. 


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