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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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6:50AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

Most animals have a lot more going on then we think they do. Most humans have a lot less going on then we think we do.

4:04AM PDT on Aug 6, 2014

I didn't realize chickens were so smart.
It's sad that most chickens don't get to show how smart they are, when they are thrown in a cage for all their lives!!
When I was a kid, my aunt & uncle had a farm. I remember feeding the chickens and they were so cute when they were calling the rest for breakfast. I had on flip-flops and one of them pecked my toe. I guess they thought we had brought them a special treat.

5:52PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

I have nothing against retrieving unfertilized eggs from pasture raised hens, there is no cruelty in that. But the massive killing of billions of livestock through unnatural human breeding of them for human selfish greed is cruelty itself. Humanity is at the top of nothing, and does not deserve to overpopulate the earth. They have become an unwanted virus against the natural order of things.

5:49PM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

The human factory farm war against chickens is no different than the holocaust of Hitler's Germany. Humanity is a nightmare against life itself. I don't include the caring ones who are struggling against that but they are overwhelmed by humanity's evil.

3:57PM PDT on May 30, 2014

I can't handle animals suffering and no law will or can get in my way to stop this.Add me to any protest x

10:00PM PDT on May 29, 2014

Didn't realize chickens evolved from dinosaurs!

7:56PM PDT on May 27, 2014

I had a few chickens a lot of years ago. I recognized they did have some intelligence but I didn't realize just how smart they really are. Makes me want to raise some again & watch them a little closer!

6:18PM PDT on May 27, 2014

It's sad most chicken never be able to experience these fascinating & deserving behaviors.

12:46PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Thanks

12:46PM PDT on May 26, 2014

Thanks

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