Chickens are, without a doubt, some of the smartest animals we know. They can solve complex puzzles, recognize more than 100 faces and understand the consequences of their actions. Chickens have proven to be so intelligent that some researchers believe they possess a sixth sense – something that scientists refer to as “emergence behavior.” This is essentially when one chicken’s behavior influences the actions of other chickens unexpectedly. In other words, it’s like seeing one chicken run from danger and hearing an entire flock take flight from that same danger almost simultaneously. The question is, why aren’t these amazing chickens living in your home instead of in a cage on a factory farm? Let’s take a look at some of the reasons.
Are Chickens Dumb?
Chickens are extremely intelligent animals with special abilities that amaze scientists. A study from the University of Queensland revealed that chickens have the intelligence to solve complex problems, something even humans struggle with. Another study found that chickens can recognize human faces and learn to associate people’s faces with danger or safety. Chickens can recognize up to 50 other chickens in their group and have excellent spatial memory. They navigate by using the stars as a compass and can count up to eight, something humans have difficulty with.
The Dangers of Living With Chickens
- Chickens are notoriously dirty animals. The average home has a hard time keeping up with daily and weekly cleaning. You may have to clean twice a day or once a week, or both.
- You may have to clean more often. You may have to completely redecorate your home. You may also have to replace your curtains or another decor in your home. You may have to replace or redo your floors. If you decide to let your chicken’s free range,
- you have to be ready for some poop in your garden. If you decide to let your chickens free range, you have to be ready for some poop in your house. You may also have to give your chickens their designated areas within your home. Chickens are also loud.
- They cluck, squawk and make a variety of other noises. They are also aggressive by nature. They will peck each other and you if you let them. They will peck your children. They will peck your guests. They will peck your furniture. They will peck your walls.
- They will peck your curtains. They will peck your painted walls. They will peck the floor. They will peck the ceiling. They will peck the light fixtures. They will peck the plants. They will peck the pots. They will peck the windows. They will peck the walls. They will peck the doorways. They will peck the doors. They will peck the floor. They will peck the ceiling.
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- They will peck the flowers. They will peck the grass. They will peck the trees. They will peck the vegetables.
- They are messy and dirty animals. They are loud, aggressive, and messy animals that make a mess in your home and garden with their droppings, feathers, poop, urine, and poop all over your house, yard, or garden.
- They are noisy animals that can be heard from outside of your home or yard at all hours of the day or night. This can be very annoying to you when you want to sleep in late at night or early morning hours when you have to get up for work in the morning.
- You have to be ready for some poop on your floor every time you step into your house or yard because they won’t go in their designated area but rather go wherever they want within your home or yard (or even outside) as they see fit whenever they feel like it without any regard for other chickens that may live nearby or any consideration for what may happen if one of them gets sick from their droppings (which is highly likely). Chickens also make a lot of noise while they move around within their home which means that they will peck the doors.
- They are messy animals by nature. They will poop everywhere. They will poop on your carpet, your furniture, your floors, and your walls. They will poop on the ceiling, the floor, and the walls of their coop or run and they can even poop in your home if you let them free range.
- They can spread disease to humans and other animals by way of their droppings and feathers. Their droppings can also become a serious health hazard if you have animals or children in your home with allergies to chicken feathers or droppings (which is very common). Chickens are also noisy by nature, so you may have to deal with noise complaints from neighbors if you decide to keep them as pets in a residential area (or if they are free ranging).
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- They will peck the plants. They will peck the pots. They will peck the plants. They will peck the pots.
- They are dirty, noisy, and aggressive animals that can cause a lot of damage to your home and your family members.
- They smell bad and they stink up your home or yard with their droppings and urine. If you let them free range, they will make a mess of your property, especially if they have access to food and water outside of their cage or enclosure at all times.
- They are loud, smelly, and aggressive animals that can cause a lot of damage to your home and your family members if you let them free range in your yard or on your property at all times without taking precautions to keep them contained within an enclosure or pen when not being supervised by an adult at all times while in their cage or enclosure at all times at all times
- They are noisy and can be a nuisance when you are trying to relax or sleep. They can be loud and annoying when you are trying to have a conversation with someone else in your home or even when you are trying to have a conversation with yourself in your own home.
- You may have to clean up after them all the time because they poop, pee and make lots of messes all over your house, yard, and garden. You may have to clean up after them all the time because they poop, pee and make lots of messes all over your house, yard, and garden, which means you will need to buy more cleaning supplies (paper towels, toilet paper, cleaning wipes) than you normally would need to keep up with daily cleaning of your home or yard.
Chickens are some of the smartest animals in the world, and yet, we’ll often eat their eggs or turn them into nuggets and sandwiches. We’re not going to stop eating chicken any time soon, but when you know the truth about factory farming, you can make better decisions about where you put your money. The best way to make a difference is to buy less meat and fewer animal products in general. The less demand there is for chicken products, the fewer chickens will be killed for food.