There are crazy dog people, crazy cat people – and yep, even crazy
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.
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.
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).
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
They'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.
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.
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They've got the gift of the gab.
We hear cluck, begerk 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).
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.
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!