Most people relate to chicken as sandwiches, strips and buffalo wings. The sum of these parts, the living creature, is rarely considered at mealtime. Maybe you remember hearing somewhere that chickens were one of the stupidest creatures around? Wrong!

Here are the facts as stated by experts...

Chickens are as smart as some mammals, including some primates, according to animal behaviorist Dr. Chris Evans, who runs the animal behavior lab at Macquarie University in Australia and lectures on his work with chickens. He explains that, for example, chickens are able to understand that recently hidden objects still exist, which is actually beyond the capacity of small children.

Dr. Joy Mench, professor and director of the Center for Animal Welfare at the University of California at Davis explains, “Chickens show sophisticated social behavior. … That’s what a pecking order is all about. They can recognize more than a hundred other chickens and remember them. They have more than thirty types of vocalizations.”

In her book The Development of Brain and Behaviour in the Chicken, Dr. Lesley Rogers, a professor of neuroscience and animal behavior, concludes that chickens have cognitive capabilities equivalent to mammals.

When raised out of factory farm conditions, chickens are much like people, dogs and cats.  Chickens have distinct personalities and subtleties that make them unique. They form friendships and social hierarchies, love their young and enjoy happy lives. Some chickens enjoy music, even showing preferences to different genres. Most enjoy human company, others prefer to stick with their own kind.

Chickens enjoy watching television, having eyesight similar to humans.

Chickens have more than 30 distinct cries to communicate to one another, including separate alarm calls depending on whether a predator is traveling by land or sea.

A mother hen will turn her eggs as many as five times an hour and cluck to her unborn chicks, who will chirp back to her and to one another from within their shells!

A hen will often go without food and water, if necessary, just to have a private nest in which to lay her eggs.

Like us, chickens form strong family ties and mourn when they lose a loved one.

Chickens make wonderful pets, check out these links for more information...

Chickens as pets-Bird Hobbyist

The City Chicken

ackyard Chickens

Chicken Diapers

Terry Morris, The Chicken Man

Read about the Charlotte, NC "Chicken Underground"

Fun chicken stuff:

La Pulcina Piccola

Bizarro Comics

Luna-C Arts

Lemon The Duck
handicapped duck teaches others


just awesome!

Please visit these sites for more information about the chickens you eat...

Factory Farming

Animal Sentience

Don't think you can go vegetarian?
Try skipping meat 3 days per week, you just might like it.

You can find lots of tasty meat substitute products like hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, ground beef, 'chicken' nuggets, strips and breasts in your grocery freezer section beside the breakfast items.

Follow these links for meatless meal ideas...

Boca Burger Meatless

Morningstar Farms

Amy's Kitchen

Meatless Monday

* A note about PETA... Although we offer links to PETA affiliated websites, Mr. Joy & his humans do not support PETA or condone their often radical actions. We believe you attract more bees with honey than vinegar.