6 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

By Dr. Becker

Every year, eight million chickens are consumed in the United States and unfortunately, most of these chickens spend their short lives living in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that are unhealthy, inhuman and overpopulated.

This type of intensive animal husbandry is unsustainable and destructive to the environment, but above all, it is incredibly cruel for chickens, especially as they are beginning to learn more about the cognitive and emotional capacities of these birds.

Although it is a fact not known to many, chickens are quite intelligent and sensitive beings deserving basic protections which allows them to live as they should - have access to the open air and enough space to move at least.

Fascinating Facts About Chickens

Chickens are seen primarily as a food source , but they are much more than that. Here is a sample of the curious facts about the chickens that will probably change the way you see these birds from now on.

1. Chickens Could Be Smarter Than Toddlers

The study titled "The Intelligent Hen" revealed that chickens are capable of doing many things they can normally do children 4 years and over.

Among them, distinguish numbers greater than five and use transitive interference or the idea of ​​whether A is greater than B and B is greater than C, then A is greater than C.

They have also shown self-control in their ability to delay gratification (ie, leaving food at the time to eat it later).

They also show behavioral flexibility , can navigate using the sun at 2 weeks of age, seem to have some kind of understanding of physics and even have the ability to plan ahead and show empathy.

Chickens make at least 30 different sounds, including "cluck," "cackle," "chirp," or "squawk," each with its own translation. They make different sounds to ask for attention, food, warn about predators (and even to distinguish between airborne and terrestrial predators) and more.

According to Seeker , " they start talking to their chicks in soft tones while they are still in the egg - if you listen carefully you can hear how the chicks respond by chirping from inside the egg. "

3. Chickens Feel Empathy

Females show signs of anguish and anxiety when their chicks are under stressful situations. This demonstrated that these birds "possess at least one of the essential vital attributes of empathy," which is the ability to be affected by the emotional state of another.

4. Chickens Dream

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Chickens' sleep patterns are very similar to mammalian sleep patterns (although they are more related to reptiles and amphibians).

You have REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which is when you dream, although it happens for a few seconds at a time (compared to humans, who dream for minutes to an hour). >

5. Chickens Are Demanding

When choosing a mate, hens tend to prefer couples with the larger red crest (at the top of their heads), which may be a status indicator health of the rooster. It is believed that the chin (the red part under your chin) at the beginning could help attract the attention of a hen.

6. Chickens Live in a Complex Social World and Can Solve Problems

Chickens are much more intelligent and social than many people believe. Science has shown, for example, that chickens use very complex forms of communication, similar to those used by primates and crows, and also: ✓ Participate in self-assessments and compare with others in their group

✓ They recognize up to 100 individuals by their physical characteristics as well as their social status.

group, such as foraging and nesting

✓ Have long-term memory of events and retain and apply past learning

✓ Express emotions such as pain, fear, excitement and boredom

✓ Participate in pleasure-seeking behaviors such as ground baths and sunbathing

> "Although chickens show comparable feelings (such as pain, fear, and happiness), they also undoubtedly possess their own unique forms of emotion and consciousness that even the most rigorous scientific evidence will not understand - simply because these inimitable perspectives of chickens can not be recorded either conceptually or experimentally within the human domain. "

Supports Farmers Breeding Chickens Humanitarily

"From the hatching stage to the breeding and slaughter of the chickens, the science presented ... confirms that the chickens exploited for their meat and eggs endure an impressive degree of physical and psychological suffering."

One of the simplest ways you can help eradicate this problem is to boycott all CAFO products and support farmers who raise animals properly, ie animals that can forage, take naps under the sun, wallow in the ground , in short, be a chicken.

  • Adam Floyd