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10 Fascinating Facts About Chickens

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6. Chickens are a lot more clever than you think.

Recent studies have shown that chickens are intelligent animals with many attributes akin to that of primates. They are able to solve complex problems, understand cause and effect, pass on knowledge, demonstrate self control and worry about the future.

7. Chickens are technically dinosaurs.

Research has proven that not only have chickens evolved from dinosaurs and are the closest living relative to the magnificent T. rex, they are in fact living dinosaurs.

8. Chickens place great importance on building a private nest.

They start by scratching a shallow bed in the ground, then carry twigs and leaves to their nest on their backs where they let the material slide off and build up around the rim.  They will even go without food and water in favor of creating a private nest safe from predators.

9. Chickens have excellent memories.

They are able to recognize and remember more than 100 different individuals, including humans.

10. Chickens are able to comprehend object permanence.

Even when an object is taken away from them and hidden, chickens are able to comprehend that it still exists. Not many animals have the ability to do this, and neither do young human children.

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6:44AM PDT on Jul 15, 2015

Thanks for these facts. I didn't know most of them. I wish people would stop eating them!

3:19AM PDT on Jun 28, 2015

Very interesting. I can't understand how people can treat them so terribly(
Thank you for sharing =)

5:21PM PDT on Jun 24, 2015

Isn't that something? To think they want to enjoy life like the rest of us, yet WE allow the factory farms to put them through a miserable existence. I hope the same happens in the end for those who poison the lives of any animal.

4:33AM PDT on Jun 24, 2015

more chicken wonders. they can "make a dinosaur" with chicken.

2:30PM PDT on Jun 23, 2015

Very interesting!

As a Bible believer, I have nothing against eating chickens, but cruelty is never justified. (The Bible specifically teaches humane treatment of animals.)

4:04PM PDT on Jun 19, 2015

this article was very interesting. Thanks for notifying me about chickens

7:26AM PDT on Jun 19, 2015

My chickens were a delight. I always talked with them and that is why my children called me "Psycho chicken".
Years later, when I was in my rooms seeing patients, my son came in and gave me a baby chicken and asked me to look after it. He was working at the museum and saw s some male chickens being fed to a crocodile.
The chicken grew into a magnificent red rooster who believed that I was his mother. He taught me a lot. One of the things I learnt is the instinctive vocal language that they have. I can warn a hen or rooster that there is danger from above, say that I have found some food, that I am here and that would it please follow me, that this is very nice and I am blissfully happy and a few other things. All in fowl language.
I was shown that the rooster really, really loved me and missed me when I was away working, but of course, he was a rooster and I had to understand that he was my superior!

8:58AM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thanks

8:57AM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Thanks

3:00AM PDT on Jun 18, 2015

Chickens have separate vocalizations for hawks, raccoons, and their people! They are cool. I don't like the taste of chicken, but sadly, I do love their eggs!

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