Next time you eat eggs or eat a chicken, say a silent thank you for the gift this breed has given you. We have a symbiotic relationship with livestock. They provide us food and we provide the continuation of their species. Sadly we have broken our ancient pact with our domestic animals through industrial farming and genetically modifying our friends to the point where they are no longer able to function outside the industrial grid. If the grid goes down so does our livestock who can no longer breed without human intervention or walk because of genetically engineered massive muscle growth. Hundreds of domestic livestock breeds are going instinct because of industrial farming practices, which only use several breeds of animal for production. You don’t hear the animal lovers, vegans, and vegetarians screaming, “save our heritage livestock,” do you? I wonder why? Maybe they hate meat eating people so much they want our domesticated animals to go extinct? Some of the meanest people I have met, those who are mean to other people, have said some of the vilest things to other people to defend their views regarding eating animals are vegans and vegetarians. I guess not eating meat does not make you a kinder person.
I grew up with chickens they were my best friends when humans around me were absolutely crazy mean. As a child I would hang out with my kind and loving chickens and never feel stupid or unwanted. “A chicken can be loving,” you ask? In their way they can, they aren’t human but they do care about those who are in their flock. Every movement a chicken makes is a form of communication. If you sit with them over time you can see this language, get to know it and start communicating with them. I have a special group I am breeding called the “Super Friendlies.” The Super Friendly chicken is friendly towards humans, tries to communicate through eye contact and body/feather position, especially how the head moves. The super friendlies also are leaders in their group, aggressive but not mean. They are hunters, killing mice and rats. Super friendlies also make great brooders, sticking to their nest several days after the first chick hatches.
“Few people think about the chicken as intelligent, however. In recent years, though, scientists have learned that this bird can be deceptive and cunning, that it possesses communication skills on par with those of some primates and that it uses sophisticated signals to convey its intentions. When making decisions, the chicken takes into account its own prior experience and knowledge surrounding the situation. It can solve complex problems and empathizes with individuals that are in danger.”