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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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5:03AM PDT on May 31, 2015

thanks for the article.

10:45AM PST on Feb 2, 2015

Didn't know that chickens, and geese, could bond with humans in this way until we lived with them. A wonderful experience. I would love to have some chickens myself, but it's more difficult where I live now that at my sister's place in a rural area.

All life needs to be respected and treated humanely (ok, maybe except mosquitos, ticks, fleas and spiders)

2:49AM PST on Jan 6, 2015

Support free-range poultry production

5:06AM PST on Dec 23, 2014

Lynda H.: "The PCRM is PeTA in white coats, Dorothy." That's a compliment to PCRM no matter what color coats they wear! Two wonderful organizations working hard to lift society out of the dark place of using and abusing animals.

12:49PM PST on Dec 21, 2014

The final truth is this.. Something must die in order for all of us to continue.. That is a fact of nature. And while I appreciate that for many vegans you would like to save every last animal. The fact is that chickens, in specific, have been bred and raised to provide food for the table. If you do not like that fact.. Makes no difference to me.

I am not vegan. My diet is more omnivorous than yours.

It does not mean anything past that.

12:11PM PST on Dec 21, 2014

Obesity is a leading cause of diabetes and heart disease. I have yet to meet a fat vegan. As for vegetarians being depressed -- this is true ONLY if they are junk-food vegetarians rather than balanced, whole-food vegetarians. The same is true for non-vegetarians who consume a great deal of processed junk. And last I checked, a psychiatrist (like Dr. B. from PCRM) IS a doctor! Their training includes courses in the biological sciences and nutrition. One fact that cannot be disputed, my pet rooster, Sir Buddy, would prefer a dirt bath in the sunshine rather than having his head lopped off and his remains cooked!

12:02PM PST on Dec 21, 2014

So we should continue to genetically mutilate and domesticate species for our own pleasure? Sorry, that is a completely inane line of argumentation, Nikki D. Most chickens alive today are an abomination of nature and should not exist. Those chickens live extremely short lives, though.

Just pray you are never reincarnated into a male "laying" chicken.

2:38PM PST on Dec 17, 2014

Let's be realistic here.
If we all became vegetarians, chickens would still be kept to produce eggs for food. But if we all became vegan, the world chicken population would become redundant and would either be culled or, in the main, left to die from neglect. There would not be the resources to maintain the vast numbers of all "crop" animals and birds, so they would diminish.
Not cruelty just necessity.

1:21AM PST on Dec 17, 2014

wow such stupid comments after an article about how smart chickens are.

Vegan New World Order. That is absolutely hilarious. What, less than one percent of the population are now the puppet masters? Fascinating stuff! The new Koch Bros.. ....wait, are the Koch Bros. =gasp= vegan?!

Unfortunately, there is a large, deep body of research out there that clearly shows a complete restriction of cholesterol and decrease in saturated fat intake can have substantial short term and long term effect on blood pressure, cholesterol count, diabetes and general cardiovascular health. When someone is a prime candidate for myocardial infarction, the doctor's first instruction will be to completely or drastically cut one's cholesterol intake. This is not vegan propaganda; this is science, regardless of one's own personal feelings on the subject. A change of diet is often prescribed for many ills, I don't see why this is part of a 'vegan agenda'.

Well, regardless of propaganda, the chickens I have talked to all agree: if you have to eat meat, eat insects. They're full of protein, low fat, eco-happy, wrapped in edible packaging and soooo much less messy than bloody mammals. Crunch, crunch!

8:29AM PST on Dec 14, 2014

@ Dorothy M. @ 11:07am PST on Dec 11, 2014
Keep it real, Gerald L. PCRM, the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine, works to stop ridiculously unnecessary and torturous testing on animals. They are a common sense group of doctors who tell the truth: that diabetes and heart disease can be reversed by adopting a vegan diet,

Dorothy, TO REVERSE DIABETES it DOES NOOOOOT have to be a vegan DIEt!!!! That is misinformation and VEGA spin-doctoring. Interesting that Dr. Barnard is a psychiatrist. I guess he wants to keep a high case load.

Vegetarians More Likely to Suffer From a Mental Disorder, Study Finds
healthyeatingharbor.com/vegetarians-more-likely-suffer-mental-disorder‎
12 Nov 2014 ... Articles vaguely (or not at all) connected to healthy eating. And still ... Increased prevalence of mental disorders in vegetarians. What these ...

Irrational, instilled fears and guilt complexes make for emotional trauma. The verbal abuse, attacks, threats, and sanctioned terrorism against omnivores and farm, CAFOperations, Feedlot operators, Livestock Haulers eg. Oakland Bombings, are all indicative of individuals being primed for the Vegan New World Order. Heres some more propaganda! Check their Archives.

14 Cattle Trucks Burned by Activists at Harris Ranch in Coalinga ...
www.democraticunderground.com/1002145329‎
at about 3:40 am on sunday, january 8th, 14 cattle trucks caught fire at the ..... a gun in some random direction, or setting off a bomb wit

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