Sunday, February 28, 2016

8 facts that will make you go cuckoo for chickens

8 facts that will make you go cuckoo for chickens

There are crazy dog people, crazy cat people – and yep, even crazy 

chicken people.

Most of those who have been lucky enough to adopt a chook have a tendency to fall comb-over-claw for them, and if you’re ever lucky to really get to know a chicken, you’ll understand why. Here are a few of the reasons why chickens leave a mark on the hearts of their human friends:
They feel empathy.1They feel empathy.

Researchers have shown that when a hen’s chicks become distressed –
 she does, too! Her heart starts beating faster and she’ll increase 
vocalisations to her little ones.
They dream.2They dream.

Photo: Two rescued battery hens rest peacefully in the sunshine for 
the first time. Courtesy: Brightside Farm Sanctuary
Ever dreamt you could fly? It probably would have happened during 
REM sleep, which is associated with dreaming. Birds experience REM too ... what do you think they would dream about?
They're all individuals (just like us).3They're all individuals (just like us).

Some of us like finding a quiet corner to read, others want to be the life
 of the party – and chooks are the same (minus the book and the DJ).
 Every chicken has her own likes and dislikes, and favourite things to do in
 her spare time. There are of course, the simple pleasures in life that they
 all enjoy sharing — like sunshine, fresh air and a warm and comfy place
 to sleep. 
They're super smart.4They're super smart.

If you take an object away from a chicken, they will still know it’s there
 (young human kids can’t even do that). Take it from Little Miss Sunshine (pictured) – who’s only too happy to debunk the ‘bird brain’
 myth on behalf of chickens everywhere!
They nail the art of nurturing.5They nail the art of nurturing.

You don’t get much more motherly than a hen — she’s a warm, cuddly
 bundle of love when it comes to her chicks. While she can’t spit on a tissue
crdit/source to wipe the dirt off their cheeks — she will fuss over them like there’s no
 tomorrow, keeping them protected from anything that they’re too little
 to defend themselves against, like predators or the cold. She’ll home
 school them, too — teaching them the ways of chickenhood so they’ll be 
as wise as she is when they grow up.
Note: All reserved rights on  photos credit to the source.
They've got the gift of the gab.6They've got the gift of the gab.

We hear cluckbegerk and bokbok -- but there’s a lot more to it than that. 
Chooks are effectively talking to each other in a language many of us will 
never understand (who’s the bird brain now?). Chickens make distinct 
sounds that can mean anything from ‘OMG guys I found some food’ to ‘kids,
 get back here where I can see you’. Cute fact: a mother hen will start communicating with her chicks while they’re still in the egg – this way,
 when they hatch, they’ll already recognise her voice. 
They're nosey (in a good way).7They're nosey (in a good way).

A chook’s beak isn’t just designed to collect food and water, and chat 
with friends. It’s full of sensory receptors and nerves that enable them to distinguish between types of food, and interact with the world around them.
 This, coupled with their natural curiosity, means chickens LOVE to explore
 and try new experiences.
They just want to be themselves.8They just want to be themselves.

One thing every crazy chicken person knows to be true — is that chooks
 just love being chooks. But tragically, millions of these sensitive and
 intelligent animals are never given the chance to know even the most 
basic joys, hidden away behind the closed doors of factory farms. 
Thankfully, you don't have to be a 'crazy chicken person' (although you
 probably are by now, right?) to be kind to chooks. In fact, thousands of
 caring Aussies are speaking out for these amazing animals every day —
 and it's having a HUGE impact!