This is quite a fascinating BBC video which answers some questions you may never have thought of such as:
– how smart are chickens?
– can chickens have a sex change?
– can a chicken revert back to a wild state?
– how do chickens communicate?
– can mother hens correct her chicks behavior?
Of the 10,000 species of birds on this planet, only 7 have been domesticated. And of these, the chicken is the most widely used livestock on the planet. While there are approximately 7 billion humans on earth, there are more than 19 billion chickens according the UN FAO Stats
With those kinds of numbers, I am guessing that you probably have some chickens right now, or are planning to get some. In addition to my somewhat sensational list above, this show has a lot more information. I was surprised to find that a chicken’s right eye is used for finding food, while the left is dedicated to watching for predators. There is also a lot of great footage and discussion about chicken language and behaviors. And meeting Jane Howorth and her chicken rescue project is quite inspiring.
This is definitely worth watching.
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