Birds have a quality known as broodiness. It means that, after they lay their eggs, they stick around and take care of those eggs. Most commercial chickens don’t have that quality. And it looks like their complete disregard for their offspring results from one genetic mutation.
Sound advice, CDC! But, uh, just why did you guys feel the need to issue this warning in the first place?
There’s a mystery in your grocery store. Chicken prices have been falling at a fast rate, while egg prices have been changing equally fast — in the opposite direction. Why is this happening? Marketplace took a look at the phenomenon and found that the problem lies in exactly how the avian flu hits.
“Eyeglasses” for chickens were once sold in the thousands — and they weren’t decorative. Rather, they were the only way to stop chickens from murdering each other. Learn why these lenses stopped chickens from killing, and see old film footage of hen specs.
Does what it says on the tin — animals randomly invading the fields of various sporting events. Dogs get pride of place, and seem to think they're participating. But it's not just dogs.
This hen, a rescue animal taken in by Australia's Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary, enjoys purring when she's petted ... just like a cat. So zen. So happy.
What's the difference between "Cage Free," "Farm Fresh," and "Free Range"?
Chickens are getting bigger. A lot bigger. A new study charts the growth of the bird to almost 5 times its size from less than 50 years ago. That change, due mostly to changes in breeding, has brought not only a meatier bird, though, but also one with some new health issues.
We're pretty much settled on birds being dinosaurs, but what would happen if we genetically engineered chickens to be a bit more like the dinosaurs of old? If Twitter's volunteer paleontological illustrators have it right, the chickensaurus would the essence of horror.
Frank Reese is a farmer in Kansas who raises breeds of chicken that are dying out, despite their hardiness and tastiness — because they're of no interest to the poultry industry. But he says that we're going to need these breeds in the future, partly because they may be able to cope better with climate change.
An unusual arrangement of particles has been discovered in the cells of chicken eyes. It's the first time scientists have seen such a system in a biological system — one that allows materials to behave like both a crystal and a liquid.
You already know about the evolutionary areas of overlap between dinosaurs and modern-day birds. Now one group of researchers is using those similarities for science, by attaching a prosthetic tail to a chicken to study how dinosaurs might have walked.
Suppose you keep chickens, and you want to name them according to the Borg designations? So if you've got four chickens, they're one of four, two of four, etc.? So far so good. But then what if one dies and is replaced? That's the dilemma one message board considered.
Millions of years ago, the mighty dinosaur ancestors of chickens ruled the Earth, and in Peter Lippman's photo series Luxury Chicks, these birds are back on top, and they celebrate their superiority by donning designer gems made by human hands.
That's right. I said it. Chickens.
During the short six-to-seven-week life of a factory-raised broiler chicken, the bird is crammed into close quarters with thousands of other chickens selectively bred to mature at an unhealthily fast rate.
For all of you considering a job in the poultry industry, here's an occupational hazard you might not have thought of.
If you're a rooster, it doesn't matter if you're incredibly old - you can still make it with all the hens you want. Even if you're shooting blanks. But how is this good for the future of chickenkind?