Chickens

Resources About Chickens

A guide on the care of chicken residents at your animal sanctuary in cold temperatures, including heating, humidity and bedding considerations.
A guide on the care of chicken residents at your animal sanctuary in cold temperatures, including heating, humidity and bedding considerations.
An image of a small white feather on a black background. The feather has a fluffy end near the quill, and the top is tightly organized.
Learn all about feather anatomy and what feathers can tell you about the health and well-being of avian residents at your animal sanctuary
Learn all about feather anatomy and what feathers can tell you about the health and well-being of avian residents at your animal sanctuary
An introductory guide for common chicken health issues, illnesses, and diseases. When in doubt, always contact an expert or veterinarian for evaluation!
An introductory guide for common chicken health issues, illnesses, and diseases. When in doubt, always contact an expert or veterinarian for evaluation!
What are some of the common reproductive concerns chickens face? Excerpts from our Compassionate Care Classroom courses.
What are some of the common reproductive concerns chickens face? Excerpts from our Compassionate Care Classroom courses.
This excerpt from our Compassionate Care Classroom focuses on the mobility issues that tend to be more common in large breed chickens.
This excerpt from our Compassionate Care Classroom focuses on the mobility issues that tend to be more common in large breed chickens.
An introductory guide to avian influenza including answers to the most frequently asked questions about this disease.
An introductory guide to avian influenza including answers to the most frequently asked questions about this disease.

Fun Facts About Chickens

Did you know that many chickens (less so in large breed chickens) choose to “work” for their food? This is called contra-freeloading. Chickens have demonstrated that they will often choose to press a button or ring a bell for food instead of eating from a readily available food source. They may enjoy the extra engagement and stimulation provided.
Chickens are able to see more colors than humans! While the human retina contains cones that are sensitive to wavelengths of red, blue and green, chickens have an additional cone that can detect violet wavelengths, including some ultraviolet wavelengths!
While it might just sound like a bunch of clucking to an unfamiliar observer, chicken “language” consists of at least 24 different vocalizations! This doesn’t even include how they communicate through visual displays.

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