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.
Marjory Wildcraft is an Expedition Leader and Bioneer Blogger with The [Grow] Network, which is an online community that recognizes the wisdom of “homegrown food on every table.” Marjory has been featured as an expert on sustainable living by National Geographic, she is a speaker at Mother Earth News fairs, and is a returning guest on Coast to Coast AM. She is an author of several books, but is best known for her “Grow Your Own Groceries” video series, which is used by more than 300,000 homesteaders, survivalists, universities, and missionary organizations around the world.