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The Private Life of Chickens

Have you ever wondered what goes on in a chicken’s head? Maybe you’ve pondered why humans have chosen chickens as the domestic farm bird of choice. You might think the chicken is a rather “bird-brained” animal, but in reality they are much more complex than we give them credit for. In a BBC documentary titled “The Private Life of Chickens” we follow Jim Doherty as he learns about chicken pecking orders, how chickens deal with predators, interactions between mother hens and their chicks, and much more. Watch the videos below if you too would like to delve into the private life of the world’s most populous bird.

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  1. Wishing the second video was not cut short. The defense against predators section would have been very interesting to see. Your video link was posted to the “Small Animals” group of Kitchen Gardeners International. We are having a discussion on backyard chickens. Thanks for putting it together.

  2. Wow!Thank you. This has inspired me to get chickens. I’m getting 3! It’s going to be a great way to get rid of all the bread we get from a relative who’s a baker.

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