We all love chickens. At some point we all think of keeping some chickens around as pets. Our kids would likely enjoy the exciting journey of raising them. But, we still need to learn as much as we can about chickens to be good at keeping them around. The great news is that we can use our chicken coloring pages to learn as many facts as we can about our chickens. For example, we can find out things like what time they prefer to start their day. Or what they enjoy snacking on the most.
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This list of interesting facts about chickens is informative even for seasoned chicken owners. Let’s dive right into it.
1. They Have Exceptional Eyesight
Contrary to popular belief, chickens have better eyesight than we do. Most of us believe that chickens are colorblind which means that they have poor eyesight. The thing is that we have only three types of cones that help us to see primary colors, blue, green, and red. However, our chickens have an additional two cones that help them to distinguish between ultraviolet and violet light.
This helps our chickens to stay alert of any predators that lurk in the shadows. In addition, this is the main reason why our chickens wake up earlier than we do. They can actually see the sun rising way before we can. As a result, they crow before our alarms can wake us. Even though we can’t highlight this fact in our coloring pages, it’s always a great idea to color a rooster crowing in them.
2. They Teach Each Other
I have noticed that when the chicks are very young, they stick very close to their mother hens. According to research, there is a reason why they do this. They are teaching their young what to eat and what they should stay away from. This is very similar to how we take care of our kids, and observe what they put in their mouths when they’re still young. When we color in our chickens, we should have a section where we show this bond between mother hens and their chicks.
3. They Have a Language for Communicating
I was surprised to find that the loud noises that chickens make throughout the day is a way that they communicate. Moreover, they can make a variation of over 30 unique sounds. They use each sound to convey a different purpose. For example, whenever we hear chickens clicking or crowing, we should stay alert for something. It either means that they want food or there’s imminent danger.
But that’s not all. The roosters are the ones that lead the pack with communicating. So, whenever they find food, they make a sound that signals that the hen and chicks should stop to eat. And they can also make sounds to tell us when they need something.
4. They Know Their Owner
Studies suggest that our chickens can recognize more than one hundred faces. So, if they have two owners, it’s not difficult for them to recognize our faces. Even if they have a different person feeding them each morning. They will still know how to differentiate between different faces. Chicken owners also claim that these seemingly smart birds can also recognize our other pets.
5. They’re Smarter than Human Babies
Our chicks have to grow up at a fast pace when you compare them to human babies. Things like object permanence can take months for our babies to learn. Yet, with chicks, they can learn these things in as little as 2 days. It’s essential for chicks to learn many abilities quickly so that they can avoid being prey for larger birds like hawks and eagles.